Glass Industry

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Key challenges in the glass industry

  • higher dust emission,
  • uneven particle size distribution,
  • water vapour dew-points,
  • acid dew-points,
  • liquid solubility,
  • extreme temperatures,
  • toxic mixtures,
  • flammable or explosive gases,
  • raw material contamination

Gas analysis is an important factor within the glass industry when it comes to the management of all production processes - from raw material handling and silo monitoring, to glass melting furnace, and onwards to transport, forming and annealing stages, as indicated in the box above. Gas analysis plays a significant role in developing process control for different stages of production. The main function of process control is to optimise the whole process with regard to energy and material usage as well as product quality:

  • Evaluation and management of a production process
  • Influence of measured parameters on key operational performance
  • Critically important gas compositions i.e. for energy consumption (fuel/air ratio)
  • Risk and hazard management associated with toxic gases
  • Knowledge of reaction yield through by-product analysis
  • Information about corrosive gases for plant asset protection

Also highly important is the control of explosion risk. Here, the absence of oxygen and the lower explosion limits (LEL) of gases are fundamental.

Analytical processes provide important information on the characteristics and quality of a product. Also gas emissions from raw materials are measurable, i.e. sulfur dioxide. Manufacturing processes can proceed in an environment of fluctuating and extremely high temperatures. Varying gas humidity, acid dew-point and corrosivity present further challenges, as do high dust concentrations and uneven particle size distribution. Even selenium is traceable if conditioned properly in front of an analyser.

M&C products provide

  • Conditioning of gases from manufacturing processes
  • Appropriate corrosion proof and temperature resistant materials
  • Filtration technologies for all expected particle sizes
  • Mitigation of adverse affects of acid and water dew-points
  • Fulfillment of all requirements for cooling and filtration of acids
  • Management of water vapor and acid dew-points for analyzer requirements
  • Associated optimisation of sample gas pumps and filters
  • Also, liquid and flow alarms from one single supplier

M&C engineers are expert in most of the different processes in the glass industry. They are highly skilled in recognizing the measurement duty, assessment of problems and will work closely with the customers to deliver the best gas analysis solutions. Renowned characteristics of M&C products are:

  • Low maintenance and reliable operation
  • Durable products and systems
  • Rapid cost benefit through extended life-cycle
  • Modern and application-specific solutions
  • Specialist explosion-proof design

In practice, different options may be available to achieve the required goals. To discuss the most suitable solutions to meet your specific needs and technical requirements, we would welcome your personal contact at any time.

Glass Industry

M&C – Embracing Challenge

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