Tristar Glass improves quality and minimizes remakes
“I was very impressed at how quickly we were able to install the new ProL-zone upgrade on our existing lamination line – only 3.5 days – and I’ve been equally impressed with the high-quality output,” says Rob Carlson, Mechanical Engineer at Tristar Glass, Inc.’s Tulsa, Oklahoma facility. “Glaston’s convection technology has exceeded every expectation. The system really does work as well as they said it would – maybe even better!”
Tristar Glass has been a long-time Glaston customer with its tempering furnaces at three of the company’s locations in Tulsa, as well as Houston and Dallas, Texas.
“We had been looking at various lamination line options but decided at the GlassBuild show in August 2017 to go with Glaston’s ProL-zone to replace our existing lamination line from another manufacturer. Essentially, we upgraded the oven and nip section, while leaving the rest of the line in place.”
Rob and his team were worried at first that the ProL-zone was running at slower speeds than the infrared technology line. “Instead, we have seen a big reduction in remakes, thanks to the high quality that the new line produces. This also helps us reduce lead times.”
Right after the glass started to come out, a special glass expert was visiting Tristar Glass to check the new product quality and oven productivity for an acceptance test. With an infrared thermometer in his hands, the visitor checked most of the products and the number of defects he found was zero. When measuring the temperature variance of 3,000 mm glass from the leading to the trailing edge as it left the oven, a difference of only 1 °C was recorded. He was amazed.
“And energy savings with the new oven has been phenomenal. With our old line, we were running at 350 amps, whereas we’re now down to 44 amps with our new one.”
Super Sealed Units, UK
“With growing demands in our market, we needed to bring our older Glaston furnace up to modern standards. Thanks to the installation done over Christmas break, we were able to save time – to get up and running quickly at the start of the year,” says Sanjay Meghani, Director, at Super Sealed Units Ltd in Dunstable, UK. “Today, we are able to temper higher performance glass, achieve flatter results and utilize the full furnace bed for greater volumes.”Read more
Independent Glass, UK
#Heating chamber replacement #ProL #Upgrades
“Integration is always the biggest risk when combining sections from two different manufacturers,” says Andrew Smith, Group Manufacturing Manager at Independent Glass. Speaking about his company’s recent upgrade, he continues: “The entire upgrade project with Glaston’s ProL-zone went very smoothly. We’ve now been able to increase our laminating capacity, run the line with flexibility and ease – and lower our energy consumption.”Read more
Washington Art Glass, UK
#Flat tempering #RC Series
“We’re the new kids on the block with our latest offering of digital ceramic printing on glass, bringing affordability to one-off glass pieces that can be tempered into a long-lasting masterpiece. It was all by chance that we met Dip-Tech at Glasstec in Dusseldorf in 2016. After 18 months, we’ve brought our business idea to fruition,” says Charlie Hill, owner of Washington Art Glass in Tyne and Wear, UK. “The key to our success has been an investment in Glaston’s RC Series tempering furnace for top-quality, flat glass results.”Read more
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