March 2018

In this month’s issue, Neutral Glass & Allied Industries discuss its recent furnace investment and acquisition by German glassmaker Gerresheimer.

This new furnace investment means that the company can continue producing high quality pharmaceutical and cosmetics glass as well as being environmentally friendly.

Elsewhere, we review the recent successful Glassman Asia container and hollow glass event in Bangkok, Thailand, which included a conference focused on Industry 4.0.

Phoenix Committee Chairman Graham Womersley highlights the organisation and how it selected an individual who had made a substantial contribution to the glass industry.

In addition, Paneratech’s CEO discusses how SmartMelter technology has been expanded to monitor high zircona refractories.

Experts from Stara Glass explore how, within the Prime Glass project, two techniques were developed to contain NOx in regenerative end-port furnaces.

Other technical features include articles from the likes of Tiama, Burkert, CelSian Glass and Furnace Solutions.

All this plus our usual history page from Prof John Parker as well as the round up of industry news.

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March 2018 highlights

       2     Editor’s Comment

       5     International news

      13    Company profile 


              Gerresheimer’s Neutral Glass unveils Indian furnace

      17     Phoenix Committee chairman

               Pennine’s Graham Womersley is privileged to be this year’s Phoenix Committee chairman

    21     Refractories

             P Carlo Ratto and SSV

             A new generation of services for the industry

    27     Chinese Flat Glass overview

             An overview of the sector

    30     Process Control


             Maximising the output of hot end process control

    33     Furnaces    


             Improved combustion control using CO laser

        36    PaneraTech
            Measuring the thickness of high zirconia refractories

    38     Stara Glass
             Reappraising the role of port necks in regenerative furnaces

    42    Furnace Solutions
            The SGT’s Furnace Solutions keeps informing engineers

    43    Testing and Research
            American Glass Research 

            AGR opens European testing lab     

    46    Forming 

            Precise control over flame characteristics

    49    History

    50    Glassman Asia Review

    54    Profile: Guangdong Huaxing Glass

            Huaxing continues to expand

    56     Chinese language supplement

News from issue dated March 2018