Welcome to our blockbuster September issue!
It is one of our largest ever issues and will be distributed at glasstec next month.
As such we focus on some of the companies that make the event a success.
This includes an exclusive feature with Horn's CEO Stefan Meindl, who discusses the company's recently-completed largest project in its history.
Martin Jetter, Bucher Emhart Glass President, highlights the company's evolution to digital glassmaking and discusses his 13-year career with the group.
Bernhard Saftig, Head of Glass at Siemens continues the digital theme and talks about how more glassmakers are embracing this technology.
Well-known industry face, Dr Matthias Lindig, Sorg's R&D manager, reflects on his career in glass - and the furnace in his back garden!
There are also interviews with the Director General of the BV Glas association, Dr Johann Overath; with the newly formed Mexican engineering group AGIS; the UK's GTS; and with this year's Furnace Solutions paper of the conference recipient, Stara Glass's Giorgio Minestrini. He discusses the Prime Glass project.
There are also numerous technical papers from leading companies which highlight the latest technology to improve glassmaking efficiency. These include the IPGR research group, BDF Industries, Fives, Glass Service and Iris Inspection.
All this plus our regular History column from Prof John Parker and a welcome return to our Technology Topics columnist, John Henderson.
Front cover courtesy of Fives
2 Editor’s Comment
5 International news
14 Horn: A flexible furnace maker
20 Bucher Emhart Glass: Embracing the digital era
25 Dr Matthias Lindig, Sorg: Modelling the glass industry
30 Bernhard Saftig, Siemens: Glassmakers go digital
35 Furnaces - IPGR: A 3GJ melting energy furnace
41 Furnaces - Gas und Warme Institut: Does biogas help reduce CO2?
46 Batch plant - Zippe: Thai success for Zippe
48 Industry 4.0 - Heye International: The smart road to Industry 4.0
51 Emission Control - LTB International: Filter system reduces emissions at German fibre glassmaker
56 Association profile - BV Glas: Overview of the German glass industry
60 Automation - cm.project.ing: Flow simulation in the glass industry
64 Engineering - Henry F. Teichmann: An appreciation of Henry F. Teichmann
67 Industry 4.0 - Glass Service: Digitising the batch and furnace sector
70 Company profile - Stara Glass: An insight into the Prime Glass project
76 Inspection - Iris Inspection Machines: Smart Inspection with Evolution NEO
79 Inspection - Applied Vision: What’s new in container inspection?
82 Inspection - Marposs: Inspection for labelling area profiles
84 Swabbing - Novaxion: Swabbing robot success
87 Furnaces - Fives: Electric melting of container glass
91 Forming - Pyrotek: Take-out inserts for container forming
93 Furnaces - Praxair: NOx reduction technology
98 Furnaces - BDF: Control system for a hollow furnace
101 Company profile: GTS: A one-stop shop for the industry
110 Forming - Novaxion: Investing in glass gob gathering robots
112 Industry 4.0 - Emetti Industry 4.0 for palletizing
117 Refractory - RHI: Refractory solutions for the industry
120 Company profile - AGIS: An engineering group for the Mexican glass industry
124 Forming - VPN Instruments: Glass container factory uses less air
137 Technical topics: John Henderson - The Return
139 Furnaces - Paneratech: Refractory Thickness Sensor expands its scope
143 Inspection - Lumasense: Thermal imaging camera system for ‘FurnaceSpection’
146 Events: Murano Convention: Global associations discuss the future of glass at convention in Italy