EME has upgraded the batch plant of the third largest global producer of glass packaging for food and beverages, Verallia in Chile.

The upgrade was required due to a capacity increase at one furnace.

A key criteria to the project was the identification of bottle necks resulting in extended cycle times and the creation of solutions to reduce them.

An audit to determine the best opportunities for the upgrade and modernisation of the existing batch plant resulted, among other things, in the exchange of several dosage devices to achieve the desired capacity.

The optimisation of the weighing accuracy, installation of additional precision scales for the weighing of the extra raw materials, bigger mixers, installation of new batch transport systems and the extension of the existing cullet return system were also achieved.

The implementation of the measures was realised under running conditions and full operation of one furnace.

As a consequence, it was necessary to guarantee uninterrupted batch delivery at all the times during the upgrade.

EME is a German supplier of batch preparation plants, cullet handling equipment and batch charging technology for the glass industry.