O-I Mexico (formerly Vitro), Mexico’s largest glass producer, has installed five Xpar Vision Gob Assists and Blank Temperature Control systems (GA/BTC) at its Queretaro and Monterrey plants.

The cooperation with Xpar began four years ago, when director Juan Farias from FAMA, plant manager Eduardo Servin from Vitro Queretaro and Michael Podgorski from Xpar Vision agreed to install IR-D systems at the Queretaro glass plant.

The cooperation has progressed towards new technologies such as the Gob Assist and Blank Temperature Control module and resulted in the extension of the hot end inspection and monitoring capacity. The first five GA and BTC systems were installed: three at the O-I Queretaro plant and two at the O-I Monterrey plant.

Later this year, a further four GA/BTC systems will be installed at the O-I Queretaro plant, under leadership from the plant manager Jose Gonzalez.

This brings the total amount of GA/BTC systems that Xpar has installed at O-I Mexico to nine.

O-I Mexico manufactures glass containers for food and beverages at its five plants in Mexico and employs 4700 people.