Experts at Sorg kept a glass furnace running at South Africa's Isanti Glass after a recent Covid-19 lockdown.

The South African container glass manufacturer had to instigate a strict lockdown and dramatically reduce the tonnage from its furnace in the short term.

This led to a frozen glass melt in the throat area, which can cause a blockage and other critical defects.

Therefore, the furnace had to be stopped as a precautionary measure and started again as quickly as possible, to ensure minimal loss of revenue.

Unable to visit and tackle the emergency situation on-site, Sorg engineers had to communicate with different Isanti employees around the globe through video conferencing.

Led by Holger Mayer, Sorg’s expert team offered remote support and training to the operators, managing to implement complex measures and instruct vital repair work over the course of three weeks.

By rising to such an incredibly tough challenge, they successfully removed the issue, while still providing the a quality of service customers expect from Sorg.

Through virtual meetings from home offices, the service team continues to help maintain an efficient level of performance and fulfil customer needs in line with respective country-specific restrictions.

Regular management board meetings to co-ordinate the global strategy in line with respective country-specific restrictions, has also ensured Sorg is in a strong position to proceed with its international service activities.