Vesuvius, a global manufacturer of fused silica refractory rollers used in glass tempering, glass forming, solar and metallurgical industries, has taken legal action to protect its intellectual property rights associated with Smartly Driven roll patents and end cap attachment technology.

Vesuvius has identified several patent violations associated with fused silica roll technology, specifically employing mechanical end cap attachments.

OEM furnace builders have been alerted about the infringing companies, and that if rollers fitted with such end caps are incorporated into a furnace, both the OEM and the end customer could unknowingly be infringing Vesuvius’ patents.

Such infringement, even if inadvertent and resolved amicably, could result in significant expenses for replacement of infringing rollers, in addition to unnecessary disturbance of customers’ operation.