Research and Technology

Melting Technology

Services for the Glass Industry

  • Custom Melting

  • Service Offerings:

    1. Turn-Key Projects for Hot End, Melting Devices and Components

    Different melting tanks:
    • Air-Fuel (regenerative, recuperative) tanks with/without electrical boosting
    • Oxy-Fuel tanks with/without electrical boosting
    • Full electrical tanks
      Components and Systems:

    • Annealing Lehrs, Waste Gas Systems
    • Electrodes/Electrode Holders (Mo, Wo, Pt-Alloys)
    • Thermocouples
    • Bubblers/Bubbler Systems
    • Heating Systems (fossil / electrical)
    • Bottom Drain Systems
    • Forehearth Systems
    • Components made of Precious Metals (e.g. Stirrers, Electrodes, Forehearth Systems, Feeder, Orifice Rings)
    • Components made of available Refractory Materials
    • Cooling Systems (Air, Water)
    • Batch Charging Systems
    • Measuring Systems for Hot Ends (e.g. Glass Level Detectors, pO2-Sensors, Furnace Periscopes, Online-Measuring Systems for Waste Gas , Data Loggers and Integration into PLC)

    2. Concept, Layout and Optimization of Melting Devices and Components


    • Mathematical Simulation of Melting Devices, Forehearth Systems, Stirrers, Hot Forming Processes and Annealing Lehrs
    • Physical Modeling of Stirrer Systems
    • Optimized Energy Efficiency by Energy Balance
    • Tools for Process Data visualization and analysis; control concepts based on modeling
    3. Project Management for Hot End Projects

    • Procurement
    • Construction
    • Start up, Ramp up

    4. Services

    • Hot Service on running Systems with skilled Staff (bricklayers, steel workers, thermic process engineers, electricians), e.g. changing of components, crown repairs, plating
    • Start up and stopping of Melting Devices
    • Troubleshooting on running Melting Systems by experienced process engineers
    • Optimization of Waste Gas Systems (e.g. conformity with regulations)
    • Characterization of waste gas emissions by measurement with mobile equipment
    • Glass defect analysis (solid and gaseous)
    • Characterization of ceramic and metallic refractory materials with/without impact of glass melt
    • Consulting on the melting technology

    5. Miscellaneous

    • Recycling of Precious Metal Parts: "New for Used"
    • Production of special refractory materials for Melting Devices, Forehearth, expendables for Feeders, Tweels and other components made of Quarzal® (fused Silica)
    • Production of samples or small lots made of special glass or glass-ceramics (SCHOTT Glass Types or synthesis, depending on the needs of the customer)

    Ron Klimek
    Phone: (570) 457-7485 Ext. 250
    Fax: (570) 457-3438