#AskGlaston Flat Tempering Series #3: Challenges in mixed production

The third episode of #AskGlaston Flat Tempering Series covers the challenges with the mixed production.

The common issue of mixed production is decreased loading table utilization and, therefore, reduced process efficiency. This is because combining different glass sizes in the same load requires accurate heating control and profound operator process knowledge. Lack of either of these usually results in underheating larger-size glasses or overheating the smaller ones. In turn, this leads to end product quality issues and unnecessary breakages.

Unlike any other convection technology in the market, Vortex Pro addresses the issue effectively. Without any operator input, Vortex Pro automatically creates individual convection profiles for each glass. Its convection uninterruptedly follows the glass movement in the heating section, allowing heat to be focused precisely to the specific point on each glass.

As a result, Vortex Pro has three major benefits:

    1. Accurate and individual heat focusing for each glass
    2. Decreased operator input to maintain constant high output quality
    3. Reduced compressed air consumption, as the convection only targets the glass sheets

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Taneli Ylinen

As Product Manager of Flat Tempering at Glaston, Taneli is an enthusiastic developer. He enjoys brainstorming and seeing abstract ideas turn into real-world innovations and products that benefit customers and fulfill emerging market needs. He’s a Master of Engineering who spends most of his free time inside a garage working on the next big breakthrough. He has other hidden talents, too. Taneli once played a well-known character on a famous Finnish children’s TV show.