This week, we’re dealing with questions about the development of thin glass and the tempering of Low-E glass.
- How do you see the development in the less than 2.3 mm thin glass market?
- We have a 20-year-old furnace. At the moment, we find it challenging to run Low-E glass because there is too much dust inside the machine. Is there any “quick fix” for this situation?
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At the moment, the thin glass business in general is extremely interesting. Different sectors of the glass industry are analyzing how they could use 2 mm glass. In the architectural field, there are several applications where 2 mm glass could be used. One is with insulated glass – the more layers you have in a window, the heavier it is. Imagine if you could replace those middle glass panes with 2 mm instead of using 3 or 4 mm. This would have a huge impact on the glass weight and create benefits throughout the supply chain.
There are also many other applications apart from architectural use. One good example is appliance or furniture glass in huge volumes. Making the glass thinner will actually provide benefits and a better payback on the investments, lowering freight and installation costs.
2 mm will come; now the better question is when!
You can read more about thin glass and many other trends from the link below:
Summary of the GPD 2015 presentations on energy
When a furnace is 20 years old, it surely has already processed quite a lot of glass during its lifetime. Usually when there is a lot of dust inside the furnace, it is a sign that the insulation of the machine in starting to collapse and fail. Whether this can work as a “quick fix” or not, using a coating or spray is worth a try. However, the only sustainable solution is to replace the insulation with a brand new one. This is the best way to continue and extend the lifetime of the furnace.
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