Production lines for glass containers are equipped with ever more sophisticated sensor systems. This promises a much deeper understanding of the production process. However, before we embark on using any data analysis tool, or attempt to set up a closed-loop control system, there is a much more basic issue to address: The ‘partners’ involved must be able to talk to each other.
Automated swabbing for Asia Pacific Glass with FlexRobot systems
Swabbing blank moulds and neck rings has traditionally been carried out by human operators. Bucher Emhart Glass (BEG)’s FlexRobot can automate the procedure, taking on a repetitive task and delivering efficiency gains and time savings. The FlexRobot system is mounted on the blank side panel and integrated into the FlexIS control system. One FlexRobot can serve an entire Tandem machine installation.
Hollow glass production lines are equipped with increasingly sophisticated sensor systems. This opens the door to thorough process understanding. Before applying any data analysis tool or closed loop, however, a much more basic functionality has to be ensured: The different systems that collect data have to speak the same language or the different data has to be translated so the systems understand each other. Although this sounds simple and straightforward on paper, in practice it is not.
When Bucher Emhart Glass (BEG) acquired Symplex Vision Systems, many people in the glass industry asked, ‘Why would Bucher Emhart Glass acquire Symplex?’ While those in the industry who were more familiar with the products offered by Symplex asked, ‘What will BEG do with Symplex?’
Bucher Emhart Glass Pressure Supervision Unit and Machine Control Unit
In its January Technical Bulletin, Bucher Emhart Glass showed us how optimal control of the air pressure is a key factor to maintain stable container production. This article present the machines and devices used to ensure this control.
The latest technology available from Bucher Emhart Glass allows glass container manufacturers to measure every gob, opening up possibilities for optimising production and closed loop control. Florian Boucher reports.