Glass Production – Ensuring Correct Feedstock Levels (Sand, Dolomite, Soda, Maganese Oxide…) Using 3D Level Measurement

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This article discusses the applications and challenges involved in glass production, and shows how 3D level measurement can be used to ensure correct feedstock levels in multiple silos. Figure 1 displays the process of glass production.

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Figure 1. Glass production

Raw Materials Storage

Raw materials, such as broken glass, sand, soda ash, dolomite, calomite, and manganese oxide, used for glass production are normally kept in silos prior to being sent to batch processing.

Challenges

The furnace is fed with batches, which are produced by combining fixed volumes of different types of raw materials coming from multiple silos.

For certain materials, each batch should be delivered from a single supplier and cannot be combined with the material sent by another supplier. Adequate amounts of all the materials should be available before initiating batch processing.

When operators know the exact volume of each material available, they can easily prevent unanticipated and unnecessary interruptions of the glass production process. The 3DLevelScanner from BinMaster can accurately and reliably determine the volume of materials stored in various silos, providing operators with significantly enhanced inventory management and control capabilities.

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Figure 2. BinMaster’s 3DLevelScanner

Batch Silo

Using a particular formulation, different types of raw materials are combined for each cycle of glass production and are stored in the batch silo prior to entering the furnace.

Challenges

The furnace is fed with the batch silos. During the ongoing process, it is important to regulate the batch silo inventory, as the furnace has to be fed continuously.

Operators have to ensure nonstop production to prevent unforeseen and unnecessary interruptions of the production process and the related losses in terms of time and money.

The 3DLevelScanner from BinMaster offers accurate and reliable measurements of the amount of the raw materials kept in the batch silo, improving operators’ inventory management and control capabilities.

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