I have been working in the glass industry for 20 plus years in the supply side of the business. I started as a field service engineer, combustion engineer with Combustion Tec and later worked as Regional Manager for Eclipse, Inc. I was involved in many glass projects for unit melters, regenerative furnaces, Oxy fuel furnaces, working ends and forehearths making all types of glass products, including container, tableware and flat glass. I have a bachelor degree in Mechanical engineering from Arizona State University and Master of business administration from University of Miami.
Abstract - How the Industrial Revolution 4.0 will Impact the Glass Industry
Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the internet of things and cloud computing. Industry 4.0 creates what has been called a “smart factory”. Several parts of the glass making progress already have been converted, especially in the cold end, but overall integration has not been done. In this paper we want to explain what this means specifically for the glass industry and how Glass Service with our Expert System 4.0 advanced software and hardware toolbox can be part of filling in this puzzle.
Is this the end of the “glass melting expert”? Similar as before the glass blower already vanished for container glass, flat glass and majority of table ware production.