Wednesday 15th May 2024

Time Session title
Main Auditorium
10:20
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10:40

Multimillion dollar investment in the Queretaro facility

The Gerresheimer Queretaro facility, which manufactures Type I Borosilicate glass containment solutions for the Pharmaceutical and Biological industries is the recipient of a multimillion dollar investment to expand its line of products to further strengthen its partnership with one of the most innovative and fast growing pharmaceutical companies in the world. The investment partnership is directed to expand prefillable syringe capacity with state of the art forming, inspection and Ready to Fill technology responding to a high demand growth market for obesity treatment.

The investment is a clear signal of trust and confidence in Mexico and the Queretaro facility that has demonstrated to be one of the top performing plants during the years to be one of the best choices for these investments. More than 200 direct jobs are being created in different areas of expertise, such as engineering, quality assurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, electronic, quality and manufacturing technicians among others.

Speaker

Hector Garcia

Senior Vice President Americas

Gerresheimer

Senior Vice President Americas for the Gerresheimer, Hector has been working for the Gerresheimer Group in the pharmaceutical glass division for more than 20 years in various operational and sales and marketing positions in the Latinamerican and US/Canadian markets.

Industrial Engineer from the ITESM Monterrey campus with MBA studies from same institution.

Gerresheimer

Main Auditorium
10:40
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11:00

Sustainable Digitalization: Reinventing the Modern Glass Manufacturing Facility

Glass is an ancient manufacturing material, but it can be the foundation of a greener and more efficient future for the glass manufacturing industry. AI-backed sensors, simultaneous small and large-order production and even predictive bottleneck modeling will bring our plants to the cutting edge of innovation. At the same time, renewable energy and raw materials, advanced water management and recycling partnerships will keep the planet our industry depends on healthy.

Join Arglass CEO José de Diego Arozamena for an exploration of the glass industry’s bright future.

Speaker

José de Diego Arozamena

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Arglass

José de Diego Arozamena is currently the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Arglass. He has been in and around the glass industry since birth. José’s grandfather founded the first family factory in Mexico, which was later run by his parents. José acquired his first glass factory at age 23, which he quickly turned to profitability. After a long career in investing, José returned to the glass industry by developing Arglass from the ground up. The first Arglass facility began production in 2020 and is the most innovative and sustainable glass manufacturing facility in North America.

Arglass

Main Auditorium
11:00
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11:20

U.S. Federally Funded Glass Furnace Research – an Update from GMIC

This session will provide an overview of recent changes at the Columbus, Ohio, based trade association, including a recently awarded a $3M Department of Energy grant to research the transformational technology necessary to bring deep decarbonization to the glass manufacturing industry.

The project objective is to demonstrate melting processes which reduce scope-1 greenhouse gas emissions by 85-100% for large volume, commercial glass production. Scott Cooper, Technical Director USA, for CelSian, is the principal investigator for the project, and will also be attending the session.

Speaker

Brian J. Naveken

Manager of Technology & Technical Sales

GMIC

Brian graduated from University of Rhode Island in 1984 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

He started his career with General Motors later that year as an Industrial & Manufacturing Engineer in Dayton, Ohio and transferred to Toledo, Ohio in 1992 where worked as a Systems Engineer working on Plant Automation.

In early 1998, Brian left GM and started working for Toledo Engineering as a Systems Engineer where he developed many of their technical programs. He transferred to the TECO’s technical group in 2007 as a Furnace Design Engineer and is currently the Manager of Technology & Technical Sales.

Brian is also a certified Manufacturing Technologist by the Society of Mfg. Engineers and currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the GMIC for the past 16 years. On the GMIC board, Brian has been on the Executive Board for 10 years.

GMIC

Main Auditorium
11:20
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11:30

BREAK

Main Auditorium
11:30
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11:50

Two new alliances for the Mexican furnace construction, maintenance and heat-up market

Speaker

Hans Mehl

General Manager

MGFS

Hans Mehl, Owner and General Manager of MGFS, Managing Director at Thermojet Soluciones Industriales S.A. de C.V., Managing Director at XXXXXXXX, Managing Director at AGIS (Allied Glass Industry Services)

Mechanical Engineer, started in the glass industry in 1982 as Batch and Furnace Supervisor. Graduated with a Government Certified Glass Technologist Certificate out of the Glass Institute in Zwiesel, Germany in 1988. From 1988 to 2000 worked as Site Manager and Maintenance Engineer at company SORG. From 2000 to 2005, worked with ANH (AP-Green-Harbison Walker-North American Refractories) as Export Manager. From 2005 to 2011 again with company SORG. 2011 founded MGFS Glass Factory Services in Mexico. 2015 Co-founder of Heat Up Latin America in Mexico until 2022 when I totally separated from this company. 2023 Co-founder of Thermojet Servicios Industriales S.A. de C.V. in Mexico. 2024 Co-founder of XXXXXXXX in Mexico. Until today active in all of the companies and also working as an independent Technical assistant for the needs of the Glass Industry.

MGFS

Main Auditorium
11:50
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12:10

AI and Machine Learning in Glass Manufacturing

Machine Learning and new AI developments and architectures has been changing the way inspection and manufacturing work in Vitro, we co-developed a solution with Microsoft and one of their partners to implement a solution that is currently in production in several plants and providing benefits in productivity and defect reduction.

We will discuss the process and the challenges to implement these systems.

Speaker

Humberto Figueroa

Senior Vice President

Vitro Digital & FAMA

Education: Computer Systems Engineer from ITESM and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin

Work Experience:

  • 10 years at Avantel (Telecommunications)
  • 1 year at Nextel (Telecommunications)
  • 2 years at Aeroméxico (Transportation)
  • 16 years at Vitro (last year as SVP Vitro Digital & FAMA) - FAMA continues to work towards being Vitro's enabler and integrative partner, enabling it to become a global benchmark in glass industry automation.

Vitro Digital & FAMA

Main Auditorium
12:10
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12:30

Shaping a Sustainable Future in Glass Manufacturing

The glass manufacturing industry is on the brink of a revolution, driven by the imperative need for environmental sustainability. Traditional processes, with their significant carbon emissions, must give way to a new era of decarbonized operations. Through advancements in energy efficiency, renewable energy integration, and material recycling, the sector is poised for transformative change. Government policies, technological innovations, and industry collaborations play pivotal roles in driving this transition. And at the heart of this change lies the magic of lubrication, making glass smoother, clearer, and more beautiful than ever before.

By embracing sustainable practices, the glass industry not only reduces its carbon footprint but also paves the way for a greener future, where transparency meets environmental responsibility and where making glass is better than ever before.

Speaker

José Luis Vélez

Managing Director

Interglass

Managing Director with 23 years of professional experience doing business globally with international companies. In Interglass is collaborating in the architecture and development of the commercial strategy for the global expansion of the company, with current presence in 38 countries around the world.

Interglass

Main Auditorium
12:30
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12:50

Pioneering Sustainable Glass Production with Electric Radiative Conditioning and Panorama 4.0 Integration

Introducing our latest equipment designed to revolutionize glass melting and forming processes, even in CO2 reduction scenarios, through the implementation of electric radiative conditioning zones. This innovative technology offers unparalleled control and efficiency. Powered by Panorama 4.0 software, our system provides real-time monitoring and management of furnace and IS Machine operations, offering insights into consumption, performance, and working conditions.

Beyond data collection, our tools enable precise calibration and adjustment of machine operations, resulting in unprecedented efficiency levels. Moreover, they empower customers by providing detailed insights into consumption levels tailored to their specific machine configurations. These cutting-edge solutions not only optimize operations but also serve as a cornerstone for implementing energy-saving strategies.

Speaker

Antonio Hernandez

Americas General Manager

BDF Industries

Global sales and marketing leader with experience developing and implementing strategic glass initiatives with a focus on cost reduction and process improvement while maintaining customer quality and service. I have a passion for creating competitive positions, optimizing market awareness, and increasing financial performance worldwide while developing and maintaining an outstanding reputation for quality and customer service. Bringing a multicultural background, I have a history of developing and maintaining relationships in Spanish, English, and French.

BDF Industries

Main Auditorium
14:00
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14:20

Leveraging Glass Container Testing to Validate Sustainability

There are multiple paths to achieving sustainability goals with glass; however, validation of quality and performance requires testing and evaluation tools.

This presentation will explain the key evaluation methods to ensure the introduction of a sustainable product that will excel in the marketplace. Highlights include cullet quality and sustainability, lightweighting designs with follow-up testing, and transitioning to refillables from single use containers.

Speaker

Bill Slusser

Director of Research

American Glass Research

Bill Slusser, has been with American Glass Research since 1999 and has been the Director of Research since 2016. His principle areas of responsibility are operational, strategic and technical management and of the testing laboratories. In addition, his background includes expertise in qualification and proof-of-design testing projects as well as fracture diagnosis. He is a principal instructor for the fracture seminars, design seminars and pharmaceutical seminars. He has been issued a U.S. Patent and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University.

American Glass Research is a full-service, independent, research and testing laboratory with expertise in testing, design analysis, analytical evaluations, consulting, training, inspection, product liability and auditing for the glass container industry.

American Glass Research

Speaker

Marta de la Torre

Sales Director

Agr International

Marta de la Torre, has been with Agr International since 1990 and currently holds the position of Sales Director with responsibilities in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Spain, and the UK. Marta resides in her home country of Spain and studied Business Administration at the Unversidad Compleutense.

Agr International is a world-class, innovative supplier of quality assurance and process automation equipment to the global packaging markets.

Agr International

Main Auditorium
14:20
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14:40

Swabbing Greases: the right product for the right job

Swabbing greases are vital lubricants in the container glass manufacturing process to ensure a high and constant productivity. If graphite has been a central element in swabbing greases formulations thanks to its efficiency, it can also be at the origin of some well-known defects in glass making. CONDAT white swabbing greases avoid any graphite transfer. Automatic rejects after swabbing can be decreased and so millions of bottles are saved every year.

In this conference, experience how CONDAT can help you replace graphite in your workshop and also enhance technical benefits for a more efficient and safer working environment.

Speaker

Victor Grardel

Glass Market Manager

Condat

Victor is working as Glass Market Business Developer for Condat. He has been working for the glass industry since 2010. His mission is to adapt Condat lubricants’ offer to the specificities and trends of this industry regardless flat, container or optical glass is concerned. He also drives sales actions worldwide. His analysis and listening skills are a great asset to anticipate the needs of customers.

Condat

Main Auditorium
14:40
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15:00

Quality: a road towards sustainability

Glass manufacturers need to deal more and more with “sustainability”.

Quality is definitely one of the drivers to achieve the goal.

Investing in quality means introducing new generation automatic measuring, inspection and testing systems, providing real-time data necessary to timely detect any process deviation and take actions to keep the production process under control.

Among other advantages, have the production process under control allows to considerably reduce scrap parts, thus saving energy and raw materials.

Marposs, with its range of products for quality control, can successfully support glassmakers in the process of improving quality.

Speaker

Eleonora Bordini

International Industry Manager - Glass Packaging

Marposs

Eleonora Bordini has a Master's degree in Electronic Engineering and a Master in Business Administration.

She joined Marposs in 1996.

After a few years as Intellectual Property Specialist, she was appointed Product Manager for the Glass Industry, with the main goal to develop the business in the Car Glazing Market, promoting existing products and developing new ones.

Further to the successful results achieved in the Automotive Glass Industry, she was given the responsibility to develop other Glass Market segments like the Glass Packaging and the Solar Energy ones.

Since 2017 she is fully committed to the Glass Packaging Market, as International Industry Manager, managing the products portfolio and driving the sales network activities.

Marposs

Main Auditorium
15:00
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15:20

Boosting Compressed Air for High Energy Savings

The introduction a of booster stage from low to high pressure in hollow glass production can have a real impact in reducing the overall energy waste and a high energy saving potential with benefits for the glassmaking productivity.

Pneumofore gives a in-depth overview on the key energy-saving factors for the pneumatic need of hollow glass plants.

Speaker

Rolf Hilfiker

Chief Executive Officer

Pneumofore

Born in 1962 in Zurich, Rolf is the grandson of Pneumofore’s founder Jakob Hilfiker.

After graduating in Economics at the University of Basel, in 1988 Rolf entered in the family business in Italy. In the 90’s, Rolf Hilfiker held leading positions in the Industrial Employers’ Association in Turin.

Pneumofore

Main Auditorium
15:20
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15:40

Installation of feeder expendables from a refractory perspective

Due to high productivity, minimizing machine downtimes has the highest priority in the container glass industry. It is well known that in all areas of the glass making industry, high-quality refractories are the basis for superior glass conditioning. Their use in forehearth and feeder mechanisms plays a crucial role in the formation and conditioning of glass prior to being formed into finished products. All RATH refractories are formulated from the highest quality raw materials and designed to achieve predictable density and resistance to erosion and corrosion. However, to achieve good refractory performance, we must always bear in mind that feeder expendables are sensitive, high-purity and fragile products, and must be installed according to the refractory manufacturer’s guidelines to avoid installation errors that lead to machine downtime.

This presentation focuses on typical mistakes made when installing feeder expendables, provides recommendations on how to avoid these mistakes, and introduces the latest developments from RATH.

Speaker

Robert Nusszer

Head of Sales Glass

RATH

Due to high productivity, minimizing machine downtimes has the highest priority in the container glass industry. It is well known that in all areas of the glass making industry, high-quality refractories are the basis for superior glass conditioning. Their use in forehearth and feeder mechanisms plays a crucial role in the formation and conditioning of glass prior to being formed into finished products. All RATH refractories are formulated from the highest quality raw materials and designed to achieve predictable density and resistance to erosion and corrosion. However, to achieve good refractory performance, we must always bear in mind that feeder expendables are sensitive, high-purity and fragile products, and must be installed according to the refractory manufacturer’s guidelines to avoid installation errors that lead to machine downtime.

This presentation focuses on typical mistakes made when installing feeder expendables, provides recommendations on how to avoid these mistakes, and introduces the latest developments from RATH.

RATH

Thursday 16th May 2024

Time Session title
Main Auditorium
10:15
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10:35

Enhancing the decarbonisation of glass plants with the integration of AMETEK Land's latest thermal imaging technology and improved thermal software

The combination of the AMETEK Land’s NIR-B-2K high-definition thermal imager, with a capability of producing images up to 3 million pixels, and the IMAGEPro Glass software, offers glass producers a closer path to achieving Industry 4.0 standards and helps their battle in reducing energy and emissions.

The benefits of using the above technology for accurate real-time temperature measurement in a glass melt tank or furnace, can be explained through the following four core pillars: Melt tank/furnace control - Campaign life asset production and extension monitoring - Glass production efficiency and throughput monitoring - Energy efficiency and emissions reduction.

By installing AMETEK Land’s NIR-B-2K thermal imaging camera inside a glass melt tank or using it for inspection and thermal surveys, continuous monitoring of batch melting and burners optimisation become possible. Combining this with our advanced thermal imaging software - IMAGEPro Glass, glass plants are taken to a whole new level of efficiency.

Speaker

Philippe Kerbois

Global Industry Manager - Glass

AMETEK Land

Philippe Kerbois, previously Regional Sales Manager EMEA – Glass for AMETEK Land, has over 20 years’ experience in high value, complex technical solution sales with specialities in glass, renewable energies, automotive, water filtration, energy production, gas turbines, automation, building automation, oil, and gas. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering (Diploma of Higher education) associated to ESTACA degree (Aeronautics and Automotive Engineering school).

AMETEK Land

Main Auditorium
10:35
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10:55

Renewable energy is only a small piece of the puzzle when designing all-electric forehearths for a carbon neutral future

We all understand the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and much has been written about the use of renewable energy within our industry. Yet the International Energy Agency (IEA) have stated that renewable energy alone will not help us beat the climate crisis and will only contribute around 32% of what is needed to meet the IEA’s sustainable development target.

Greater focus is therefore needed on energy efficiency which makes up 37% of what is needed to reach the IAE’s target.

Combining the use of renewable energy with improved energy efficiency in the cooling and conditioning of container glass using an established design of all-electric distributor and forehearth can be implemented quickly, retain existing plant layouts, reuse existing support arrangements and steelwork and in many cases be carried out without waiting for a major furnace repair.

However, all-electric forehearth designs vary greatly and care must be taken to ensure an understanding of the many different approaches to ensure the maximum benefit of any investment is felt. With this in mind this paper will look at the various approaches to all-electric forehearth design including heat application using heating elements and dry electrodes, heating element and dry electrode design, the different approaches to cooling, including damper design and passive and forced air cooling, the use of gas back-up systems and how these may be detrimental to normal operation, and the considerations when melting low transmission or dark glasses

Speaker

Grahame Stuart

Technical Sales Manager

Electroglass Ltd.

Since joining Electroglass almost 23 years ago, Grahame has held key roles in a number of the company’s activities. These have included hands-on equipment installation, maintenance and servicing, followed by wider responsibilities in system design, engineering, commissioning and customer training. He has been actively involved in the company’s research and development work and customer operational advice and support.

Since taking on his current position of Project Sales Engineer, he has been responsible for marketing and promotional activities and for system and equipment sales. Has led many of the company’s direct sales activities, handling the technical correspondence with potential and existing customers in response to enquiries, coordinating preparation of tenders for larger projects, making sales tours and targeted technical sales visits to customers in various countries. He has been a key member and sometimes the lead member of our technical sales teams at numerous trade shows around the world, has authored a range of articles that have appeared in leading glass industry publications and delivered technical presentations at a number of industry conferences and seminars.

Electroglass Ltd.

Main Auditorium
10:55
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11:15

Decarbonization by reducing energy consumption using Forglass Mixing Electrodes technology in standard and hybrid furnaces

Forglass Mixing Electrode® (FME) is a tool that turns a glass furnace into a chemical reactor, in which the operator can influence the course of reactions and phenomena that make up the melting process and thus significantly accelerate it. FME systems enable the adaptation of increased shares of electrical power in fossil operated furnaces up to 50% without changing the rules of their operation, but with a significant improvement in their efficiency. The wide range of available operating parameters of FME systems (distribution of power and gas flow rates) provide previously unknown possibilities of quick and precise impact on the melting process.

This is primarily expected during pull change, composition of glass or batch change, or troubleshooting. The synergistic interaction of vertically directed convection currents forced by FME systems with natural currents generated by density gradients significantly accelerates the processes of batch-to-glass conversion, sand dissolution and gas bubble removal, resulting in a product with higher chemical and thermal homogeneity at each of these stages. FME is not simply the sum of the functionality and advantages and disadvantages of standard electrodes and bubblers operating separately. The delivery of hot glass activated by FME systems accelerates the slowest reactions controlled by diffusion. The convective energy dissipation from vicinity of electrodes prevents refractory materials from overheating and directs the energy to the regions where it is needed, which is important in hybrid furnace. Placing gas release points at a height of 500 – 700 mm above the bottom also definitively removes the risk of erosive impact on the bottom often observed in the case of bubblers mounted in the bottom.

Keywords

mixing electrode; melting process; glass furnace

Speaker

Piotr Knast

CEO

Forglass

Entrepreneur, enthusiast of human potential, challenging the status quo in search of new technologies. Co-founder and President of Forglass, a Polish group of companies supplying the most precious and critical technology lines that are the heart of every glassworks, and successfully competing with global technology suppliers that have over 100 years of tradition.

From the very beginning, great people joined our company, ready to change the world, work hard and smart, play for the team, face their own weaknesses, build a company, their own careers and their own personalities.

Our ambition is not to have the best product in the world, but to be a company with the best teams in the world. We believe that with the best team, everything else is an outcome.

Forglass

Main Auditorium
11:15
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11:35

True Carbon Neutrality in Glass

There are basically three paths to carbon neutrality for glass manufacturing. These being carbon capture/sequestration, alternative fuels and batch modifications. This presentation will focus on the alternative fuels, specifically hydrogen, and the batch materials. Currently, hydrogen is the most viable candidate as an alternative fuel and the economics, logistics, safety and technical feasibility will be addressed.

In the production of glass, the carbonate forms of the raw materials are used and can produce approximately 35% of the CO2 emissions. The reasons behind the use of the carbonate forms and impact on the operating costs will be explored.

Speaker

Brian J. Naveken

Manager of Technology & Technical Sales

TECO

Brian graduated from University of Rhode Island in 1984 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

He started his career with General Motors later that year as an Industrial & Manufacturing Engineer in Dayton, Ohio and transferred to Toledo, Ohio in 1992 where worked as a Systems Engineer working on Plant Automation.

In early 1998, Brian left GM and started working for Toledo Engineering as a Systems Engineer where he developed many of their technical programs. He transferred to the TECO’s technical group in 2007 as a Furnace Design Engineer and is currently the Manager of Technology & Technical Sales.

Brian is also a certified Manufacturing Technologist by the Society of Mfg. Engineers and currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the GMIC for the past 16 years. On the GMIC board, Brian has been on the Executive Board for 10 years.

TECO

Main Auditorium
11:35
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11:55

Quality improvements and savings by tuning raw materials

Raw material selection offers a huge potential for optimizing melting costs. CelSian will present one of these success stories where a foam problem was reduced, resulting in improved operations and lower batch costs while maintaining a stable product quality. By tuning the raw materials and batch redox, the batch-to-melt conversion was improved, and the foam was successfully reduced. Tests were made at the lab scale using the HTMOS-EGA (High Temperature Melting Observation – Evolved Gas Analysis) setup.

Suggestions were implemented at the full production scale without major side effects and with savings in the batch cost of about 15%.

Speaker

Cristian Hernández

Project Leader Glass Technology

CelSian

A Materials Engineer from the University of Antioquia, Colombia and has Master’s degree in Metallurgical and Materials Science in the university of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Cristian worked 8 years as a Glass Science engineer at OI for several plants in South America. Currently Cristian is a Project leader for Glass Science related topics at CelSian and He is part of the installation and commissioning team for O2 and CO laser sensor.

CelSian

Main Auditorium
11:55
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12:05

BREAK

Main Auditorium
12:05
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12:25

Importance of Post-consumer glass recycling

Recycling is becoming increasingly important. What has been the norm for a long time in industrialized countries, is now on the agenda in almost every country of the world.

However, there are still big differences in the quality of the collection systems. In some countries the raw material glass is collected and sorted by color, but sometimes it is also collected completely mixed. The proportions of foreign substances (metals, ceramics, waste in general, etc.) also differ from country to country.

Post-consumer glass recycling plants typically include conveying, crushing, screening, and sorting technology (for example CSP, all-metal separation, color sorting).

Due to the variety of possible applications, recycling plants are always planned and built on a customer or project-specific basis.

Speaker

Markus Werner

Sales Engineer

Zippe Industrieanlagen GmbH

Markus Werner has started working for Zippe in 2019. Zippe is a global company that designs, plans, builds, purchases needed equipment and installs/ commissions batch plants. The constantly growing demand for recycling capacities and the reduction of energy consumption caused Zippe to orientate itself towards these technologies many years ago. In the meantime, Zippe has designed and built over 30 recycling plants for customers in the last few decades.

Markus Werner graduated as a state-certified mechanical engineering technician and works in technical sales department at Zippe. He is specialized in the field of the recycling technology. This includes the recycling of different qualities of post consumer glass. The largest markets for Zippe are container and flat glass. Markus Werner is responsible for advising customers as well as for the initial planning and calculation of the recycling systems.

Zippe Industrieanlagen GmbH

Main Auditorium
12:25
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12:45

The Overlooked Potential of Cooling Systems in the Glass Industry for Decarbonization and Energy Savings

Speaker

Aleksander Pinda

CEO

LWN Lufttechnik GmbH

This bio will be updated shortly

LWN Lufttechnik GmbH

Main Auditorium
12:45
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13:05

Glass Furnace Refractory material behavior control with enhance sensor technology and digital platform

In the challenge of glass manufacturing decarbonization and consecutive glass melting technology evolutions, glass tank refractory material will be subjected to significant higher corrosion stresses, especially with electrical boosting or full electrical melting. Controlling the lifespan of new furnace designs will be a key element given the operating and maintenance conditions of the furnaces which are relatively unknown. In order to support glassmakers on this objective, SEFPRO has developed a soldier block temperature monitoring solution on dedicated digital platform called SEFPROGUARD.

Thanks to this new technology, SEFPROGUARD secures and provides reliable temperature data to detect unexpected short-term events and analyze a long-term temperature evolution related to soldier block corrosion. This digital solution, in correlation with furnace data platform, will become a key element to manage furnace lifetime and to analyze the impact of operating parameters on soldier block corrosion rate.

Speaker

Victor Mathieu

Services Director

SEFPRO

Victor Mathieu is a graduate engineer from Centrale Supélec, with a Master of Science in transfer physics. He has over 15 years' experience in the glass industry, from furnace design to operation.

He held various production positions before taking over management of a flat glass plant until 2021. He then joined the SEFPRO Group and is currently Services Director.

SEFPRO

Main Auditorium
14:20
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14:40

The Past, Present and Future of IS Machines in Glass Container Manufacturing

The workhorse of glass container production has been the IS Machine, serving us for over 100 years. Throughout that time, there has been adaptations and additions to the basic approach but the principle of production remains the same.

As glass container production has become more demanding, both in terms of manufacturing cost reductions and now environmental considerations, the production techniques and engineering equipment have had to change.

Looking to the future there will need to be further changes.

This presentation looks at the Past and Present with a glimpse into the possible Future of IS Machines in Glass Container Manufacturing.

Speaker

Peter J Firth MSc

Principal Consultant

Glass Container Manufacturing Consulting

A freelance consultant to the glass container manufacturing industry since leaving the Operational Excellence Group of Ardagh Glass Packaging (Europe) in 2020. Peter holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree with First Class Honours and a Masters in Manufacturing & Management awarded with Distinction.

He has worked in the glass container industry for 43 years. He started a glass container consulting company in 2020 and has since enjoyed a mix of projects including working on the new R&D Pilot Plant for Glass Futures Ltd in England. He is a prominent contributor in the glass community on LinkedInTM where he is the owner and administrator of several focus groups.

Glass Container Manufacturing Consulting

Main Auditorium
14:20
|
14:40

Growing Together: How Collaboration Boosts Manufacturing Success

In the dynamic world of manufacturing, collaboration shines as a powerful force for growth and innovation. This talk dives into how manufacturers can team up to unlock fresh opportunities and tackle challenges together. By building smart partnerships, sharing what we've got, and combining our know-how, we can make a bigger impact and reach further in the global market.

And yes, competition is still around, but by looking past it and working together, we'll rise even higher. It's crucial to recognize that in the vast landscape of glass manufacturing, we're not in competition with every manufacturer. By identifying strategic partnerships with non-competing counterparts, we can create synergistic alliances that propel us all forward.

Join us as we explore the incredible potential of collaboration in shaping the future of manufacturing.

Speaker

Mustafa Baig

Technical Director

Tariq Glass Industries

A third generation glass manufacturer from Pakistan eager to make a worthwhile impact on the world of glass.

Tariq Glass Industries

Main Auditorium
14:40
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15:00

New generation of heat up burners "Turbo Jet"

Turbo jet is a recently developed heat-up burner by company Thermojet of Brasil. The modified pre-combustion- and main combustion chamber allows this burner to operate more efficiently and reduce the carbon footprint. Reduces also the quantity of burns used for heating up. Optimized temperature control resulting in a temperature homogeniety in the furnace of +- 3 deg. C.

Speaker

Hans Mehl

General Manager

MGFS

Hans Mehl, Owner and General Manager of MGFS, Managing Director at Thermojet Soluciones Industriales S.A. de C.V., Managing Director at XXXXXXXX, Managing Director at AGIS (Allied Glass Industry Services)

Mechanical Engineer, started in the glass industry in 1982 as Batch and Furnace Supervisor. Graduated with a Government Certified Glass Technologist Certificate out of the Glass Institute in Zwiesel, Germany in 1988. From 1988 to 2000 worked as Site Manager and Maintenance Engineer at company SORG. From 2000 to 2005, worked with ANH (AP-Green-Harbison Walker-North American Refractories) as Export Manager. From 2005 to 2011 again with company SORG. 2011 founded MGFS Glass Factory Services in Mexico. 2015 Co-founder of Heat Up Latin America in Mexico until 2022 when I totally separated from this company. 2023 Co-founder of Thermojet Servicios Industriales S.A. de C.V. in Mexico. 2024 Co-founder of XXXXXXXX in Mexico. Until today active in all of the companies and also working as an independent Technical assistant for the needs of the Glass Industry.

MGFS

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