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Glass Production Machines
The production of glass is a three stage process, namely - batch house, the hot end, and the cold end. The raw material is managed by the raw house and the hot end handles all the methods of the manufacturing process, i.e. the furnaces, annealing ovens, and forming machines. The cold end stage incorporates the quality inspection and packing of the finished products.
The process of forming require the aid of a wide range of hi-tech machinery called Forming Machines. Empowered by compressed air, these machines work on a perfect co-ordination with the parts that hold and move the parts that form the container. One of the most common forming machines used in modern day glass processing units is the Individual Section or IS machine. A typical IS machine has around 6 to 20 sections and each section is fabricated with immaculate technology to produce one to four bottles simultaneously. The sections are in a row, and the gobs feed into each section via a moving chute, called the gob distributor. Operation of the machine sections is synchronized to operation of the glass feeder by generating a feeder index signal indicative of presentation of glass gobs at the glass feeder.
Depending on the container's size and shape, the machine's production speed may be as fast as 700 containers per minute.
Some other types of machines that are frequently used in the production of glass are enlisted below:
- Glass Cutting Machines
- Straight Line Edging Machines
- Spindle Beveling Machines
- Spindle Edge Grinding Machines
- Glass Sand Blasting Machines
- Glass Double Edging Machines
- Shape Edging Machines
- Glass Washing Machines
- Glass Drilling Machines
- Glass Polishing Machines
- Glass Drill Machines
- Glass Shape Machines
- Glass Grinding Machines
- Glass Tube Cracking-off Machines
- Glass Blowing Lathe Machines
- Glass Tube Sanders
- Strain Viewers
- Glass Helices.