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Plant-wide automation in the glass industry

Greater efficiency, productivity, and sustainability in the glass industry can be achieved – with us as your partner. Find out how you can save energy and resources as well as cut operating costs, without compromising on consistently high product quality.   With our in-depth industry expertise and comprehensive plant-wide automation concept based on industry standards, we can support you during every phase of your plant’s entire lifecycle. This offers pays off along the entire value chain and offers clear benefits for plant operators and machine builders.

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Perfect integration

The formula for success in the glass industry: plant-wide automation

Plant-wide automation solutions specifically tailored to the requirements of the glass industry start with the design of a plant and include all subsequent phases – from construction and commissioning to ongoing operation and service. In-depth industry expertise, end-to-end communication, and a plant-wide automation concept based on industry standards are the foundation. Decisive advantages come from the significantly higher cost-effectiveness of plants and reduced operating costs thanks to exemplary energy efficiency and high availability.
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Use cases

Attractive operating costs thanks to transparent production processes

Plant-wide automation starts with the design of a plant and includes all subsequent phases – from construction and commissioning to ongoing operation and service. Add to this the digital design and virtual commissioning for the plant as a whole and, finally, a comprehensive service portfolio.
Planning

Shorter time to market thanks to integrated engineering

The parallelization of traditionally sequential engineering process steps is the logical answer to growing cost sensitivity and increasing competitive pressure in the glass industry.

This is made possible by a fully integrated solution for planning and documenting plant projects. All participating systems are integrated via consistent central data storage. This allows many individual steps to be performed in parallel or before the previous step is completed. 

At the same time, the error-prone and time-consuming management of multiple data formats and interfaces is eliminated. In this way, integrated engineering ensures a substantial increase in efficiency and flexibility while minimizing risks.

Execution

The fast and reliable way to ongoing operation

If the glass industry is to meet market demands faster in today’s market environment, it is crucial that setup and commissioning times for new production lines be as short as possible.

Virtual commissioning makes a substantial contribution: The simulation of commissioning using a digital twin of the plant already makes it possible to identify and correct any errors during the planning phase. Operators can also be trained on the digital twin risk-free during commissioning. 

This enables error-free commissioning of the real plant and allows productive operation to begin much earlier. 

Operation

Everything under control at all times

Maximum transparency based as much as possible on data available in real time from the entire plant enables rigorous optimization of the entire process chain. Plant-wide automation creates this transparency, permitting sound decisions to be made on the basis of precise performance figures so that company performance can be continuously improved.

This makes it possible to uncover and correct adverse trends and deviations from target values very early on while also allowing predictive maintenance to be planned.

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Plant-wide automation in practice

However varied the world of glass production and processing may be, plant-wide automation always creates the basis for maximum efficiency in plant design and operation. Find out how glass manufacturers around the world are benefiting from this decisive advantage.