Solutions for the glass industry

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Digitalization enables to adapt to new market situations

The requirements of the glass industry have changed: As a machine builder, you have to enable the customers to adapt their production processes quickly. Digitalization with the range of Digital Enterprise solutions is offering you significant advantages in this respect - starting with product design, through production planning, production engineering, and production, all the way to service. The connectivity of machines is increasingly based on open interfaces like companion specifications for OPC UA. Our innovative automation solutions for flat glass and hollow glass support you in becoming a digital enterprise.

Digital twins in the glass industry

Digitalization has become a key topic for almost all businesses in the glass industry, and the necessary technologies are now available. But along with progress come new questions: for example, how to start the digitalization process, and where? And what are the benefits to the bottom line? Learning more about digital twins by reading the following article will bring you closer to the answers.


Complete and customized solutions for machine construction in the glass industry

We deliver innovative solutions for your automation and drive technology for any type of production, processing, and finishing of glass. Ideally matched to your requirements and therefore cost-efficient. Our innovative products and complete solutions are used for quick and precise processes in production machines and help you make the switch to digitalization.

Flat glass - Flat glass production

Siemens supplies optimized solutions for the entire electrical equipment in flat glass production. While process automation is most important during raw material preparation and in the furnace process, starting with the forming process, drive technology and precise motion control play an important role.

Top Roller

When forming the flat glass, top rollers determine the thickness of the glass as well as the width of the usable glass area. We are offering optimized solutions for the top roller system (drive and positioning axes). The high requirements for precision and reliability are met through solutions based on the SINAMICS S120 drive system and the SIMOTICS-S 1FK7 servo motors.

Annealing furnace

Precision and fail-safe performance are the most important features during the cooling process. The rollers must continue to rotate even in case of a power failure or when the higher-level controller system fails. We offer a  variety of cost-optimized solutions for this purpose based on SINAMICS S120 (or SINAMICS G120) and SIMOTICS reluctance motors.

Cold end

The process steps cutting, transporting, distributing and stacking at the 'cold end' of the flat glass manufacturing process also place high demands on the drive technology. Our solution offers high productivity through axis synchronization of the motion control system. Short engineering times without specific robotics know-how are ensured by the handling toolbox.

  • System redundancy with SIMATIC S7-1500H with rapid switchover time of approx. 50 ms
  • Highly precise Motion Control with SIMATIC Drive Controller and SINAMICS S120
  • Integrated kinematic functions as technology object with outstanding usability
  • Smart Power Management Integration of a suitable energy storage system with power management in the machine, e.g. flywheel, capacitor or battery

Flat glass - CNC flat glass processing

Precision and speed are the most important features when it comes to cutting, grinding, drilling, and milling. This results in high requirements on the automation technology and therefore also on the machine and equipment suppliers.

Technology overview

For any glass processing center, we are offering a solution matched to your requirements - with the open CNC controller SINUMERIK ONE or SINUMERIK MC as well as with the Motion Control controller SIMATIC S7-1500T (Kinematic Language, G-Code).

  • Covering the entire requirement portfolio for glass processing
    from basic 3-axes processing centers to the completely automated production line of automobile glass
  • Implementation of industry-specific visualization and operating concepts 
    thanks to the openness of SIMOTION/SIMATIC and the SINUMERIK platforms ONE and MC
  • Cost-efficient complete CNC controller SINUMERIK MC
    optimized for glass processing

Flat glass - Insulating glass

Insulating glass manufacturing requires an error-free production and must always be adapted to the latest requirements. Our solutions ensure an efficient and high-quality production sequence.

Technology overview

Here is how the Motion Control controller, the SINAMICS S120 converter system and the SIMOTICS S servo motor ensure that the entire manufacturing process is successful: From applying the spacer (also for complex window shapes), over filling with argon gas in the insulation glass press all the way to applying the sealing material.


Furthermore, the SIMOGEAR geared motors with the distributed converter G115D guarantee fast and smooth transport of the glass pane.


Communication between the controllers of the manufacturing stations is made possible by the LCom library for TCP/IP communication. The OPC XML application enables communication between the operating level and the control level.

  • Consistgent engineering 
  • Access to all drive parameters from the control level
  • Web-based access / remote diagnosis
  • Trace functionality (SINAMICS S120, SIMATIC)

Hollow glass - IS machines

Speed and precision are among the most important features of IS machines, the most commonly used machine in hollow glass production. It comes with high requirements on automation and drive technology. The machine and equipment supplier can score here with innovative overall concepts.

Technology overview

Our Motion Control controller can provide the high-speed clock generator of an IS machine. In doing so, the modules of the IS machine (plunger, shears, gob distributor and the individual stations) are synchronized exactly with one another using the "distributed synchronous operation" function.

  • Exact synchronization between the modules 
    thanks to the Motion Control controller as high-speed clock generator
  • Easy integration, maintenance and expandability 
    thanks to the modular architecture of the Motion Control controller
  • Fail-safe and robust drives and motors

Hollow glass - Rotary machine

The various glass forming processes require machines with flexible as well as efficient automation and drive technology. Rotary machines increasingly require more energy efficiency as well as the highest precision in the production of hollow glass. Our solutions help you meet these requirements.

Example solution: Servo pump for hydraulic glass press

Conventional hydraulics based on valves wastes as a lot of energy during the phases of the pressing process in which the press cylinder must not work while the electric motor must continue to run. We are replacing the asynchronous motor with a highly dynamic servo motor here. This enables us to supply only as much energy as needed in the respective phase of the pressing process. Energy consumption can be reduced by up to 50 % this way.

  • High energy efficiency, as the pressure and volume flow are not controlled using valves, but by the torque and rotation speed of a servomotor
  • Extremely compact system only a small pressure accumulator is required
  • High dynamic performance as a result of a servomotor with low moment of inertia of the rotor
  • Quiet operation
  • Scalable: the servo pump can be dimensioned according to the required press force and dynamics
  • Can be simply retrofitted to replace conventional hydraulic systems
  • Smart Power Management
    Integration of a suitable energy storage with performance management in the machine, especially for temporary storage of the energy of extrusion punch and rotary table
  • Servo pump as energy-saving solution for the press cylinder
  • Easy engineering of hydraulic systems, e.g. glass press
    using SIMATIC application SIMAHYD (SIMAHYD)
  • Direct drives (segment motors and torque motors)
    as precise, dynamic solution for driving the rotary table
  • Simulation of hydraulic systems
    using multiphysics simulation platform AMESIM (AMESIM)
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Digital transformation

Digitalization in machine building and plant engineering

Companies in discrete and process industries increasingly implement digitalization in order to gain competitive advantages. This affects the requirements that machine builders and plant engineers have to meet. We’ll show how you can integrate digitalization into you production to work faster, more flexible and more customized.


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Start your digital future today and benefit together with your customers from a wide variety of solutions. Learn more about the innovative business models that are made possible by these solutions. We are looking forward to working with you.

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