Tempered glass is put into use in many different ways. Indoors it can be used for glass doors, shower walls or glass stair banisters. Outdoors, the custom-made glass is often used for car windows or balconies, as it breaks into many more and much smaller pieces compared to normal glass and hereby reduces injuries. In order to fulfill these requirements, a lot of care and attention to detail is necessary, especially during the production.
The refining process – complex, time consuming and cost intensive
Tempered glass manufacturing is complex, time intensive and generates high energy and personnel costs, making it important to detect defects in the early stages of production. Many businesses continue to rely solely on their staff to inspect the glass manually before it is put through the tempering furnace. However, this method can be very unreliable when inspecting horizontally laying panes of glass, especially when the lighting is not sufficient. The place of inspection can have a further negative impact on the production lines’ efficiency, as defective glass cannot be replaced immediately. The full capacity of the tempering furnace can therefore not be exploited, and may even cause supply shortage due to the time consuming re-working of the glass.
The many options presented by digital image processing replace flawed, manual inspections with automated and quick processes that reliably pin-point even the smallest defects. With the Viprotron systems you can optimize every stage of your tempered glass production line.