Revised Application technology floating and forming in the Glass & Minerals sector

Floating and Forming with gases

Lowering emissions, increasing production with tailormade oxygen applications


Nitrogen and Hydrogen Atmosphere


In order to prevent oxidation, the tin bath is provided with a positive pressure protective atmosphere of nitrogen and hydrogen. Hydrogen reacts with oxygen that diffuses into the float bath atmosphere and keeps the tin from reacting with oxygen. If it reacts with oxygen, tin forms an oxide that will cause flaws in the glass surface. Molten glass is held in a controlled atmosphere composing N2 and approximately 5 -10% H2 and once cooled, the flat glass becomes hard enough to be removed. The hydrogen in the controlled atmosphere acts as a scavenging agent to ensure an oxygen-free environment, because the molten tin is highly sensitive to oxidation, even in trace quantities. A recycling system of the offgas allows to recycle up to 50% of the total fresh atmosphere injected in the tin bath (N2 + H2).

Sulfur dioxide

At the exit of the float bath, the glass ribbon is taken out by lift-out rollers, and is passed through a temperature-controlled tunnel, the lehr, to be annealed. At the beginning of the lehr, SO2 is sprayed on both sides of the ribbon, providing a surface treatment to protect the glass against the contact of the rollers. Here the chemistry of the glass is changed on the surface in order to affect the surface characteristics of the glass, improving its quality and durability.

Oxipyr Burners:

Oxipyr - F

Oxipyr - Flat

Oxipyr - Flex3

Oxipyr - P / P LON

Oxipyr - Burner Regulation:

Oxipyr - Advanced regulation

Oxipyr - Basic+, Basic regulation

Oxipyr - 400 regulation


Revised Customer process floating and forming in the Glass & Minerals sector

Floating and Forming

Production of flat glass

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