Verallia moving fast forward with industry 4.0 with Glass Service

Verallia has deployed over the last four years an ambitious plan to roll out Glass Service Expert System III (ES IIITM), an advanced control system that enables to face industry 4.0 challenge with process chain digitalization in order to release productivity barriers.

Most Verallia container glass factories are equipped with this ES IIITM system, which improved the stability and resulted in an automated cruise control of furnaces and forehearths. This contributed to energy savings and reduction of CO2 emissions as well as a better control and stability of Verallia NOx emissions. In addition, it decreased the defects linked to inclusion in the glass thanks to a better control of the furnace temperatures. The aim is to achieve industrial excellence using the least possible resources and ensure zero defects at the customers’ sites.

Verallia was awarded in September 2020 by the RH&M Group and received the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Enterprise Trophy, which highlights the transformative role of AI in organisations. Glass Service developed ES IIITM, an advanced control system which includes connected instrumentation, data analysis, machine learning and model based predictive expert control including human experience. It has been installed on over 300 furnaces worldwide and has become the leading solution for improved furnace and forehearth controls.

Romain Barral, Head of Operations at Verallia, comments: “Verallia is keen to collaborate with best experts who can help us progress in our operations, achieve industrial excellence, and decrease our environmental impact. One lever is to digitize our industrial equipment to have a better control of our processes with self-diagnostic capabilities and improve our production performance. This project is the result and the success of Verallia teams who were able to train and adopt this new tool, so they can focus on more strategic tasks, as analysing data and make decisions to ensure the best running of furnaces.”

For more information go to www.verallia.com.

Written by Kevin Gambrill

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