partnering for perfect
The following contribution profiles Emhart Glass, a genuine ‘end to end’
supplier of equipment, controls and parts to the international glass container
industry, with an ongoing commitment to research and development.
he origins of Emhart Glass ware handling, cold end inspection, The Elmira plant employs a total of 126 people,
date back to 1912 when refractory parts and quality assurance. including 76 in manufacturing roles and boasts 6011m2 of
three entrepreneurs in the Turnover in 2009 was €202 million. production space. Its focus is the manufacture of pioneering
USA formed the Hartford-Fairmont vision inspection machines and automated online testing
Co, developing the first glass gob auToMaTioN soluTioNs laboratories, as well as spare parts, accessories and
shearing and feeding device, the first Emhart Glass is driven by a upgrade kits. The facility produces its own component
plunger feeder, the first IS machines deeply held belief in glass as a parts and has its own production machine shop. It was
and the first double gob equipment. packaging material of the present here that Emhart Glass set up the manufacturing of its
Becoming Emhart Glass in the and the future. Its mission is to innovative FleXinspect system. FleXinspect offers a range
1950s, the organisation made its first support customers in the quest of inspection functions in a single machine, with a future
overseas move with the acquisition for sustainable profitability, quality proofed, modular design that allows for simple expansion.
of Aktiebolaget Sundsvalls Verkstader and increased market share in The Owensville, MO facility in the USA has been
in Sweden. The following decades the packaging industry through its making high quality refractories since its acquisition in
saw groundbreaking innovations in automation solutions. 1980 from the Laclede Christy Refractory Co. Together with
electronic controls, Total Inspection The company’s vision is a world its associated R&D laboratory, the plant employs 49 people,
Machines (TIM) and the Vertiflow with glass as a dominant and preferred 33 of whom are directly associated with manufacturing.
mould cooling system, culminating ecological material, enabled by Emhart The plant’s experienced refractory craftsmen, supported
with the Next Generation IS (NIS) Glass as the leading technology by R&D and engineering professionals continuously strive
machine in 2000 and the acquisition provider. The slogan ‘partnering for to develop and provide the industry’s widest range of
of ICS Inex in 2007. perfect packaging solutions’ sums up refractory glass contact expendables. In-house expertise
Today, the group is led by Martin organisation’s approach perfectly. is further enhanced with expert technical support from the
Jetter, President, assisted by William nearby Missouri Science & Technology University.
Grüninger (VP Technical Services), MaNufacTure oN Emhart Glass’ Swedish presence is the heart of the
Jeffrey D Hartung (VP Inspection) and THree coNTiNeNTs company’s hot end logistics and manufacturing. The
Matthias Kümmerle (VP Technology) Manufacturing plants at Elmira and Sundsvall plant was originally founded in 1756 as a church
for the main business functions. With Owensville (both USA), Sundsvall and bell foundry by Carl Jacob Linderberg, whose firm later
14 offices in 10 countries, Emhart Örebro (both Sweden) and Johor diversified into motors and machinery, before becoming
Glass is a genuine ‘end to end’ supplier Bahru (Malaysia) have all achieved part of Emhart Glass in 1952.
of equipment, controls and parts to ISO 9001:2000 quality certification, Sundsvall covers an area of 24,000m2 and employs 300
the glass container industry, with while Sundsvall, Örebro and Johor people. It focuses on the assembly and distribution of hot
expertise in glass container forming, Bahru also hold ISO 14000 end equipment, from feeders through to ware transfer; up to
glass conditioning, gob forming, environmental certification. 1000 IS, AIS and NIS sections are produced here each year.
Optimised drying technologies at the Owensville Machine assembly of Swedish sections in Johor Bahru.
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Örebro’s automated production cell.
manufacture of glass bottles, meaning that developments
can be tested in a true industrial environment.
Researchers can see how real world challenges such as
furnace variations, glass property changes and cooling
wind fluctuations will affect their innovations. The facility
makes it much quicker for the company to create, test
and market innovative solutions, while also functioning as
an important venue for trials, benchmarking and training
(in-house and also for clients).
Currently, an important area of innovation at Windsor
is Closed Loop Control. Although many measurement
and monitoring devices are available to glass container
manufacturers, high speed production still depends on key
process conditions (such as cooling wind timing) being
adjusted manually by highly experienced operators.
Emhart Glass now offers systems that encompass
manufacture, control and monitoring, opening up the
possibility for a completely integrated, automatic or ‘closed
High quality inspection machine production at Elmira.
loop’ system. A prototype has been developed that
integrates the FlexIS Control System and TCS Temperature
Sundsvall is the site of the group’s company’s manufacturing setup, Control System on an Emhart Glass NIS machine,
global parts warehouse and logistics having been completed in 2009 automatically adjusting blank mould cooling to maintain a
centre, where an impressive 18,000 to replace an existing Malaysian preset temperature. Initial tests show promising results in
accessories and spares are stocked, facility. This plant covers a total terms of product quality and reduced numbers of rejects
ready for rapid despatch to clients area of 6073m2 and focuses on the and a commercial version is under development.
around the world. It is also home to assembly of new IS machines and
the group’s hot end training facility, cross conveyors, plus the fabrication
where clients can access hands-on of welded parts; 34 IS machine
training in any of 12 languages. have been assembled in Malaysia
The second Emhart Glass facility since 2007. However, machine
in Sweden, at Örebro, meets the sections and mechanisms are still
challenge of making the 20,000 high produced at Sundsvall for assembly
quality components that go into every in Johor Bahru. The plant employs
Emhart Glass machine. This fully 67 people in total, 25 of whom are in
automated plant includes 40 CNC manufacturing.
machines, running around the clock
and is designed using a cell layout r&d focus
that brings together all stages of Emhart Glass’ most significant R&D
manufacturing in one location, ensuring investment of recent years is its Manufacturing plants at Elmira and Owensville (both USA), Sundsvall and
rapid throughput and maximum quality. Research Center at Windsor, USA, Örebro (both Sweden) and Johor Bahru (Malaysia) have all achieved ISO
9001:2000 quality certification.
In November 2010, the company built for an investment of around €18
announced a €2.1 million investment in million and opened in 2007. Via this
machining centres for Örebro, marking facility, the company has taken its hot aBouT THe auTHor:
Marlen Debrot is Marketing Communications
the beginning of a five year investment and cold end R&D to another level, Manager at Emhart Glass
programme focusing particularly on improving
In addition, Emhart Glass offers the strength of glass containers, as furTHer iNforMaTioN:
machine repairs, which are handled well as helping to develop knowledge Emhart Glass, Cham, Switzerland
tel: +41 41 749 4200
in Sundsvall and from a specialised across the glass industry as a whole.
workshop in Italy. Johor Bahru is The Research Center includes web: www.emhartglass.com
the most recent addition to the a complete production line for the
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