The IR-D – Infrared Dual camera system - assists container glass manufacturers to improve their product quality and increases the glass-forming-process capabilities by monitoring and controlling the forming process.

The innovative solution is suitable for all forming processes (Blow & Blow, Press & Blow and NNPB) and for round and non-round ware in each glass colour.

IR-D operating principle

At the Hot End the IR-D detects the intensity of infrared radiation emitted by the hot glass containers. The measured intensity is translated into essential information about the status of the glass forming process and makes accurate defect inspection possible, already in the Hot End.

The IR-D rejects glass containers with critical defects before the HEC tunnel and the lehr. The real-time process information provided by the XPAR Vision software is related to single cavities which helps the operator to take the right remedial actions.

The simple and intuitive IR-D user interface allows the operator to maintains a clear view on the IS-machine and the conveyor belt.

Connected with the company’s network the IR-D enables remote access for production specialists to review the status of the forming process and apply changes to configurations.

Combined with other XPAR solutions, XPAR Vision provides real-time process information of the Hot End forming process, from the cutting of the gob, until the glass containers enter the HEC tunnel on their way to the annealing lehr.

Capabilities of the IR-D solution

Accurate hot end inspection and rejection of critical defects:

  • Wedged bottom
  • Bird swing
  • Shape
  • Verticality
  • Fins
  • Thin bottom
  • Choked necks
  • Thin spots (sidewall)
  • Hot spots
  • Inclusions
  • Stuck ware
  • Fallen ware
  • Thin neck
  • Diameter
  • Ovality
  • Container position on belt

Real time and cavity related information about variations in the forming process:

  • IS-machine configuration
  • Gob loading
  • Gob condition
  • Mould condition
  • Glass quality
  • Cooling
  • Section performance
  • Swabbing
  • Timing
  • Job Change
  • Ware spacing
  • Ware positioning