PSR: System 500 forehearth and distributor conversions

2014-02-20 | Furnace technology

Nowadays most of PSR’s Technical Services projects involve the design and supply of complete new distributor and forehearth systems for the major rebuild and upgrade of existing furnaces or for entirely new glass plant furnaces. However, System 500 Forehearth and Distributor conversions are available for partial supplies involving the re-use of existing equipment. This article describes the minimum scope of supply together with the operating improvements possible following the introduction of PSR’s System 500 technology.

Modern glass factory with System 500 distributor supplying 7 System 500 forehearths
Most of the installations currently carried out by PSR comprise complete forehearth and distributor systems and can be either for new glass furnaces, the upgrade of existing furnaces with new machine configurations or the replacement of a traditional working-end (refiner) with a modern distributor configuration. Our System 500 technology is mature and proven with over 500 forehearth and distributor installations supplied worldwide over the last 19 years. Here in the United Kingdom, the last two new glass container plants to be built (in 1998 and 2005) are amongst the largest and most well equipped in the world and are equipped with System 500 Forehearths and Distributors throughout. The advantages of these systems are demonstrated by their absolute performance figures but it is difficult to obtain direct performance comparisons with the previously installed equipment or other systems installed on similar installations.
When we first introduced the System 500 Forehearth design we carried out many partial supplies for conversion of existing forehearths so as to prove the technology and gain its acceptance in the glass industry. Such conversions were able to improve the performance of the existing forehearths whilst satisfying the financial constraints of the rebuild budget by retaining and re-using some of the client’s existing forehearth equipment.
Today, as in the past, PSR continues to offer forehearth conversions so that customers can benefit from the proven major a...

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