Wednesday, August 22, 2012

News: Beatson Clark fires up new furnace


Glass manufacturer Beatson Clark has completed work on a new £5.4m white flint furnace at their Rotherham facility.

The furnace has a daily capacity of approximately 200 tonnes of glass and provides the same size melting area of 70.6m² as the previous furnace.

However, an improved design will mean greater efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions in line with new Government targets.

The furnace rebuild is just part of a major £10m investment which Beatson Clark has made in plant and equipment at its Greasborough Road base this year.

A successful repair was made to the amber furnace in December 2011 and Beatson Clark has also installed new vision based inspection equipment at its factory.

Around 80 contractors have been involved in the rebuild and maintenance project, including Sheffield-based Tecoglas who designed the furnace, Chapman Brack who have undertaken the rebuild and Batts Engineering of Rotherham who fabricated and installed the structural furnace steelwork.

The new equipment now utilises the flame length to burn more gas, thereby reducing NOx emissions by over 20 per cent.

Improvements to the regenerators and an increased wall height have increased the combustion volume, which means that more heat can be recycled.

Meanwhile a new burner system with an oxygen trim facility ensures combustion is optimised, further increasing efficiency.

Dean Duke, furnace manager at Beatson Clark, said: "Our staff have worked closely with the contractors to ensure a smooth installation.

"The new furnace and the major maintenance work that has been undertaken will enable us to continue to produce quality glass for our customers for years to come."

Beatson Clark website

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