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Glass manufacturing: the future is glass!

Tuesday 24th April, 2018

Glass is back! After decades of quiet mornings, the milk float could soon again be clinking along our streets delivering milk in glass bottles to our doorsteps. Whilst the glass milk bottle has stood empty, glass technology has evolved to inform improvements in glass manufacturing that have led to a wider range of glass products better able to meet customer needs.

Innovative technology

Glass itself is relatively simple to create. Its natural components of sand, limestone and soda ash are heated in a furnace until they melt and form a liquid glass which is then cooled and flattened. But to meet modern day demands, glass processing has become increasingly sophisticated, and now glass can be bent, drilled and toughened, increasing its versatility and application.

Float glass is the most widely used form of glass in consumer products, including car windshields, glass furniture, glass doors and windows. Dolomite and salt cake are added to the core components and heated to a temperature of 1500°C. The liquid glass is then poured into a tin bath (tin being cohesive and immiscible with molten glass) where it floats as the temperature is gradually reduced, forming a floating sheet with smooth sides and of even thickness. At approximately 600°C the glass sheet is pulled off the bath by rollers – the speed of the roller affecting the thickness. The glass sheet is then passed through a temperature-controlled kiln and cooled gradually to remove internal stresses. On exiting the kiln, the glass can then be cut to size by machines. 

As a specialist in glass processing, Tufwell Glass uses leading industry technology to create and supply high-quality glass products of your choice in the minimum possible time.

  • Our dedicated glass tempering facility allows us to provide large toughened glass sheets, thicknesses and shapes, which meet BS EN 12150, and are used in a range of products from glass partitions, glass windows and doors and glass balustrades.

  • We have the latest glass polishing equipment, offering an extensive range of edgework and polished finishes.

  • Our glass sandblasting equipment allows more variation with the use of different sand coarseness and depth of blasting, giving the finished product a richer textured appearance. The glass can have a protective coating applied for glass shower door applications.

  • Using the latest in CNC technology, we can produce almost any conceivable shape to create stunning visual effects as well as practical and functional applications.

Whatever your glass requirements, contact us on 01293 533 533 or email sales@tufwell.co.uk to find out how we can help, or visit us at our West Sussex base. We’ll be sure to serve you milk in your tea!

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