FORGLASS delivers highly customised batch plant expansion for Saint-Gobain ISOVER.
The Saint-Gobain ISOVER plant in Chemillé, France was constructed some 10 years ago and recently the company decided to expand its glass wool production by constructing a second furnace. Calculations showed that the capacity of the batch plant was sufficient to supply both furnaces. What was needed was an additional line for transporting the mixed batch to the new furnace, fully integrated with the Client’s existing control system. The supplier, whom Saint-Gobain chose to complete this technologically challenging project was FORGLASS.
FORGLASS designed, constructed and delivered the technology line consisting of batch transport together with the control system, custom-tailored to seamlessly integrate with Saint-Gobain’s existing automation. FORGLASS also designed and installed a special filtration system for the new line. Worth mentioning here are the Client’s aesthetic requirements: the new line had to blend in with the overall architecture of the factory. Additionally, no modifications of the building and existing structures were allowed, so FORGLASS had to design all of the components of the new line to not only be delivered through existing openings of the building, but to also fit with and around existing equipment. Anyone, who has ever designed new equipment around a 10-year old factory, including integration of automation software with the existing one, knows what kind of challenge that can be. And, as is usually the case, everything had to be accomplished on a very tight schedule!
FORGLASS excelled on all fronts of this unusual and difficult project, allowing the Saint-Gobain ISOVER plant in Chemillé to start the new production line on time. The Client expressed many thanks to FORGLASS for a job well done, including a comment from the plant safety director, who said that FORGLASS was the best technology supplier he’d ever worked with!