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2 Xcite FHC Technology Ferro Corporation Worldwide Glass Coloring Solutions for Glass Ferro Corporation Worldwide Glass Coloring Solutions for Glass

3 What is FHC Technology? n Introduction, melting and dispersion of colorants in the forehearth channel instead of the glass tank n Allows one or more forming machines to produce individual colors without a full tank changeover n So, a flexible color operation can be created without sacrificing the economies of large scale tank production n Almost all tank colors can be made also by FHC

4 Xcite FHC Technology Delivers…….. n An alternative technology for coloration of glass n A cost-effective alternative to tank coloration n Wide range of coloring possibilities n Flexibility

5 Overview n More than just color... Xcite forehearth color (FHC) technology means… n 30 years of experience in FH color n development and troubleshooting n Full color-matching service n Rapid response n Full technological support n Colorant equipment design and supply n Computer modeling of cost savings

6 Why Color in the Forehearth? n Flexibility n No need to color the entire tank n Perfect for short-run color campaigns n Can switch colors more easily than in the tank n Cheaper to switch dark colors back to flint n Allows cost-effective colored glass to be made near to the market n A viable alternative to consolidating color production in tanks which may be far from the market n Fits with current moves to rationalize and reduce the number of glass plants and tanks n Small and large forehearth applications;k16-k48 fhs

7 Why Color in the Forehearth? n Increase productivity n Reduced downtime during color changes n Less production losses n Color changeover times reduced from days to hours n Can continue to run flint on other lines while producing color n Faster customer response time n Lower total coloring costs/ton

8 Why Color in the Forehearth? n Reduce inventory costs –Shorter campaigns mean less cash tied up in inventory –Lower warehousing costs n Lower energy consumption –Benefits of making base glass in high volumes can be maintained –No need to move colors production to less efficient, higher-cost small tanks

9 Why Color in the Forehearth? n Reduce contamination potential –No color in the batch preparation facility n Reduce shipping costs –Can keep color production close to the market n Marketing support –Short color campaign potential gives opportunity to test market new products without incurring major costs of tank color

10 Why Color in the Forehearth? n Conversion of tank colors –Opportunities to color more than simply flint –Reduce total number of tanks by converting one tank color to another normally produced in tank –Dead-leaf green to amber –Light amber to dark amber –Amber to black –Dead-leaf to antique green –Reduced Bordeaux to champagne green –UVA flint

11 Markets & Applications n Cosmetic bottles – The original FHC application, fueled by this segments desire to produce small runs of specialized colors; still a growing market – Ralph Lauren Polo, Polo Sport, Davidoff, Avon, Nivea, CK, Gillette… – Emerald green, cobalt blue, copper blues, pink, amethyst, violet, black…

12 Markets & Applications n Beverage containers – Soft drinks…Georgia Green Coke – Wines and spirits…champagne, Bordeaux, Bacardi, whiskey – Mineral waters…Clearly Canadian – Emerald green, dead-leaf green, cobalt and copper blues, olive, amethyst, black…

13 Markets & Applications Markets & Applications n Tableware – Tumblers – Cookware – Stemware – Art ware and giftware – Pressed-ware and blown-ware – Soda-lime and crystal – Green, black, yellow, pink, blue, amethyst...

14 Markets & Applications n Flat Glass –Rolled patterned glass (RPG) n Extremely flexible, cost-effective application for FHC technology, increasing in popularity n Especially popular in Middle East, South America, Asia n Wired and non-wired applications n Large volumes: pull rates 100 to a potential of 200 tons per day –Glass building blocks n As with RPG, very cost effective compared to tank color –Popular colors: bronze, blue, green, amethyst, brown

15 Forehearth Colorant Design Service n Close cooperation with forehearth engineers on preferred design n Colorant weighing, delivery and stirrer equipment design and layout n Full equipment package supplied n On-site commissioning of the coloring package in full cooperation with the forehearth engineers n Full color matching service n New color development and troubleshooting

16 Products n Ferro invented and patented forehearth color concentrates (FHCC) n FHCC means higher color loading, lower % feed rates, high chrome green shades with better glass quality not possible with colored frits n Almost all colors are possible by forehearth coloring n Product can be color matched as frit or FHCC n For high tonnage pulls - e.g., containers and RPG- FHCC is generally the product form of choice n In some forehearth situations - e.g. short channel length - frits can be the preferred choice

17 Example Products

18 Equipment Package n Loading/weigh system including weigh hopper, scale feed and control system n Delivery system including vibratory conveyor and feed tube n Stirrer mechanism and speed controls, to ensure good color blending in the molten glass, giving homogenous color with good glass quality

19 Critical Variables n Weigh system design: gravimetric preferred n Channel dimensions and shape, glass depth n Length of preheat, melting and stirrer zones - melt time, stirring time n Base glass analysis n Pull rate n Feed rate, typically 0.1 to 3% for FHCC, depending on product n Glass temperatures and control in the 3 zones: c. 1300-1220 o C n Number, position, speed, direction and design of stirrers n Feed point for FHC n FHC product design and formulation n Melt zone forehearth atmosphere and glass redox state

20 FHC Proposal: What do we need? n New or existing forehearth to be used? n Layout and dimensions of existing forehearth and space available for possible forehearth modifications n Colors required n Tonnage pull rates required n Glass composition and cullet sample n Glass depth and temperature in the 3 FHC zones - preheat, melt and stirrer zones n End market segment

21 FHC Proposal: What do we offer? n Color-matched patties in customers own glass n Forehearth evaluation and full design proposal, in conjunction with the forehearth build engineers n Ferro FHC equipment package and quotations n Recommendations on stirrer profiles and set-up n Recommendations on temperature/atmosphere n On-site commissioning support n After-sales service and local sales support

22 Global Service n Manufacturing plants in USA, Europe n For sales and service, please contact the nearest Ferro office or agent in your region: Europe: France, Italy, Portugal, Holland, U.K., Czech Republic Asia: Australia, India, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, China NAFTA: USA, Mexico South America: Brasil

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