How Glass Is Made
Posted On › July 2016
Glass has become one of the most popular building materials used today because it offers virtually unlimited aesthetic options, combined with outstanding performance. What ends up as large, sweeping glass panels in a high-rise office building, health care facility, school, or other construction project starts as a simple combination of sand, soda ash, limestone, dolomite and some other minor ingredients.
The glass making process commences in the batch house, which is where all of the incoming raw materials are offloaded onto a conveyer and sent to their respective storage silos. The actual batching begins when the raw materials are moved, weighed and mixed, and sent via a conveyor belt to the charging end of the melting furnace. The melting furnace is similar to an old fashioned brick baking oven, but much, much bigger.
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