NSG Pilkington is a world leader in flat glass production. The Rossford Plant operates two float glass lines – fueled by an oxy-fueled furnace – to produce windshields, solar panels, and architectural glass. Earlier in 2016 NSG Pilkington decided that one of the furnaces had exceeded its useful life and would need replaced. IPS was the selected electrical contractor for the project.
The work began with demolition of the existing furnace. IPS completed removal of all instrumentation, power and control wires, electrical cabinets, junction boxes, transformers, disconnects, control stations, and electrical wireway.
Rebuilding the furnace required extensive electrical work. IPS performed complete replacement of the tin bath roof including new elements, bus bars, and cable bundles. Outdated motor control centers were replaced along with new feeds to the 200HP cooling water pump and 6-cell fin fan units for increased cooling water capacity. IPS also installed a new 800 KW diesel generator, transfer switches, and a new vibratory feeder to replace the existing cullet feed flopper drive system.
Demolition of the existing furnace involved removal of asbestos insulated wires and cables. Prior to beginning this work, the IPS Team met with the IPS Safety Manager to review proper procedures for handling asbestos containing material.