Pilkington announced their plans to rebuild their 6F1 and 6F3 furnaces in Rossford, Ohio with production to begin production in 2000. The rebuilt furnaces manufacture flat glass to be used in building products such as decorative glass, low-e glass and self-cleaning glass; and in automotive glass such as laminated and tempered glass.
IPS was responsible for the demolition of existing process piping and the installation of all new natural gas piping, oxygen piping and nitrogen piping. In addition, IPS installed cooling water lines, compressed air, combustion air piping and instrumentation of the 6F1 furnace. All installation work had to be performed while the demolition of the existing piping systems furnace was still operational to meet Pilkington’s operational workflow needs. Once the installation work was complete, IPS moved down to the Cold End of the furnace where the glass is cooled, cut and prepared for shipping to self-perform the demolition and installation of all material handling equipment inclusive of power wiring and control wiring. IPS installed all new conveyors, glass cutters, clean room and robotic equipment.
Pilkington was thoroughly impressed with IPS safety and performance they awarded an identical furnace rebuild to their 6F3 furnace to IPS in 2001.