GLASS HAS AN INHERENT BEAUTY, TACTILITY AND VERSATILITY. AS A PACKAGING MATERIAL IT IS UNDOUBTEDLY IN A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN. IT IS INFINITELY RECYCLABLE, WITHOUT SUCCUMBING TO A LOSS IN QUALITY.
It satisfies the global interest of sustainability, consists of 100% naturally occuring ingredients and can be reused and refilled without posing a risk to health and safety.
Clear glass, known as extra white flint, makes up 70% of Stoelzle production. The remaining 30% is our production of brown (amber) and green glass. We also produce 30 specialist colours on 4 separate lines.
GLASS IS COMPOSED OF BASIC RAW MATERIALS: SAND, LIMESTONE, SODA ASH AND CULLET (RECYCLED GLASS). THESE, PLUS SEVERAL OTHER INGREDIENTS ARE WEIGHED AND MIXED IN A BATCHING PLANT AND THEN DELIVERED TO THE FURNACE FOR MELTING.
Melting requires temperatures of up to 1600°C. A combination of gas firing and electricity is used but a large part of the process is simply time. It takes up to 2 days to for the materials to melt appropriately before bottles can be made.
BOTTLE-MAKING IS A HIGHLY AUTOMATED ENGINEERING PROCESS WHICH INVOLVES THE COOLING AND FORMING OF HOT GLASS GOBS INTO BOTTLES.
Cast iron moulds and compressed air alongside electrical driven equipment comprise an IS machine. This performs the impressive conversion of a viscous liquid into a solid object in a matter of seconds.
FOLLOWING THE PRODUCTION PROCESS, BOTTLES REQUIRE ANNEALING OR STRESS RELIEVING DOWN A HEATED TUNNEL CALLED A LEHR WHERE THEY ARE RE-HEATED AND THEN SLOWLY COOLED TO MEET ROOM TEMPERATURE.
At the end of the lehr the outer surface of the bottles receive a coating as a protective layer. This ensures the bottle can withstand handling requirements down the inspection lines, at the customers’ filling line and so on.
These machines are equipped with various optical techniques to perform this duty. Built-in communication features enable fast response by both inspection and production staff who are on hand to perform corrective actions.
Our standard bottle is a simple and cost-effective solution without compromise on quality. Standards are available in smaller quantities and can meet immediate delivery requirements.
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