Profession glass annealer

Glass annealers operate electric or gas kilns used to strengthen the glass products by a heating-cooling process, making sure the temperature is set according to specifications. They inspect the glass products  through the entire process to observe any flaws.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

Skills

  • Supply machine

    Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Observe products' behaviour

    Observe the color of fires and pyrometric cones under certain processing conditions such as high temperature.

  • Monitor automated machines

    Continuously check up on the automated machine's set-up and execution or make regular control rounds. If necessary, record and interpret data on the operating conditions of installations and equipment in order to identify abnormalities.

  • Adjust oven temperature

    Adjust the oven temperature level and uniformity by correcting the fuel feed.

  • Comply with production schedule

    Make sure that the time periods allocated to each step of the manufacturing process are respected.

  • Observe glass under heat

    Observe the characteristics of the glass already set into the kiln so that cracking, warping or blistering is avoided.

  • Consult technical resources

    Read and interpret such technical resources such as digital or paper drawings and adjustment data in order to properly set up a machine or working tool, or to assemble mechanical equipment.

  • Restore trays

    Restore the trays in order to be reused by removing them form the kiln and placing them into the lehr for gradual cooling and annealing.

  • Position glass on trays

    Position the glass on the specific kiln trays using the tongs.

  • Adjust burner controls

    Adjust the heat in the burner regulating the thermostat according to the prescribed temperature following each product specification.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Set up the controller of a machine

    Set up and give commands to a machine by dispatching the appropriate data and input into the (computer) controller corresponding with the desired processed product.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Tend lehr

    Operate the temperature-controlled kiln used in annealing, the process of gradually cooling hot glass to avoid any internal stress.

  • Form bed for glass

    Form a bed for glass on the metal trays by spreading plasters of paris using rollers or pallete knifes.

Optional knowledge and skills

manage kiln ventilation handle broken glass sheets operate drying blowers remove defective products manage waste monitor conveyor belt report defective manufacturing materials perform kiln maintenance record production data mechanics inspect quality of products maintain equipment perform test run read gas meter monitor gauge keep records of work progress inspect glass sheet monitor end-product drying process