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

Skills

  • Observe products' behaviour

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

  • Position glass on trays

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

  • Tend lehr

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

  • Adjust burner controls

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

  • Follow production schedule

    Follow production schedule taking into account all requirements, times and needs. This schedule outlines what individual commodities must be produced in each time period and encapsulates various concerns like production, staffing, inventory, etc. It is usually linked to manufacturing where the plan indicates when and how much of each product will be demanded. Utilise all the information in the actual implementation of the plan.

  • Form bed for glass

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

  • Observe glass under heat

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

  • Use personal protection equipment

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

  • Adjust oven temperature

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

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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