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

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

  • Position glass on trays

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

  • 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.

  • Adjust burner controls

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

  • 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.

  • Observe glass under heat

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

  • Adjust oven temperature

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Observe products' behaviour

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

  • Troubleshoot

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

  • Form bed for glass

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

  • 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.

  • Use personal protection equipment

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

  • 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.

  • Tend lehr

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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

Source: Sisyphus ODB