We are very excited to share that our Japanese partner Hazama Sokki notified us that our IGA 140-TV pyrometer launched into space!
The pyrometer launched on August 19th as part of the HTV5 cargo mission from the Tanegashima Space Center and arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on August 24th! As part of Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF), the pyrometer will help scientists gather data on high temperature melts. ELF can use the zero-gravity environment to levitate a sample, control the position with electrostatic force, and then heat it to above 2000 °C.
Announcing the integrated ISR 6-TI Advanced pyrometer with thermal imaging solution for increased control and optimization of manufacturing processes in metals, glass, and other materials industries! The ISR 6-TI Advanced is a true break-through by combining pyrometry with infrared imaging technology to produce “Relative” thermal images. “Relative” thermal images are produced by measuring the temperature of the center spot with a ratio pyrometer and using an infrared filter to show an auto-calibrated thermal image based on the highly accurate ratio pyrometer temperature reading.
Glass production can be traced back to before the Roman civilization. The Latin term “glesum” can be roughly translated as “transparent lustrous substance”. Flat glass has changed very little since its inception as blown cylinders flattened out and the majority of today’s flat glass (about 90%) is produced using the float glass (Pilkington) process that was developed in the 1950s in England.
The global flat glass market was estimated to be over $30 billion in 2012, driven largely by demands of construction and automotive glass sectors. Current demand by China, North America, and Europe account for over 70% of products delivered. Future demand is expected to increase steadily as emerging markets develop.
To sustain these demands, there are over 200 float glass production plants worldwide. They produce over 60 million tons (about 7.5 billion square meters) of glass annually! But float glass production can be expensive due to the high cost of transportation and energy required for glass melting (often up to 1700 °C). In order to reduce costs, these plants tend to be regionally distributed to minimize the high costs of transportation and tend to operate continuously to minimize losses.