Forglass introduces 4.0 technology in scraping conveyors

Imagine a factory where machines are able to make decisions by themselves or at least make the decision-making process easier for humans by seamlessly communicating with us: this isn’t science-fiction anymore; the factory of tomorrow is here today!

Forglass, the leading batch plant and furnace technology supplier is at the forefront of innovative progress. The company’s robust R&D department, in collaboration with The Main Mining Institute in Katowice, AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland and other prestigious technical universities, have developed an impressive array of innovative technological solutions for both batch plants and furnaces.

In the pursuit of maximising production and minimising costs for its clients, and even more importantly to improve safety, Forglass developed an “intelligent” scraping conveyor, aptly named SmartScraper. Equipped with innovative Overload Protection System (OPS), the design uses electronic sensors to continually monitor the working conditions of the conveyor, diagnose problems and react instantly to changes in operation. The machine’s built-in intelligence allows it to slow down or stop before its elements are damaged, including the protection system itself. Additionally, when connected to a comprehensive array of sensors (e.g. temperature, working speed or efficiency), SmartScraper allows detailed analysis of its performance to avoid future malfunctions. And that’s smart.

Forglass has already delivered a number of SmartScrapers to their clients’ factories, including packaging, float and glass fibre production facilities. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, so Forglass has decided to offer SmartScapers equipped with OPS as the only option in the company’s family of scraping conveyors.