Chapter 4. A Case History of a Pneumatically Based Batch Plant with an Excellent Performance Record
- John B. Wachtman Jr
Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
Copyright © 1989 The American Ceramic Society, Inc.
Proceedings of the 49th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 10, Issue 3/4
How to Cite
Hubert, F., Holley, T., Hibscher, C. and Polcyn, J. (1989) A Case History of a Pneumatically Based Batch Plant with an Excellent Performance Record, in Proceedings of the 49th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 10, Issue 3/4 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470310533.ch4
- Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1989
Print ISBN: 9780470374849
Online ISBN: 9780470310533
The pneumatically based batch plant at Certain Teed's Wichita Falls, TX, plant has operated for over 11 years and has delivered outstanding performance. The four furnaces, which melt “E” glass for continuous filament fibers, have never been without mixed batch, even during batch plant expansion projects. Pneumatic conveying techniques are utilized and raw materials are conveyed approximately 300 ft from the unloading shed to the storage silos. Mixed batch is blended pneumatically and is conveyed pneumatically 600 ft to the most remote furnace bin, and a high degree of batch quality is maintained. Waste batch is not encountered with this computer controlled batch plant. The basic design provided the flexibility for the batch plant to expand from the original design capacity of 225 tons per day of mixed batch to slightly more than 400 tons per day, and the capacity can be expanded further if necessary. The batch plant at Certain Teed, Wichita Falls, is a very clean operation, which is not easy to achieve when fine mesh batch materials are involved.