Extend the life of your furnace with a clear view of its true health. SmartMelter® measures the actual residual thickness of walls and helps you optimize the timing of overcoat and rebuild dates for longer furnace life. Operate longer with confidence by identifying early stage glass infiltration into the insulation.
Avoid untimely overcoats and repairs. Our solution combines two patented sensors with digital mapping to give you precise data about the overall health of your furnace. SmartMelter® lets you see into furnace walls to identify areas that need local repair, so maintenance is only performed when and where it is necessary.
Keep all of your furnace inspection and maintenance records in one place, organized electronically for easy access and evaluation. Our software platform provides you with new insights for better utilization of furnaces.
Our success to date with the SmartMelter® is helping us to target best-in-class risk of furnace operation, recognition from our risk underwriters for these investments and a new level of technically-driven performance of our melter lifecycles. Recently, for example, for one of our furnaces at the Shreveport plant, SmartMelter® indicated better than expected wall thickness, which resulted in delaying the overcoat for a year and also extending the planned rebuild by 12 months.
SmartMelter® is one of the most innovative technologies developed to improve the life expectancy and operation of our float furnaces. Cardinal is using the system on our floats for not only sidewall block measurements but also furnace bottom thickness measurements allowing us to accurately predict hot and cold repairs and safely operate and extend the life of our furnaces.
PaneraTech tackles the most challenging problems with cutting edge technologies. In partnerships with major glass manufacturers for over half a decade, our team pioneered the SmartMelter® solution for better insight into furnace health. Beginning as simply a wall thickness sensor, SmartMelter® has evolved into a comprehensive furnace management solution that enables you to better manage and optimize the life of your furnaces.