Pilkington Chooses Eurotherm for Global Alliance Agreement

Pilkington, has signed a Global Alliance agreement with Eurotherm Limited. The glass manufacturer will now standardize internationally wherever possible on "hot end" control solutions based on Eurotherm's EurothermSuite™ family of distributed control and information systems, with its associated instrumentation, according to a Eurotherm press release.

Described as a "significant international agreement," the agreement will be applicable to all of the float glass manufacturing plants, which Pilkington operates in many countries globally. It comes as the result of a long and successful working relationship between the two companies which goes back over several years.

Eurotherm's EurothermSuite offering now features what is claimed to be the most comprehensive set of control solutions available in a package from a single source. It includes process controllers and indicators, data recorders and data acquisition systems, and complete process automation systems. Such systems are now designed to function within open networked environments, providing integration with management systems via industry standard technologies. All are supported by a wide range of configuration and diagnostic tools, and a portfolio of life-cycle support service options.

"For many years now Eurotherm have been supplying process control and monitoring systems to the world's glass manufacturers, and have built up a global reputation for meeting the diverse control requirements of the industry," said Martyn Bevan, Eurotherm's business manager glass solutions, commenting on the Pilkington agreement. "We have delivered a large number of systems controlling Float Glass, Blown Container/Product, Glass Fiber, Crystal and Ribbon/Tubing lines, providing cost effective solutions for both the 'Hot' and 'Cold' ends of the manufacturing process. This includes batch, furnace, distributor, forehearth, mandrel, Lehr, annealing, bushings and utilities plant areas. Over time, our international working relationship with Pilkington has proved to be technically reliable, extremely productive, and cost-effective, facts which have now been recognized formally by their choice of us as a global supplier."

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