Vitronus - Improve all aspects of your hot glass handling
Through innovative material science techniques, Tenmat have developed a product that is ideal for use in hot-end container glass plants. Vitronus is a fibre-reinforced carbide ceramic material that offers up to 5 times longer wear than competing products meaning less spent on replacement parts and less downtime to change them.
With Vitronus, hot-end container glass plants will be able to:
- Improve the melt-to-pack ratio
- Reduce the consumption of spare parts
- Reduce the number of glass rejects
- Improve efficiency and productivity
Our hot glass handling solution
This revolutionary material has insulating properties making it non-porous, tough, smooth and temperature resistant which ensures it does not damage the glass during production.
Vitronus offers superior performance over alternatives in the following areas:
- Reduced Oxidisation – with an oxidation rate 45 times lower than a standard CFC
- Reduced Oil absorption – 2.3x less oil absorption than graphite, reducing the risk of thermal contact damage to the glass.
- Reduced surface roughness – a smoother surface area compared to CFC
- Higher Toughness – 28x tougher than graphite, reducing the risk of premature breakage.
We’re revolutionising hot-end container glass plants with our hot glass handling material, Vitronus.
Long service life – 5x longer than competing products
No thermal marking of glass
No mechanical marking of glass
External thermal shock resistance
High toughness – reduces the risk of breakage in operation.
Hot glass handling
Traditionally, hot-end glass plants have used carbon graphite components although these have numerous pitfalls, such as issues with breakage, a short life span, oxidation and oil absorption. This has led to glass manufacturers looking for materials better suited to their needs – a material to increase efficiency and plant reliability while lowering costs and improving the overall melt-to-pack ratio.
When hot glass containers need transporting to their next destination in the production process, contact with materials can cause damage or distortion to the glass. Vitronus has been designed to overcome shortcomings in incumbent materials to provide a trouble-free operation with minimal glass rejects.
Its benefits of low oil absorption, high temperature capability, high toughness and high wear resistance whilst still being kind on the glass makes Vitronus an ideal choice for contact materials across hot-end production processes.
Vitronus v competing materials
The materials involved in glass contact are required to have multiple properties in order to ensure optimum performance. The table below shows the key physical properties of a hot-end glass contact material and how Vitronus compares with conventional materials: