After Glassman Europe and Glassman USA, refractories manufacturer RATH is going to participate in Glassman Asia this fall and will be showcasing its latest developments – from a new, advanced feeder expendables series to new channel block qualities and innovative hot gas filter elements. Once more, the experts at the RATH booth will show you how to act even more sustainably.
“The Asian market is very important to RATH, especially for the feeder expendable business. As for our high-quality, high added-value products, we are seeing significant growth potential in the region. Therefore, we are especially pleased to participate in the Glassman Asia exhibition in South Korea this year and to present our latest product developments,” says Robert Nusszer, Head of Sales Glass, RATH.
The Austrian refractories manufacturer, who operates internationally, will present various products in Seoul, including the new FOURATH 4xx feeder expendable product family, the newly developed channel block qualities, the fused-silica products, the FILTRATH catalytic and non-catalytic filter elements and the lightweight Altraform spout cover blocks.
Strong focus on R&D and sustainable refractory solutions
RATH attaches great importance to continuous research and development. “The further development of refractory compositions, including for the glass industry, is a challenge we take up with great commitment – always with a strong focus on sustainable and energy-saving refractory solutions,” outlines Robert Nusszer. A recent example of this is the new, advanced feeder expendables series. The new product series, called FOURATH 4xx, is based on an optimized formulation that has been exclusively developed and produced by RATH. During the R&D process, RATH selected the highest quality raw materials to keep the impurity level to a minimum and achieve the lowest possible glass corrosion, infiltration, devitrification, and blistering rate. To be more competitive on the market, the entire manufacturing process was changed from slipcasting to vibrocasting by using the same mold park.
This brings some significant advantages to RATH customers. First of all, the product quality is improved, with better corrosion, infiltration and devitrification resistance, better thermal shock and crack resistance, and longer service life due to a more compact mix, better surface quality, significantly lower porosity and higher CCS. Secondly, the new manufacturing technology avoids additional grinding of the tube’s outer surface while maintaining the tight tolerances. “This enables us to increase the service life of the tube and significantly reduce cracking in the tube by eliminating the micro-crack formulation during machining,” Robert Nusszer summarizes. “The new product series has been put through its paces in our laboratories and has successfully passed the first glass factory trials in the last 2-3 years, which was a very long process, but we are very satisfied with the results.”
RATH also presents the newly developed channel block qualities
“In addition to the development and introduction of the FOURATH 4xx feeder expendable product family, we have recently resumed the production of forehearth 333 channel blocks at our US facility in Owensville,” says Robert Nusszer. The channel blocks are manufactured using the original 333 formulas with the original casting technology, which made the mix popular on the market, from Europe to the USA and Asia. “The 333 with its fine selection of raw materials, very low impurity and low zircon-oxide level yet excellent glass corrosion resistance will be a first-class answer to all the requirements of container glass manufacturers,” adds Nusszer.
Expert in ceramic hot gas filter elements
For many years, RATH has been developing innovative ceramic hot gas filter elements that make it possible to filter particle-laden industrial flue gases at temperatures of up to 1000 °C and reduce emissions of nitrogen and sulfur oxides as well as of fine particulates. The FILTRATH® non-catalytic and FILTRATH®CAT catalytic filter elements are produced at RATH´s Meißen facility (Germany).
Recently, RATH has doubled its production capacity for catalytic and non-catalytic hot gas filter elements at its Meißen production facility. As the only remaining European manufacturer of filter elements, RATH can produce up to 40,000 filter elements per year depending on the requested dimensions and quality. The new production line is already in operation and running at the highest efficiency level.
Meet our experts at Glassman Asia (September 20-21, Seoul) at the RATH booth and learn more about our premium refractory solutions for the glass industry.