A significant portion of the World’s Economy lies within the glassware industry. People don’t consider it to be a mainstream sector but over the years it has shown massive growth and is currently paving its way to expand the glassware business exponentially.
Enunciating the glassware business growth, the major points which the glass manufacturers should keep in their minds are better quality and faster production. The strategies were changed in the peak position where people are standing up against plastics.
The history of glass bottles is well known because it traces back to 3500 BC in eastern Mesopotamia and major parts of Egypt. Back then people used glass as one of the antique objects because of its intricately carved surface.
Earlier people spent hours or even days making one carton of glass bottles because of less technology and skill set. People didn’t know the technique of cutting glass bottles with a dremel, which nowadays is the most popular way of Making Glass Bottles.
Not only has the technology and skillsets been improvised but also the use of different techniques has changed the entire scenario of glass production. In this blog post, we’ll get to know the manufacturing of glass bottles and which materials are used to make them. Let’s just have a quick look over some very interesting and important jargon of the glass Industry.
For knowing the process of manufacturing glass it is important to know the significant terminologies associated with glassmaking. The major glassware jargon are:-
- Glass Batch
Let’s just have a quick discussion on all these terminologies which shall give you a vivid look at this blog post.
When the glass is manufactured, they are exposed to high temperatures which result in the melting of glass and gathering into lumps (technically cylinders). When the process reaches this particular stage the melted glass is slashed off with a sharp shear blade and is collected to mould it into globs. This is called gob.
After moulding the melted and slashed off glass into Globs, the process of Parison comes into being. In this process, the collected Globs coalesce with the Parison Mold. It won’t be wrong to say that parison is the nearly formed glass jars or bottles (pre-form). It generally acts as a catalyst in forming glasses.
After the above 2 steps, the mixture of Globs and Parison undergoes three steps cumulatively called Glass Batch. The three steps are heating, melting, and cooling. The mixture goes through these three steps to form the final product that is glass.
What Glass is Used in Bottles?
The Jargons which you must have gone through in the blog is nothing but the primary foundation into how the glass is made and which glass is used. If you are clear with the above-mentioned terminologies, then you have it in your head which glass must have been used in Bottles.
The simple answer to this is variance. There are various glasses for different kinds of bottles and jars. The requirement is the primary need.
Not only requirement but also the external and internal environment of the glassware organization also gives a brief understanding as to what type of glass must have been used in glass bottles and jars. Let’s get deeper into the factors and glass materials.
The different glass which are used for manufacturing bottles are jars are:-
- Silica Sand
- Soda Ash
- Aluminum Oxide
- Magnesium Oxide
These are the glass materials that are used in abundance and by the majority of glassware organizations.
Now every glass material has its own uniqueness such as:-
- Magnesium and Aluminium Oxide- Magnesium oxide and aluminum oxide are used to make glass jars and bottles long-lasting and durable.
- Silica Sand- Scientifically, silica sand is used for its low iron content. Lower the iron content less the colouration. Hence, the glass bottles or glass jars which have the least to no colours are made of Silica Sand.
- Limestone- Now when the glass Jars or glass bottles are manufactured and welded, they are exposed to high temperatures which for some glass products isn’t necessary. So Limestone is known for its cooling effect. So when Limestone is used it eventually decreases the temperature which helps in glass products formation.
- Cullet-The most important and highly used glass is cullet. Its demand is directly proportional to its never-ending list of beneficial factors.
Cullet consumes less energy and raw materials that leads to less expenditure. Cullet is known for consuming less energy and raw materials which means less cost expenditure. It is considered to be a highly essential raw glass material for the production of glass bottles and jars.
Cullet helps in glob formation because it is considered to be similar material in comparison to glass batch. When added to the mixture it helps in melting the glass inside the furnace producing lumps known as globs.
Cullet is considered environment friendly because it reduces the percentage of carbon footprints generated from glasses. Because of its low energy consumption, it’s like a blessing in disguise.
For learning more about the steps and methods of formation of a glass jar and bottles, go through this blog on roetell.com
Glass bottles are used for several purposes from soft drinks containers to wine bottles, from home decor accessories to primary utensils in a house. Glass bottles and Jars are used in every other sector, in every household and work sector.
As the demand for glass bottles and glass jars has increased, there has been a subsequent substantial growth in the production and distribution department of the glassware Industry. The brownie points goes to the major pros of glass over plastic use which has been the significant drive behind all this.
Glass is not only used as a common utensil but also has its prominent place as a Decor element. With increasing ideas and innovation, the representation of glass is diversely changing day to day increasing the charisma of the glass and glassware industry. Not to forget it’s environment friendliness which is cherry on the cake.