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Air Products to Highlight Its Latest Innovations in Oxy-fuel Combustion Technology at Conference on Glass Problems

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Air Products (NYSE:APD) will highlight the company’s latest innovations in oxy-fuel combustion technology, including its Cleanfire® HRx™ burner, at the 79th Conference on Glass Problems in Columbus, Ohio, from November 5-6. 

The patent-pending Cleanfire HRx burner enables glass manufacturers to control the magnitude and location of oxygen staging, resulting in higher fuel efficiency, lower NOx emissions and reduced foam for higher-quality glass production. Like many of the company’s next-generation technologies, the HRx burner employs Air Products Process Intelligence—part of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)―to track key process parameters. This remote monitoring technology helps enable glass manufacturers to optimize and maintain burner performance and improve their overall operation. 

Air Products will host a combined exhibit/hospitality event in the Bellows F suite of the Columbus Hilton Downtown, where industry specialists will be available to discuss the challenges glass manufacturers are facing in their daily operations. For each visitor to its suite, the Air Products Foundation will donate $100 (up to a total of $15,000) to the Ceramic & Glass Industry Foundation to help foster innovation by the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals.

Additionally, Dr. Mark D’Agostini, senior research associate and manager of combustion technology development at Air Products, will present “Optimization of Energy Efficiency, Glass Quality and NOx Emissions in Oxy-fuel Glass Furnaces through Advanced Oxygen Staging” on Tuesday, November 6, at 3:00 p.m. as part of the Conference’s Melting and Combustion Technical Session. Dr. D’Agostini will discuss recent advancements in oxygen staging and present the operational properties of Air Products’ Cleanfire HRx burner, along with proven commercial demonstration results. 

Air Products has been supplying oxy-fuel technology to the glass industry since the mid-1970s. The company’s integrated solutions help glass manufacturers increase glass production, reduce fuel consumption, improve glass quality and reduce emissions. Air Products also operates a state-of-the-art Advanced Clean Energy Laboratory that facilitates the development and full-scale testing of actual combustion systems using a full spectrum of gaseous, liquid, and solid fuels from customers. Located in Allentown, Pa., the Clean Energy Laboratory enables remote monitoring of real-time combustion tests from locations around the world. 

For more information about Air Products full range of offerings for the glass industry, including gas supply, combustion systems, technology assistance, safety training programs, or consulting services, call 1-800-654-4567 or visit www.airproducts.com/glass.

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