The challenge was to renew and modernize the batch plant control system and electronic components with minimal interrupt to the production lines. The solution was found in skillful engineering and extensive experience, mixed up with Nordic know-how, and it was divided into three steps. Read more how we helped Corning Pharmaceutical Glass batch plant in Italy to find the way through complex renewing project.
Corning Incorporated is an American multinational technology company that specializes in specialty glass, ceramics, and related materials and technologies including advanced optics, primarily for industrial and scientific applications. The company originates from 1885 and have since became a global business of almost 62000 employees and the revenue of 14.08 billion USD (2021).
Corning Pharmaceutical Glass is a subsidiary of Corning incorporated. It creates and supplies high-quality pharmaceutical glass tubing and vials to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical packaging industry.
Corning Pharmaceutical Glass plant in Europe is located in Pisa, Italy. The plant itself has decades of history in producing glass for pharmaceutical industry’s needs and it has been owned by Corning since 2015. The plant consists of three furnaces. One of the furnaces is for production of the amber glass and two of them are for clear glass.
Contacting Lahti was an easy decision
The electronic systems of the old plant were in the need of revamping or replacing because their ageing was causing outages of the production and the growing unreliability of the plant was increasing the business risks. When upgrading the plants control system, it is not always easy to come out with modernized solution. Companies find very often safety in old systems, and the new system will therefore be very similar to the old. It brings reliability but won’t develop the plant operations any further. Plant Engineering Manager Stefano Caponi has worked for Corning since 2017 and has the experience from glass industry for over 40 years. He stood by the solutions Lahti Glass Technology were offering, even though it wasn’t identical with the previous system. He knew experts of Lahti from his previous works, so he found the needed reliability in their experience, and trusted that they work sincerely to find the best solutions for the plant.