Dirk Schnurpfeil
Research and Development Manager, SORG

Glass Melting Furnaces

This presentation will explore the general aspects of glass melting furnaces and factors influencing the furnace design.


Dirk Schnurpfeil studied chemical technology of high-temp. "melting silicate materials“ at Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia in Moscow. He now has a Diploma as an Engineer of chemical technology of glass. First beginning his career in hollow glass / lighting industry at Glashuette Limburg Gantenbrink & Co KG. He went onto work on replacement of lead-containing coatings with sol-gel-based ones. Dirk Schnurpfeil then moved to float glass industry, Guardian Flachglas GmbH Thalheim (Germany) and worked as a process engineer in all possible positions along the line (Batch house, Furnace, TinBath, AnnealingLehr, ColdEnd, QualityControl & QM). For the last couple years he has worked in the regional OpEx-group, supporting all european plants of the group.