DrawSpeedGlass • High-speed organic screen-printing

DrawSpeedGlass aimed to produce multicoloured organic decoration on satin-finish glass while maintaining the quality demanded by the premium bottling industry in terms of aesthetics, physical & chemical properties, environmental standards and safety.

This new prototype line also aimed to achieve a decoration cost price at least 30% lower than that of the organic decoration used before the project.

The project also made it easier to trace bottles on the production lines. In addition to the industrial and technical challenge, DrawSpeedGlass tackled environmental challenges (by eliminating heavy metals) and marketing challenges (by expanding the range of decoration). It also improved the customer service offering with the tracing of individual bottles

Context

The Hauts-de-France region is home to a large centre of excellence for glass-making, of which Saverglass, a specialist in premium bottling, is a member.

Saverglass is getting involved in R&D projects to tackle competition from emerging countries and retain its technological edge.

Key info

Project type: FUI 7 (France’s inter-ministerial R&D fund)

Start date: 2 June 2008

Project duration: five years

Success story

Further to this research, Tiama positioned itself as a leader in individual bottle tracing in the glass packaging sector, and Saverglass as a leader in decoration via chemical etching and organic screen-printing.

The R&D project led to the creation of:

  • a demonstrator then pilot units for organic decoration in eight colours
  • an innovative frosting process that far exceeds environmental regulatory requirements
  • automated handling of the production line
  • traceability with individual marking processes and scanning of glass items
  • pre-industrial process validation and a significant increase in industrial performance

DrawSpeedGlass paved the way for a considerable increase in market share and the exponential growth of the production of organic decorations. In response, Saverglass opened a second decoration plant in Arques, France. The industrial and commercial launch took place in 2014.

The DrawSpeedGlass project led to the training of a PhD student and two postdoctoral researchers and publication of a paper. It also had significant technical and scientific implications.

  • two patents
  • one thesis
  • one peer-reviewed scientific paper
  • job creation: 81 jobs created at the opening of the plant in 2014; 120 jobs created over time
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