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PaneraTech, Inc.

4125, Lafayette Center Drive Suite 200, 20151 Chantilly, VA

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glasstec 2018 hall map (Hall 15): stand C56

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 05  Measurement, testing, control technology and software
  • 05.01  Measurement and control technology, sensoring
  • 05.01.02  Inspection technology
  •  Video inspection glass furnace

Our products

Product category: Video inspection glass furnace

Refractory Thickness Sensor (RTS)

The Refractory Thickness Sensor (RTS) measures the residual refractory thickness to the glass interface. The RTS sensor operates in direct contact with refractories such as fused-cast AZS.

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Product category: Video inspection glass furnace

Furnace Tomography Sensor (FTS)

The Furnace Tomography Sensor (FTS) is used to map early-stage glass penetration into insulation layers and measure residual insulation thickness. It is used on the sidewall insulation and furnace bottoms.

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Product category: Video inspection glass furnace


The SmartMelter® Monitoring Program is customized to meet your company’s needs based on the age and condition of your furnaces. Our team will work with you to make recommendations on which furnaces should be monitored, which parts of the furnaces are inspected, how many inspections are done each year, and how many years the program will last.

We treat each furnace unique with its own design, glass production history, and health history. Based on the type and history of the furnace, we develop an individualized custom program, specific to the needs of the furnace. The custom health monitoring program consists of three steps.

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About us

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SmartMelter® is an innovative technology developed by our team at PaneraTech, Inc. Partnering with major glass manufacturers for over a half a decade, our team worked on an effective solution to optimize the life of glass melting furnaces. The result is SmartMelter® – a complete furnace management solution.
An Innovative Team
The PaneraTech team has a long history of developing advanced radar-based sensor solutions. Our primary work has been on thru-wall imaging and advanced wireless sensing technologies for harsh environments. Our company was founded on a mission to commercialize its advanced radar technologies for industrial applications.

A Problem Identified
Tom Dankert (Retired, Global Furnace Manager at O-I) and Elmer Sperry (Global Furnace Lead at Libbey Glass) were looking for a way to optimize furnace campaign life and lower the risk of leaks in operating furnaces. There was no way to inspect the condition of refractory walls below the glass line. Therefore, the life of each furnace could not be predicted with accuracy. Most maintenance was performed based on a periodic schedule rather than the actual condition of the furnace. Thermal imaging and well-kept records improved speculation. However, this did not solve the problem. Many furnaces were being rebuild and overcoated on a conservative schedule. Some leaks still occurred, halting production for several weeks at a time.

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