One of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the building and automotive markets will standardize internationally wherever possible on “hot end” control solutions based on Eurotherm’s EurothermSuite family of distributed control and information systems, and its associated instrumentation.

St Helens, England-based Pilkington signed the global alliance agreement with Eurotherm Ltd., Leesburg, Va., in October. The agreement comes as the result of a long, successful working relationship between the two companies over the last several years, and covers all of Pilkington’s float glass manufacturing plants.

Float glass plants, which produce high-quality clear, tinted and coated glass for buildings and vehicles, need to operate nonstop for up to 15 years. This requires control and information systems that can ensure that level of process integrity and performance. The float process, invented by Pilkington in the 1950s, has been licensed to more than 40 manufacturers in 30 countries. Pilkington was acquired by the Japanese glassmaker NSG in June 2006 and Pilkington and NSG together operate or have interests in 46 float lines worldwide.

Eurotherm’s EurothermSuite offers a comprehensive set of control solutions that includes process controllers and indicators, data recorders and data-acquisition systems, and complete process automation systems. The systems are designed to function within open networked environments, providing integration with management systems via industry-standard technologies. All are supported by a range of configuration and diagnostic tools and a portfolio of life-cycle support service options.