Trenton Dierkes is an experienced factory worker who has spent years working with glass. He works at a manufacturing plant just outside of Newport, Oregon. The glass making process has many steps and can take a variety of machinery. It starts off with the raw materials and ends with the cooled glass product.
The first step in glass making is at the batch house, which is where all of the raw materials are taken off a conveyer belt and put in their correct storage silos. The batching process is when all the weighed and mixed raw materials are sent to the charging end of the melting furnace. The melting furnace is much like old fashioned brick baking oven.
Next a combination of the batch materials, cullet and sand are melted to form liquid glass. Sand is one of the major ingredients in glass. This process takes many steps of heating a cooling.
The fining process comes next and is the point where the bubbles formed during the melting process are removed. The glass then floats through a canal into the float bath. The liquid glass then hardens on a bath of liquid tin.
Finally the glass moves under toothed wheels, which decide the thickness and width each piece of glass. The hardened and cut glass then moves towards the packaging area. Now the glass can be put into the proper packaging and sent to the various destinations.
Trenton Dierkes has worked in various areas of the glass manufacturing plant. He can handle a variety of machines and uses the upmost of care while on the job.