Raising a glass to a historic Dandenong manufacturer

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Oceania Glass™ is Australia’s Architectural Glassmaker with a proud heritage serving Australia, having sold their very first glass in 1856. Oceania Glass offers a comprehensive range of value-add glass solutions through an extensive customer supply network across Australia and New Zealand. Their glass is featured in many of Australia’s most iconic buildings, including the Australian Parliament House. 

They operate a float line in Dandenong South, Melbourne, producing around 165,000 tonnes of flat glass each year and are certified by ISO 9001 Environmental Management System and ISO 140001 Quality Management Systems.

“Oceania Glass specialises in value-add glass that improves natural light to make people’s lives better, such as energy saving Low E glass used in homes and commercial buildings to make them more comfortable,” says Parvinder Singh, Reliability Engineer for Oceania Glass. “We also present a unique offering to the local architecture and design community who share our love of glass.” 

A few doors down the street from Oceania, nestled in the same industrial pocket, is CBC Dandenong — which conveniently allows Oceania to source and procure parts for repairs and maintenance on short notice. 

On one such occasion, Parvinder was experiencing trouble with the keyways of the laminate oven rollers in the glass plant, so he decided to reach out to the CBC engineering team for a consult. 

The OEM of the laminate oven had supplied a design with a keyway in the roller journal and a floating grub screw to allow thermal expansion in the oven rollers. But according to Parvinder, the drawback of this design was that the bearing housing was too static to accommodate thermal growth on such a high-heat application. 

“Due to a very small surface of contact between the grub screw and the keyway wall the grub screw had been slowly digging a cavity in to the side wall of the keyway,” explains Parvinder. “Eventually this caused the bearing to lose its ability to float in the keyway and was breaking the grub screw. Once the grub screw breaks, the roller shaft used to spin on the inner raceway of the bearing eventually wearing down the bearing journal.” 

Technical Sales Representative Chula Jayawardene and an engineer from Timken, made a joint call to Oceania Glass to examine the problem area and assess the application requirements. 

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