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Volume 7 / Issue 3

We are pleased to announce our “Sand to Shelf: Essentials of Glass Containers” webinar, a six-session course offering a comprehensive overview of what you need to know about glass containers. It covers the highlights of glass as a material, container manufacturing, filling, testing, design, and fracture analysis.

Attendees will gain an appreciation for glass as a material and how it can be used to manufacture high quality glass containers, avoid defects and analyze breakage.

Topics to be covered:

  • What is glass?
  • Overview of glass container manufacturing
  • Loads experienced during a container's life cycle
  • How container design affects performance
  • Glass strength
  • Container manufacturing flaws
  • Glass container testing and evaluation
  • Basics of fracture analysis

The six-session course begins Tuesday September 1 and will being conducted on each Tuesday and Thursday for three weeks. Each session is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours partially dependent on the time utilized for live questions and answers.

All Start times are 9:00 AM EDT (13:00 GMT). Dates are:

Session 1:     Tues Sep 1 
Session 2:     Thurs Sep 3

Session 3:     Tues Sep 8
Session 4:     Thurs Sep 10

Session 5:     Tues Sep 15
Session 6:     Thurs Sep 17 

The webinar will be conducted live by Bill Slusser, AGR Director of Research, and Dr. Brandon Aldinger, AGR Senior Scientist.

All six sessions will be recorded and will be available for future viewing.

Cost for all six sessions is $650 USD.

Registration is now available  HERE.

Did You Know… The Strength of Glass is Not a Material Property
As opposed to other materials, such as metals or plastics, the strength of glass is not a material property. Rather, it is dictated by the presence and severity of irregularities on the glass surface. Thus, the strength of glass is variable.

The size of these irregularities ranges from microscopic to clearly visible with the naked eye. Some of these irregularities are created during the manufacturing process, while others may be the result of handling during subsequent processes.

The key to preserving the strength of glass containers is to achieve a balance between good manufacturing practices, proper surface treatments and a smooth handling in the filling process.
"Do's and Don'ts of Lightweighting" webinar deemed a success

"The Do's and Don'ts of Lightweighting", AGR's first live webinar, was conducted on July 15 and attracted over 600 registrants. Bill Slusser, Director of Research, remarked after his presentation, "We were very pleased to connect with so many of our customers and industry friends from across the world. It felt great to get back into training with this new format. The positive feedback we received and the ability to interact with participants via a live chat made this a very meaningful event".

Due to time constraints, we were only able to answer a few audience questions during the live event, but we recorded a follow-up video to address the ones we could not address during the webinar. You can view the recording of that Question and Answer (Q&A) session HERE.

If you have questions on Lightweighting or on any glass issues you may be experiencing please don't hesitate to ASK OUR EXPERTS.

AGR remains open and fully operational

We have remained open to handle any testing, fracture diagnosis, glass quality, design analysis and analytical need. We are taking all necessary safety precautions for our customers and our employees. 

We recognize that our customers are essential businesses and we are here in our Butler, Maumee or Delft labs to provide the support you need to continue manufacturing and filling glass containers.

Contact Us to discuss any glass issues you are having.
Nazca Desert Drawings

In the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Indiana Jones used (real) giant desert drawings to locate the (fictional) city of Akator. The unusual markings at the fracture origin shown here bear an eerie resemblance to the drawings created by the Nazcas, and are similarly shrouded in mystery.

This particular origin was found at the inside knuckle of a glass container along with embedded material. Elemental analysis showed that the metal particulate was composed primarily of nickel and iron, likely caused by degradation of the plunger.

Contact Us if you need help reading unusual markings in your glass.
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