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Volume 5 / Issue 3
Free Seminar to be offered at glasstec

"The 3 Key Stages of Glass Container Development" is the title of the free Training Seminar AGR will be conducting at glasstec.

The main topics will be:

  1. Concept Design and development
  2. Proof of Design Testing
  3. Validation/Line auditing  

All three of these stages are part of the fully immersive product development service offered by AGR which includes enhanced concept design involving 3D modeling and FEA analysis followed by testing and line auditing to confirm impact criteria.

“Numerous opportunities are presented during container development to improve upon the design, the glass weight and the performance.  Opportunities to develop unique designs, to lightweight, or modify impact criteria following a filling line audit are also plentiful. In the end, improvements in the container that assure high quality and prevent breakage can be attained if the key development stages are approached with intelligence and experience.  American Glass Research is well positioned to expertly guide you through those key stages.”, said AGR Senior Scientist Peter de Haan. 

Peter will be conducting the free 2 hour seminar on October 25 at the glasstec trade show.  He will isolate each of the opportunity areas in each stage for improvement and show the associated benefits.

The seminar will require pre-registration as seating is limited.  Contact Us if you would like to reserve a seat.   While at glasstec please visit us at stand 14/C28


"Effects of distinctive recessed label panels" 

Glass Worldwide Magazine has just published an AGR White Paper that discusses aggressive label panel design features and how they can affect glass bottle performance. The paper, written by  Director of Research, Bill Slusser, Senior Scientist Dr. Wenke Hu and Design Engineer Brad Salitrik explains the potential for this design feature to cause undesirable glass weight increases in exchange for acceptable performance.

If you have not yet read it, you can download it from our White Paper Library by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions or need help with your recessed label panels, Lightweighting or new bottle designs CONTACT US.

New Spanish Website

We have just launched our new Spanish language website to improve access to our array of services including; solutions to breakage problems, creating better designs, validating existing designs, training and assuring proper handling on the filling lines for our Spanish speaking customers.

All of the same information that is already part of our English, German, Chinese and Dutch sites has been translated.

 Click HERE to visit our new Spanish language website.


We are often asked “Can you identify this contaminant… in our glass… in the liquid … or in an unfilled bottle”

In most cases we can identify and categorize a wide range of contaminants on the outside or inside surface of the bottle using a wide range of analytical techniques including state-of-the-art Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), x-ray spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). We can also separate and identify contaminants in liquids.

This picture is of an ant magnified 270 times in our Scanning Electron Microscope.  It was neither found in the glass nor a liquid product.  Instead it was captured running in the vicinity of some unfilled bottles.

If you have questions about identification and prevention of contaminants in your glass CONTACT US.


MEET ...

Dr. Brandon Aldinger, an AGR Senior Scientist whose responsibilities include Fracture Diagnosis, Stone Analysis, and Pharmaceutical Services. He is actively involved in internal research and has had several technical papers published. He has recently published the ‘Color Atlas of Stones in Glass’ which includes more than 300 original photographs, images, and spectra. He will be announcing a new book on container defects to be published later this year.

 Dr. Aldinger joined AGR in 2015. Prior to that, he earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Cornell University and his B.S. in Chemistry at Penn State University, before spending 5 years designing transparent armor for the defense industry. When not at AGR, he enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and making stained glass.

Contact Dr. Aldinger to discuss your unique glass needs at or ASK OUR EXPERTS any questions you have about your glass concerns.


Our second half training seminars get underway in picturesque Lake Ammersee, located just outside Munich, Germany starting with “Fracture 1: Testing and Breakage Diagnosis of Glass Containers” September 10-12 followed at the same location by “Evaluation and Lightweighting of Glass Container Designs” September 13-14. These back-to-back seminars allow participants to attend both minimizing travel.  Due to the popularity of Fracture 1 and the September 10 session being sold out, a second seminar has been added in Lake Ammersee September 17-19. 

We will also be conducting F1 on our Butler, PA, USA campus September 18-19. The Pharmaceutical Fracture seminar takes place September 25-27 and is also on our Butler campus.

Krakow, Poland hosts Fracture 1 October 8-10.

These additional seminars will be held on our Butler Campus: 

  • Cord and Annealing Oct 17-19
  • Glass Container Technology Oct 23-24
  • Fracture 2: Advanced Breakage Diagnosis Nov 6-9
  • Bottle Design Evaluation/Lightweighting Nov 19-20 

Visit our website to see the full Training Schedule and our Training Catalogue to learn more about each one or to register.

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603 Evans City Road, Butler, PA 16001
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