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Volume 8 / Issue 1

Announcing our newest live webinar, “Spotlight on: Stone Analysis Essentials” coming March 9.  

AGR has provided in-person training to the glass industry with our “Stones in Glass: Analysis and Identification” seminar for well over a decade.  Now, for the first time, we are offering highlights of this training in an abridged format that provides practical strategies for stone identification. The information presented will be useful for glass plant quality control, batch and furnace, and select filling line personnel.

This new, 1.5-hour training webinar, entitled “Spotlight on: Stone Analysis Essentials” focuses on visual identification of stones using simple tools available in every QC lab; a hand lens and an optical microscope. Using the materials presented in this webinar, trainees will be equipped to identify the majority of the most common stones found in commercial glass products. In addition, they will be able to address the root cause of each stone type. 

Dr. Brandon Aldinger will conduct the live webinar. For those unable to view the live broadcast, the webinar will be recorded and attendees can replay the presentation at their convenience.  See our video preview to learn more.

The broadcast will air live at 9:00 EST/14:00 GMT/15:00 CET. The cost is $285 per person. Group discounts are available.

REGISTER HERE or CONTACT US If you have any questions. 
Two popular AGR webinars are now available as on-demand E-seminars.

Our "Sand to Shelf: Essentials of Glass containers" E-seminar provides everything you need to know about glass packaging.

This eight part, 39 modules E-seminar offers a comprehensive overview of glass containers; covering the highlights of glass as a material, the manufacturing process, loads and stresses, standard testing procedures, aspects of container design, and an introduction to fracture analysis. Presented in easily digestble modules ranging from 8 to 15 minutes in length, the course is self-paced to fit any busy schedule.

Attendees will gain an appreciation for glass as a material and its use in container manufacture. Quizzes ensure full comprehension of the material.

We offer three full, uncut modules as a free preview HERE. The cost is $875 for all 39 modules.  Learn more or REGISTER HERE.

The new "Spotlight On: Pharmaceutical Glass Flaws", a 2.5-hour E-seminar presented over 12 modules, covers the visual identification of flaws in pharmaceutical glass containers – specifically flaws in molded and tubing pharmaceutical packaging such as vials and syringes. For each flaw, attendees will learn its identifying characteristics, its source, and the effect that the flaw has on container performance.

Hundreds of photographs will familiarize attendees with representative examples of each flaw.  Trainees will also be provided with crucial information for corrective actions of the flaws. See our free preview HERE.

The E-seminar is self-paced and available on-demand. The cost is $415 per person. REGISTER HERE. If you have any questions, Contact Us  
Did you know... The complexity of the fracture pattern increases with increasing load magnitude.

The complexity of the fracture pattern is an indicator of the magnitude of the load at failure. A shorter initial split and greater amount of forking along with the number of fractures created all indicate load level was relatively high. Likewise, it usually indicates that the flaw at the fracture origin was relatively mild. Want to learn more about Fracture Diagnosis. Click HERE.
Our Experts were asked...
Q: What is the definition of a Stone? 

A: Any solid inclusion in the molten glass that is incorporated into the glass object.

  • are solid contaminants with different chemical and physical properties than the bulk glass
  • have survived extreme furnace conditions
  • usually exhibit chemical or physical transformation from their original form
  • may contain one or more metals, or oxides in crystalline or glassy phases
 If you have questions about your glass please ASK OUR EXPERTS.
AGR Training Seminars Update 

We recognize the importance of continous training in all areas of the glass industry and we strive to meet the needs with our live in-person training, live webinars and on-demand E-seminars. We continue to actively monitor the current conditions of the Pandemic, and at this time are preparing to offer a limited schedule of in-person training.

Here are our upcoming in-person training seminars for the first half of 2021:
April 20-23: "Fracture 1: Testing and Breakage Diagnosis of Glass Containers" in Butler, PA.

May. 25-27: "Stones in Glass: Analysis and Identification" in Butler, PA.

Jun. 22-25: "Fracture 2: Advanced Breakage Diagnosis of Glass Containers" in Kraków, Poland.

Jun. 28-29: "Evaluation and Lightweighting of Glass Container Designs" in Kraków, Poland.

Visit our E-seminar website to see all of our upcoming live webinars and on-demand e-seminars. Private, customized, on-location training is also available. To learn more about all of our seminars, visit our Seminar Catalogue and if you have any questions or would like to discuss Private Training Contact Us 
American Glass Research
603 Evans City Road, Butler, PA 16001
Tel: +1 (724) 482-2163
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