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Volume 4 / Issue 4

AGR demonstrates how millions can be saved with the right weighted bottle

At the drinktec trade show in Munich, Germany, AGR’s Director of Research, Bill Slusser, conducted a free seminar on understanding and establishing impact criteria for filling lines. The seminar provided a foundation for understanding glass strength and the effect of stresses developed during impact events. The highlight of the seminar was an illustration that indicated that utilizing actual impact values obtained through a filling line audit, has the potential to produce annual cost savings in the millions when properly applied to a lightweighting campaign. Properly performing and interpreting the results of a line audit is the key to unlocking these incredible, cost benefits.

Accessing AGR’s Comprehensive Container Development service, which consists of FEA analysis of the current bottle designs, filling line audits and validation thru performance testing, allows the customer to realize the potential cost benefits outlined in the seminar.

Contact Us to talk about your needs or click to learn more about our Design Study, Line Audits or Performance Testing.


AGR announces new Rapid Prototyping

AGR has enhanced its Fast-Track Bottle Design Service and customers can now receive an actual 3D printed replica of their proposed bottle design.  The 3D printed bottles are the exact dimensions as described in the technical drawing and even include all unique design features and logos. Providing the 3D printed bottle provides enhanced visualization of the end product (including label application) to the customer well in advance of actual bottle production.    

This new offering augments AGR’s Conceptual Bottle Design and Onsite Bottle Design Service and is expected to enhance the customer experience during glass container development projects.

Click HERE to learn more about our Design Study Service or Contact Us to discuss your bottle development needs.

Celebrating 90 years of service to the glass industry

Continuing on our promise, we will be marking our 90th Anniversary throughout the year with the release of more of our Legacy White Papers.

In our last release, we included a paper entitled “Effect of Coatings on Adhesion of Labels to Glass Containers”.  Continuing in the area of surface coatings, we now bring to your attention two additional papers from our archives.   These cover the topics of the effect of coatings on closure rusting and the effect that caustic wash solutions have on hot end coatings that are applied to refillable containers.  We hope these will enhance your understanding of coatings and how they can affect the performance of glass containers.

“How Tin oxide Coatings Affect Closure Rusting”, was written by Gary L. Smay and published in Glass Worldwide in 2011.

“Effect of Alkaline Solutions on Tin oxide Coated Glass Surfaces”, was written G.L. Smay and J.S. Wasylyk, and published in Glass Technology in 1981.

Visit our White Paper Library to view all of our White Papers.

AGR adds excitement to 78th GPC

At the recent Conference on Glass Problems held in Columbus, Ohio, AGR Senior Scientist Dr. Brandon Aldinger, Research Engineer Brian Collinsand AGR Manager of Analytical Services Neal Nichols, provided attendees the opportunity to view stone inclusions with the aid of a polarizing microscope.  

An accurate identification of the type of inclusion earned the attendee a gift and automatically entered them into a drawing for a chance to win a copy of the hardcover book "The Color Atlas of Stones In Glass",  written by Dr. Aldinger and Brian Collins.

The GPC is the largest glass manufacturing conference in North America, attracting glass manufacturers and suppliers from around the world, allowing an open exchange of innovations and solutions.

AGR has been a regular participant at the conference as both speakers and exhibitors throughout the history of the event.

CONTACT US to discuss any glass problems you may be experiencing.
We were asked “Does glass color affect the glass strength?” 

This question comes up frequently. So much so that we included it in a newly created chapter ‘Glass Myths – Fact or Fiction?’ as part of our “Fracture 1: Testing and Breakage Diagnosis of Glass Containers” Training Seminar.  

The Answer to this question is “NO”. Despite the anecdotal observations to the contrary, glass strength, as opposed to many other materials, does not greatly depend on composition. Glass strength is typically defined as the magnitude of the tensile stress that is required to cause failure.

Want to learn more answers to common myths? Attend our F1 Seminar  or if you have any questions to “Ask Our Experts” please don’t hesitate to ask.
Do you know glass?

Do you want to learn how to diagnose and prevent bottle breakage?  Conduct a thorough audit of a glass manufacturing plant? Or understand all of the implications of Lightweighting a bottle design?

AGR 2018 Training which can help in all these areas gets underway starting in Krakow, Poland in February and in Munich, Germany in March.

February 12-13 Krakow: Evaluation and Lightweighting of Glass Container Designs
February 14-16 Krakow: Fracture 1: Testing and Breakage Diagnosis of Glass Containers
February 19-20 Krakow: Stones in Glass: Analysis and Identification

March 6-9 Munich: Fracture 2: Advanced Breakage Diagnosis of Glass Containers
March 12-14 Munich: Fracture1: Testing and Breakage Diagnosis of Glass Containers

In the US, on our Butler, PA campus seminars begin in April with Fracture 1 followed in May by Advanced Batch and Furnace, Analysis of Stones and Batch and Furnace (which will be held the same week to allow attendance at both).

See our Training Schedule for dates of all of our seminars and our Training Catalogue all of our seminars.
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