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Volume 3 / Issue 4
The new AGR "Fracture 3: Glass Fracture Diagnostician Certification" Seminar will debut in three locations in 2017.

The first offering will be in Munich, Germany February 28 - March 3, followed by Butler, PA, USA April 10 -13 and finally in Krakow, Poland September 19 -22. 

The seminar consists of advanced topics that will provide an ind-depth look into the mechanics of glass fracture, fracture analysis techniques and the evaluation of container glass. F3 participants will be trained to methodically solve complex breakage issues using advanced fracture analysis techniques and to thoroughtly detail findings. Requirements for registration include completion of AGR's "F1: Testing and Breakage Diagnosis of Glass Containers" and "F2: Advanced Breakage Diagnosis of Glass Containers". Visit our Training Seminar Schedule or Training Catalogue to learn more or to register.
AGR attending Glass Problems Conference

Are you interested in discussing Raw Material Analysis, Stone Analysis, Glass Composition or Quality issues with one of our experts? We will be available at the Glass Problems Conference, Booth 8, November 7 -10 in Columbus, Ohio. Contact Us if you would like to schedule an appointment. We hope to see you there.
Meet with us at glasstec

AGR will be attending the glasstec International Trade Fair September 20-23 in Düsseldorf, Germany.  We welcome attendees to visit with our experts in Hall 14 stand C28 to discuss any glass breakage, quality or design issues or training needs you might have.
CONTACT US to set up an appointment.
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AGR audits four Ruscam Plants

Ruscam Glass Packaging Company invited AGR to audit their four glass plants across Russia. Ruscam, the largest container glass manufacturer in Russia is looking to improve operational effectiveness and efficiency in all aspects of the manufacturing process throughout its facilities. The goal is to assure the quality of its products are world-class which will enable them to further expand their business to all continents. AGR Senior Scientist, Peter de Haan led the audit of each facility over a two week period.

His areas of focus were:
  • Quality and management systems review
  • Safety, HACCP and Environment Systems
  • Evaluation of raw materials and glass melting
  • Hot end and cold end operations
  • Packaging and warehousing
  • Quality assurance
If you need help in any of these areas to improve your glass manufacturing process Contact Us to arrange for a plant audit. Or if your employees need training in these areas attend one of AGR's open enrollment "Audit of Glass Plant Operations" Training Seminars or schedule Private In-Plant training. Visit our website to register or to learn more.

DID YOU KNOW… The vast majority of inclusions in filled products fall into three categories: Fragments, Flakes and Particles

The prevention of particles in filled pharmaceutical products is a perpetual, costly but absolutely vital activity for all fillers in this industry.  These particles are generally referred to as inclusions but may also be identified by several more specific names such as:  fragments, particles, flakes, or foreign material.
The difficulty in identifying and eliminating inclusions has increased due to evolving stringency that has changed from restrictions on particles that were readily visible without magnification to the current practice of filtering product and examining any filtrate at magnifications up to 25X. The issue complexity is increased due to the distinctly different types of inclusions that can be introduced into product. They have been shown to have varying compositions, shapes and sources.
Thus, the key to any corrective action is an accurate identification of the specific type of inclusion as this often is a strong indication of the source.

A typical inclusion analysis involves both a detailed microscopic examination of the inclusions in order to document the size,  shape and surface features, followed by detailed analysis with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with Energy Dispersive X-Ray (EDX) capabilities to identify compositional attributes.

AGR routinely works with all types of fillers (Spirits, Beverage and Wine), in addition to pharmaceutical companies to identify the type and possible sources of inclusions identified in their products.   While there can be a number of inclusion types, the vast majority can be grouped into three general categories:
The first is glass fragments due to chipping or breakage. These fragments are comparatively large, often ranging between 0.025 to 0.070 inches. Each fragment exhibits fracture surface markings and may have an original molded surface from the container. These fragments often have the same composition as the host vial in which they are found. The identification of chip sites within the finish region of the host vial is a common source of this type of fragment. Less frequently, in the absence of a chipped site of the host vial, smaller glass fragments (<0.015 inches) have been attributed to a previously filled item that was fractured with the fragments carried into the host vial by the filling tube. 

A second category is glass flakes with maximum sizes typically less than 0.010 inches.  Generally, the flakes are thin, contain an original surface and can be flat or slightly curved. In a few instances, extreme curvature causes the flake to appear rolled like a “scroll.” The source of these flakes is delamination of the inside glass surface. This is a condition in which the flakes originate of the inside surface and peel away due to reaction between the filled product and the glass surface.

A third category is particles that often consist of non-glassy appearing material exhibiting varying shapes.  The sources for this category varies and can include small metal particles, portions of the stopper, foreign material in the drug product or possibly drug product that has separated from solution.

If you need expert help identifying your inclusions Contact Us

2017 Training Seminar Schedule Announced

The 2017 Training Seminar Schedule has been released and is available for registrations. New in 2017 will be the "F3: Fracture Diagnostician Certification" Seminar held in Butler, Munich and Krakow; Back-to-back scheduling (same week) of our "Advanced Batch and Furnace" May 1-3 with our "Stones in Glass: Analysis and Identification" May 4-5 enabling participants to attend both in the same week while on our Butler campus saving travel time and money; And for the first time in Italy, two of our most popular Seminars "Evaluation and Lightweighting of Glass Container Designs" and "Fracture 1: Testing and Breakage Diagnosis" will be offered as Open Enrollment in Montecchio, Italy on May 8-9 and May 10-11 respectively.

In the Fall our Stone Analysis and "Cord and Annealing" will be held back-to-back in Butler the week of September 16.

Due to the overwhelming demand of our F1 Seminars in Butler, we have added an additional F1 Seminar June 13-16.

To learn more about all of our Open Enrollment or Private In-Plant Training Seminars or to register visit our Training Seminar Schedule or Training Catalogue for a full listing of all of our seminar locations and dates.
American Glass Research
603 Evans City Road, Butler, PA 16001
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