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Volume 3 / Issue 5

All of us at AGR would like to wish you and your families all the best this holiday season. 

We hope the New Year brings you good health and prosperity and opportunities for us to work together once again.  We also want to thank you for your trust in American Glass Research and for continually allowing us to assist you with your glass issues, ranging from the initial bottle design, to raw materials, to production and to the filling line and beyond.

Additionally, we listened to you and we are implementing some key changes in our Training Programs for 2017 that will enhance your learning experience while providing more cost effective ways to ensure you receive the training you need. Those changes include:
  • Increased offerings of our most popular seminars
  • Pairing relevant seminars within the same week
  • Introducing Fracture Diagnostician Certification training
  • Providing customer driven Private/In-Plant Seminar customization (see below)
CONTACT US if you have any glass issues and visit our TRAINING section to learn more, register or to schedule Private/In-Plant Training.
Bill Slusser Promoted to Director at American Glass Research

Agr International is proud to announce the promotion of William Slusser to the position of “Director of Research” at American Glass Research.  Bill’s career and reputation with American Glass Research (AGR) are now 17 years in the making.  Most recently, he lead the strong growth of the company through the expansion of portfolio services, the targeting of geographic development, and the introduction of new and improved educational seminars, now offered more often, and in more places around the world than ever before.
In addition to his Strategic & Management responsibilities, Bill also maintains his technical expertise in fracture diagnosis, performance testing and bottle design analysis through everyday Testing & Consulting Projects, and as a Master-Level Seminar Instructor, having presented over 200 times in more than 20 countries.
“While Bill certainly made strong contributions to AGR during his years as a Project Leader and then as Manager, his greatest strength has been his willingness to pursue a vision, and his drive to successfully manage the reshaping of American Glass Research for the modern era.”, said Henry Dimmick, CEO of Agr International.

CONTACT US if you would like to leave Bill a message.
Second Printing of Stone Atlas required

Due to the strong demand for our recently released “Color Atlas of Stones In Glass” book, we have launched  a second printing . The book contains 39 stone descriptions and is beautifully rendered with more than 300, original, color images.  The book is available for purchase directly through AGR or through Amazon. 

Click HERE for more information or to order.

Final White Paper in series published

The third and final White Paper entitled “FEA performance comparisons of NNPB and BB refillable bottles” summarizes our research findings regarding the use of NNPB technology for returnable containers and whether or not it is a viable option.

This paper was published in the current issue of Glass Worldwide Magazine. 

Click HERE to download from our Library.
AGR modifies 2017 In-Plant Training Seminars for greater flexibility and reduced cost

Starting in 2017 AGR will offer customized Private/In-Plant Training Seminars that bundle multiple seminar topics into one. Complete back-to-back seminars or à la carte modular customization is available. 

This approach allows customers to combine the seminars and topics most appropriate for their operations.

This combined, customized approach will save customers time and money. CONTACT US to learn more or to set up a customized In-Plant Seminar.

Q: I just received the FEA Design Analysis of our new bottle through AGR and want to know if there is a next step to assure the success of our product through manufacture, filling and consumer use?

A: Yes, to ensure the success of your package we recommend Proof of Design Performance Testing. While the test package can be customized, it most often includes:
        * Internal Pressure                                  * Cord and Annealing
        * Shoulder and Heel Impact                   * Surface Protection Evaluation
        * Vertical Load                                        * Detailed Thickness Measurements
        * Thermal Shock                                     * Key Dimensional Measurements                  

Visit our website to learn more about our Proof of Design Performance Testing. We also conduct glass Manufacturing Audits as well as Filling Line audits to identify actual or potential damage areas.  CONTACT US if you would like to talk with someone about successfully introducing your new bottle design to the market.

DID YOU KNOW… that this type of deposit, known as weathering or bloom can occur on the insider or outside of a glass container? 

Don’t let the pretty wreath-like appearance deceive you.  The weathering process involves an ion exchange between the mobile ions in the glass and condensed water molecules from the surrounding atmosphere. Initially, hydroxides of alkali and alkaline earth elements form at the surface.  This would include sodium and calcium in the hydroxide form.  These hydroxides then react with carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to form carbonates.  These carbonates, which occur as discrete particles of crystalline growth on the surface of the glass, scatter light and give the glass a hazy appearance. 


If you need our expert analysis regarding potential weathering or damage to your glass containers, send us your samples for along with this FORM.

in 2017 AGR will continue to offer Open Enrollment Training Seminars across the globe

The year starts off in Bangkok, Thailand in January followed by Munich, Germany in March which includes the New Fracture Diagnostician Certification Seminar. Q2 hosts 6 seminars on our Butler, PA campus starting in April along with Montecchio Emilia, Italy in May. 

The second half returns to Munich in September along with Krakow, Poland and on our Butler campus in September, October and November.
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
Tel: +1 (724) 482-2163
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