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Volume 7 / Issue 4
The AGR Testing Laboratory in Delft, The Netherlands, hosted its' first in-person Private Training Seminar
AGR Senior Scientists Peter de Haan and Dr. Clarissa de Lima conducted “Fracture 1: Testing and Breakage Diagnosis of Glass Containers” for a major worldwide glass producer.
To assure the health of the participants and our instructors, social distancing followed the requirements of the Dutch authorities. There was 1.5m separation between tables (also during lunch) and workshops. This limited the maximum capacity to five people. Frequent sanitization was conducted and we had sanitizers set up throughout the facility. 
The objective of this private training seminar was to provide appropriate fracture diagnosis techniques that are needed to solve glass breakage and other performance related problems. Hands-on workshops to solve breakage problems were also included.

Some of the topics presented were General Principles of Fracture Diagnosis, Interpretation of Surface Markings, Factors Affecting Strength, Identifying Stress Concentrator Types and Understanding Fracture Patterns.
Visit our Seminar Training Catalogue for our complete seminar offerings. Smaller customized Private Training Seminars are also available at our Delft Laboratory at a proportional cost. Contact Us to discuss your specific needs.
AGR Announces New Pharmaceutical Glass Flaws Webinar

We are pleased to announce we will be conducting our third live webinar, “Spotlight on: Pharmaceutical Glass Flaws” on Tuesday, October 20. 

This new training webinar covers the visual identification of flaws in pharmaceutical glass containers, specifically flaws in molded and tubing pharmaceutical glass containers 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 provide attendees representative examples of each flaw.

The webinar also includes a discussion of flaw severity categories (critical, major, minor or cosmetic) and a brief overview of pharma glass manufacturing processes. Trainees will also be provided with crucial information for corrective actions.

Topics to be Covered:

  • Identification, effects, and sources for over 40 flaws
  •  Lexicon of flaws in pharma glass
  • Overview of PDA TR 43
  • Flaw severity classification
  • Introduction to vial manufacturing processes
  • Covers both tubing and molded containers

The webinar is a 2.5-hour live presentation (with an intermission) and will be conducted by Dr. Brandon Aldinger. The webinar will be recorded and attendees can replay the presentation at their convenience.  The live broadcast will be conducted at 9:00 EDT/13:00 GMT/15:00 CET.  The cost is $265 per person.

See our video trailer and visit our e-seminar site to learn more or to register. 

CONTACT US If you have any questions

Our Experts were asked…
Q: Why do I hear so much about finding the origin in broken glass and how can it be done with a pile of broken glass pieces?
A: By locating the origin, it is possible to determine the type of flaw and measure the amount of stress placed on the bottle that caused the breakage. Expert Fracture Diagnosis techniques including reassembly and microscopy are applied to the broken glass container to identify the type of load, provide root cause analysis and help to prevent future breakage. When glass breaks, it follows characteristic patterns and leaves valuable information as to exactly how and why it broke. 

Contact Us if you would like to learn more about Fracture Diagnosis or if you need assistance in determining the cause of your breakage.
AGR In-Person, Private and Webinar Training Seminars Update 

AGR continues to actively monitor the current conditions of the Pandemic as it relates to our seminars. We are working diligently to provide our customers with the valuable training they need while protecting the health of all involved. 

We have developed and presented two live webinars and are in the process of developing the next two.

Our fourth webinar, "Spotlight On: Concept Design" will be conducted prior to yearend. More details will be available soon.  We are also developing a multi-session  "Container Design Evaluation and Lightweighting" webinar which will be conducted in early 2021.

We are planning our 2021 in-person training schedule and will finalize specific seminars, dates and locations in the immediate future.

To learn more about the content of all of our seminars, visit our Seminar Catalogue .  Contact Us if you would like to discuss Private Customized Training.
American Glass Research
603 Evans City Road, Butler, PA 16001
Tel: +1 (724) 482-2163
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