New European Testing Lab begins operations

AGR’s new European testing laboratory in Delft, Netherlands is now open to serve the glass manufacturing and beverage filling industries. At this moment, all modern analysis and testing equipment has been installed and is ready for use.

To learn more about this new testing lab, read the just released News Alert by clicking HERE.

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

At the recent drinktec trade show in Munich, Germany, Bill Slusser, AGR Director of Research, conducted a free Impact Seminar on understanding and establishing impact criteria for filling lines. 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. Want to learn more? Read the AGR’s Q4 e-Newsletter that was just distributed today.

Advanced Fracture Diagnosis

Last week AGR conducted the final F2: Advanced Fracture Diagnosis Training Seminar of the year on our Butler, PA campus. This four day seminar teaches participants the fracture diagnosis techniques required to solve complex glass breakage and other performance related problems.  The Seminar provides a basic review of concepts and then extends into more complex areas including hands-on workshop sessions that provide experience in solving actual breakage problems. The next F2 seminar will be offered in Munich, Germany March 6-9, 2018.  Click HERE to learn more or to register.

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Michael Kovac following a valiant battle with cancer. Mike joined American Glass Research in 1969. Over the course of his 42 year career he became a world renowned expert in fracture diagnosis and container testing. He had a unique talent for recognizing the underlying cause of the most difficult problems by taking fresh views of the situation, being creative in his thinking and considering all the details of the issue.  He authored multiple papers relating to glass container performance and failure analysis. He taught fracture and design seminars in more than 30 different countries and despite retirement in 2011 he remains, to this day, one of the most recognizable and beloved figures in the industry.

He will be missed by his colleagues for the kindness, patience and compassion he showed everyone. He was without peer in his ability to relate to his customers while solving their technical problems.

All those who met him were made richer by that encounter. We would be well served to honor his memory by striving to embody the best qualities of Mike Kovac in our daily interactions with one another. Certainly the world would be better for it.