AGR certifies seven new "AGR Certified Fracture Diagnosticians"

We would like to congratulates the first, ever, group of “ AGR Certified Fracture Diagnosticians”. They successfully completed the 4 day seminar that included both written and practical examinations. The course was held in Munich, Germany and provided an in-depth look into key issues related to breakage. Let's raise a glass to this seminal group aka: "The Certified Seven".  The next Certification Seminar will be held in Krakow, Poland September 19-22 followed by Butler, PA, USA November 28 – December 1. Visit our Training Catalogue to learn more about this Certification or to register.

New White Paper published in Glass Worldwide

The White Paper entitled “Effect of Coatings on adhesion of labels” was just published in the current issue of Glass Worldwide Magazine.
Hot end and cold end coatings are necessary to assure that non-refillable glass containers will move properly through high speed filling lines and to assure that the surface of these containers are adequately protected from becoming damaged during sliding contact. When these coatings are improperly applied, performance problems of the coated containers can be observed. One such problem is the lack of adhesion of paper labels when using common glues.

In this White Paper, Gary Smay summarizes the results of studies to determine the effect of tin oxide and polyethylene coatings on label adhesion when using casein-type glue. Visit our White Paper Library to read this "Effect of coatings on adhesions of labels" White Paper.

First New Certification Seminar begins in Munich Feb 28, 2017

The first "Fracture Diagnostician Certification" Seminar gets underway in Munich, Germany Feb. 28. The critical focus of this seminar is on workshops using advanced fracture analysis techniques. Successful completion will earn AGR Certification. This Open Enrollment Seminar will be offered on our Butler, PA, USA campus March 28-32 and in Krakow, Poland September 19-22. Want to learn more or register? Visit our Seminar Catalogue:

Bill Slusser promoted to Director at AGR

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.