Seminar Catalogue

Designed for production and staff actively involved with batch and furnace operations seeking to understand the technical basis of fundamental glass production.  Completion of AGR's basic Batch and Furnace course or two years experience in the Batch and Furnace area are recommended for attendees.  Current trends and best practices will be identified and discussed in an informal, interactive class environment.

This seminar is for both filling line and glass container-manufacturing personnel who are responsible for conducting or preparing audits of glass container-manufacturing plants.

This seminar is intended to introduce the participants to the fundamental principles of proper batch and furnace operation in order to obtain acceptable glass quality while limiting the occurrence of problems such as color variation, density, seeds, stones, cord, viscosity, thermal expansion and annealing.  Participants will also be exposed to the techniques employed to obtain critical physical property measurements as well as an explanation of how to interpret the generated data.

This seminar provides a complete explanation of the role of surface coatings in the maintenance of glass surface strength, their application in both the hot end and the cold end as well as solutions to the problems associated with the use of coatings.  In addition, the participant will be instructed in desired coating thickness levels and the techniques required to measure these thickness.

The objective of this seminar is to provide the participant with the capability to make critical decisions regarding the control of cord and annealing stress.  Extensive hands-on workshops will facilitate accurate cord and annealing evaluations and assure effective integration of the information into the manufacturing process.

Participants will learn key design principles necessary to achieve acceptable bottle performance. Skills are taught that can be used to evaluate finite element analysis (FEA) of new concept designs. In addition improvements in existing designs and techniques for lightweighting container will be covered.

The objective of this seminar is to teach students appropriate fracture diagnosis techniques that are needed to solve glass breakage and other performance related problems.

The objective of this seminar is to teach students the appropriate fracture diagnosis techniques that are required to solve complex glass breakage and other performance related problems.

Building on the popularity of our Basic and Advanced Testing and Fracture Diagnosis seminars, both of which are prerequisites, the seminar on Fractography of Container Glass will perfect your training as you become an AGR certified Fracture Diagnostician. The seminar will consist of advanced topics that will provide an in-depth look into key issues related to breakage. The critical focus will be on the practical workshops using advanced fracture analysis techniques and thoroughly detailing findings.

The training will culminate in a final exam in the form of workshop and theoretical problems that will fully assess your fracture analysis skills. Successful completion of the final assessment will earn AGR certification of your skills for solving complex glass container breakage issues.

Attendees will gain an appreciation for glass as a material and how it can be used to manufacture high quality glass containers and handle them appropriately in a filling line.

This seminar focuses on the identification of stones and how they can be quickly and accurately analyzed.  The various analytical techniques will be presented and studied with hands-on samples.  Examples of stones will be presented and discussed along with the steps that must be taken to correct the problem.

This course helps participants Develop an understanding of the characteristics of glass as a packaging material.  The course will introduce participants to techniques for the evaluation of flaw severity as well as how to distinguish between functional and cosmetic defects.