AGR Announces New Pharmaceutical Webinar

We are pleased to announce we will be conducting our third live webinar, “Spotlight on: Pharmaceutical Glass Flaws” on October 20.  AGR has been conducting live in-person training to the glass manufacturing industry and glass container fillers worldwide for over 60 years.  In response to the COVID pandemic and heightened health safety considerations, AGR has constructed a dedicated studio for the production of live webinars and self- paced e-seminar modules.  

This new, 2.5-hour 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 one 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.

Visit our e-seminar site to see our video trailer, to learn more or to register 

CONTACT US If you have any questions.


We are pleased to announce our “Sand to Shelf: Essentials of Glass Containers” webinar, a six-session course offering a comprehensive overview of what you need to know about glass containers, covering the highlights of glass as a material, container manufacturing, filling, testing, design, and fracture analysis.

Attendees will gain an appreciation for glass as a material and how it can be used to manufacture high quality glass containers, avoid defects and analyze breakage.

Topics to be covered:

•    What is glass?

•    Overview of glass container manufacturing

•    Loads experienced during a container’s life cycle

•    How container design affects performance

•    Glass strength

•    Container manufacturing flaws

•    Glass container testing and evaluation

•    Basics of fracture analysis

The Six session course begins Tuesday September 1 and will being conducted on each Tuesday and Thursday for three weeks. Each session is approximately 2 hours pending live questions and answers.

Dates are:

Sessions 1 and 2: Tuesday Sept 1 and Thursday Sept 3

Sessions 3 and 4: Tuesday Sept 8 and Thursday Sept 10

Sessions 5 and 6: Tuesday Sept 15 and Thursday Sept 17

All sessions begin at 9:00 AM EDT/13:00 GMT.

The webinar will be conducted live by Bill Slusser, AGR Director of Research, and Dr. Brandon Aldinger, AGR Senior Scientist.

All six sessions will be recorded and will be available for future viewing.

Cost for all six sessions is $650 USD.

Register HERE.

Q1 e-Newsletter just released

Did you know the founder of AGR, Dr. Frank Preston, was a prolific inventor? He had at least 60 patent ideas in a wide range of fields. Visti our Library to read more in our just released Q1 e-Newsletter. 

Q4 e-Newsletter announces 2020 Training Schedule

The just released Q4 e-Newsletter announces the 2020 Worldwide Open Enrollment Training Schedule is now available for registrations.  Also the new “Color Atlas of Glass Container Defects” book has been republished and is available to order.

The Q4 e-Newsletter also includes interesting features on old glass turning purple and the elastic properties of glass. Download it from our library HERE.