Watch our new podcast "Glass in Fire Prevention"

Check out our latest podcast, “Glass in Fire Prevention”, the third in our “AGR Breaks it Down” series.  The discussion focuses on the technology of glass bulbs in fire sprinkler heads. Watch or listen as Dominic Baker, our host, and Dr. Brandon Aldinger (Senior Scientist) delve into the history and science of these ubiquitous ceiling fixtures here. 


This second podcast, in our AGR BREAKS IT DOWN series, discusses the history of the Fracture seminars conducted by American Glass Research. The seminars originated from a litigation case in 1931 involving a soda bottle explosion, which bankrupted the Peerless Glass Company. The lack of standardized quality procedures and fracture diagnosis knowledge contributed to the case's outcome. In response, the Glass Container Association (GCA) approached Dr. Frank Preston, the founder of Preston Laboratories, to develop standardized testing procedures and educate the industry. Dr. Ghering, hired by Preston upon recommendation of  the GCA, conducted the first fracture seminar in 1939 with five high-level attendees each from a separate company. Many ASTM standards related to glass containers were influenced by Preston's and Ghering's work, and their procedures became industry standards. The podcast also mentions Preston's laboratory, Preston Park, and his affinity for nature. Watch the intriguing dialogue between your host, Dominic Baker and staff expert and Director of Research, Bill Slusser HERE.

New PODCAST Series Launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new PODCAST Series, "AGR Breaks it Down". Our first episode is now available.
It features an engaging discussion between your Host, Dominic Baker and Staff expert, Dr. Brandon Aldinger on batch materials used in glass manufacturing. Don't miss out on this fun and informative conversation! Watch it here

New SEM/EDS installed in Delft

We are pleased to announce the installation of a Class-leading, SEM in our Testing Laboratory in Delft, the Netherlands, with enhanced, rapid-scan EDS software.  It has magnification capability up to 300,000X and enables chemical compositional analysis of glass surfaces/substrates along with point analysis of materials or residues embedded on or within the glass.  Read our just released e-News Blast to learn more