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American Glass Research
Volume 1 / Issue 1
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LATEST NEWS

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Welcome to the First Issue of the American Glass Research Newsletter

We are pleased to share with you relevant industry information and insights. We would welcome your reaction and comments to our first e-newsletter as we hope to open a dialogue with you, our subscribers. So please let us know what you think.

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Visit Our New Site!
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Visit Our Newly Redesigned Website

American Glass Research is proud to announce the launch of our new website with enhanced design and improved navigation that allows Glass Manufacturers, Fillers and the Pharmaceutical Industry easier access to information on our Testing, or Analytical services. The site also provides descriptions and schedules for all of our Glass Technology Training seminars.

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Visit Us at glasstecspacer
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Come and Join Us at glasstec!

American Glass Research will be at the glasstec International Trade Fair October 21-24 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Come by and meet with our experts in Hall 14 Stand C30. Contact us to set up an appointment.

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Conference on Glass Problemsspacer
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American Glass Research to Present at 75th Conference on Glass Problems

AGR will be presenting a paper entitled “Comparison of SEM/EDX Analysis to Petrographic Techniques for Identifying the Composition of Stones in Glass” at the 75th Conference on Glass Problems. AGR International CEO, Henry Dimmick Jr. will be presenting the paper that he co-authored along with Brian Collins and Gary Smay. The Conference will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, November 3-6th. AGR will also host an Exhibit Booth (Location 19) to answer questions regarding the analytical services we provide to the industry. Contact us to make an appointment!

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FEATURE STORY

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Lightweightingspacer
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Lightweighting

Don't

• Don't uniformly/globally remove glass; loading stresses vary by specific bottle region and glass removal must be strategically targeted.

• Don't heavily restrict the bottle dimensions; there must be sufficient flexibility to allow for adjustments of volume/capacity values.

• Don't make the design overly complex and intricate; more cosmetic features equates to fewer opportunities for lightweighting.

• Don't ignore the importance of using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to guide the lightweighting process; removal of glass without knowledge can result in either missed opportunity or unacceptable performance degradation.
 

Do
• Do think outside the current boundaries and specification limitations for glass container designs.

• Do understand that lightweighting glass containers should also include the optimization of filling lines.

• Do combine the use of modern Hot End process control equipment with sound GMPs to achieve the best results.

• Do develop a partnership between the glass manufacturer and the filler to ensure acceptance and success.

• Do lightweight first — initiating the process on a new design, prior to first manufacture saves time and money.

If you need help at any stage of Lightweighting, we can assist with our Comprehensive Container Development process.

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ASK OUR EXPERTS

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Ask Our Expertsspacer
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Question:

Will the addition of 14 grams (0.5 ounces) of glass to our bottles prevent the breakage we are observing in the filling line?

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Ask Our Expertsspacer
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Answer:

Unlikely. Simply adding glass to the container is unlikely to be beneficial.  In the absence of a complete fracture analysis, the cause of the problem has not been adequately determined. The possible causes of the problem are varied and include potential issues such as poor glass distribution, improper handling, excessive load application, glass manufacturing flaws or poor bottle design. Additionally, without the proper identification of the fracture origin, the targeted area to place the additional glass would remain unknown. While thin glass is a potential problem in a limited number of cases, arbitrarily adding glass to a bottle without an understanding of the glass weight necessary to achieve the desired performance is unlikely to improve performance. In fact, the addition of glass has even been shown to result in unintended problems in certain cases.

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DID YOU KNOW?

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Did You Know?spacer
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The Strength of Glass is Not a Material Property

As opposed to other materials, such as metals or plastics the strength of glass is not determined by its composition but by the presence and severity of irregularities on the glass surface. The size of these irregularities might range from microscopic to clearly visible with the naked eye. Some of these irregularities are created during the manufacturing process, while others may be the result of handling during subsequent processes. The key to preserving the strength of a glass container is to achieve a balance between good manufacturing procedures, proper surface treatments and a smooth filling process.

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TRAINING SCHOOL SCHEDULE

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Training School Schedulespacer
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2014 Training Session Seats Still Available

Topics covered will include Testing and Fracture Diagnosis of Glass Bottles, Glass Container Technology and so much more. Don’t miss your chance to sign up for a seminar or request a customized seminar at your location.

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American Glass Research
603 Evans City Road, Butler, PA 16001
Tel: +1 (724) 482-2163
agresearch@agrintl.com

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