Spotlight on: Pharmaceutical Glass Flaws

American Glass Research (AGR) will be conducting its 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.

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.

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Dates of Live Webinars

The webinar starts at 9:00am EDT/13:00 GMT/15:00 CET and is about 2.5 hour long.

  • Tuesday October 20

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

Webinar Instructor

Senior Scientist

Brandon Aldinger

Brandon joined American Glass Research in 2015, where his areas of responsibility include fracture diagnosis, stone identification, pharmaceutical services, and internal research. He has published multiple technical papers on the optical and mechanical testing of laminated glass systems and on the surface chemistry of silicon. Brandon obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at Penn State University and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Cornell University. Previously, he spent five years as the Materials Scientist at Ibis Tek, LLC, where he designed bullet-resistant glass products and supervised an ISO 17025-certified testing laboratory.

Course curriculum

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    Spotlight On: Pharmaceutical Glass Flaws

    • Pharmaceutical Glass Flaws

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