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Everything you need to know about glass packaging

An eight part E-seminar 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. A certificate will be issued on completion to prove your knowledge.

Interested in the course but still not certain? We offer three full, uncut modules as a free preview.

In order to complete the course and obtain your certificate, you will need 100% completion of all course material. That includes viewing at least 75% of each video module, pass (60%) the final quiz, and take the AGR survey. You will have 90 days to complete the course.

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Course curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Part 1: What is Glass?

    • What is Glass?

    • Part 1 Quiz

  • 3

    Part 2: Manufacturing Overview

    • Raw Materials & Color

    • Furnace & Melting

    • Forming

    • Hot End

    • Cold End

    • Part 2 Quiz

  • 4

    Part 3: Loads and Stresses

  • 5

    Part 4: Design Changes

  • 6

    Part 5: Glass Strength

  • 7

    Part 6: Glass Container Testing

    • Glass Quality

    • Container Performance

    • Bottle Attributes

    • Part 6 Quiz

  • 8

    Part 7: Fracture Analysis

    • Fracture Patterns

    • Analysis Techniques & Tools

    • Breaking Stress & Root Cause

    • Part 7 Quiz

  • 9

    Part 8: Final Quiz

    • Final Summary Quiz

    • AGR Survey

Webinar Instructors

AGR Director of Research

Bill Slusser

Bill has been with American Glass Research since 1998 following 8 years as a Research Engineer with Harbison-Walker Refractories. His principle areas of responsibility include operational management of the testing laboratory. This includes project scheduling, laboratory equipment and workforce performance and coordination of customer communications. In addition, his background includes expertise in qualification and proof-of-design testing projects as well as fracture diagnosis. He is a principal instructor for the fracture seminars, design seminars and pharmaceutical seminars. He has been issued a U.S. Patent and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University.

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.

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