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80th GPC

80th Conference on Glass Problems (GPC)

Hosted October 28-31, 2019 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The 80th Conference on Glass Problems is the largest glass manufacturing conference in North America, attracting glass manufacturers and suppliers worldwide to exchange innovations and solutions. The conference provides 35 hours of technical education through expert lectures, panel discussions, and focused courses on topics, including glass melting, refractories, process control, emissions, and raw materials.

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Sustainability in Glass Manufacturing

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A symposium organized by:The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council

Glass manufacturing furnaces are typically the most valuable assets in a glass plant. In today’s world, we are faced with higher demands for furnaces to be more flexible and to yield superior glass quality, while operating at ever increasing cullet percentages and production pull rates. A high level of attention and maintenance is required to provide asset durability, control cost and an optimized lifetime without sacrificing glass quality and energy efficiency.

Sustainability has many definitions, typically with at least three main aspects, Environmental, Economic, and Social/Cultural. This symposium will concentrate on sustainable glass manufacturing, defining “sustainable” as:  Available [Batch Materials, Energy], Affordable [Business Economics], Compatible [With Process], and Safe for the environment, for manufacturing, and for the use of the products.

Sessions: The Sustainability in Glass Manufacturing symposium will have four sessions, Environment, Energy, Technology, and Process.

Audience: Glass Manufacturers, Refractory and Equipment Suppliers, Raw Material and Energy Suppliers, Design Engineers, Process Engineers, Academics, and Glass Researchers, Technology, Process Design, Analysis, and Improvement.

Objectives:  The participants should come away from the symposium with knowledge of the current state of glass manufacturing technology and both the ongoing and anticipated developmental efforts to improve the sustainability of glass manufacturing.



Fundamentals of Batch and Furance Operations

This course is an introduction to the principles of commercial glass production employed in Batch & Furnace Operations by US Glass Producers, Raw Materials, Glass Technology & Properties, Melting Furnaces and Environmental Issues will also be touched upon.

Suggested attendees could be vendors or newer individuals to glass manufacturing seeking an introduction to the issues faced in glass production.

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Refractory Solution for Sodalime Glass Manufacturing

This training session will focused on process and product ( both fused cast and sintered ) for sodalime glass furnace ( containers and flat glass) .After presenting the main process characteristics , we will describe product family , properties and their application inside glass furnace .  We will also discuss the challenges for regenerators refractory material in term of thermal performances and corrosion.

The training session could be divided in 3 parts:

  • Fused cast process and product for sodalime application 2h
  • Sintered process and product for sodalime application  1H30
  • Refractory solution for glass furnace regenerators 1h30

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The Glass Problems Conference

Hosted November 5-8, 2019 the 79th Conference on Glass Problems takes place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The Usable Glass Strength Coalition

Sustainability is a key strategic objective of industrial organizations. A fundamentally stronger usable glass would revolutionize the efficiencies of glass production and uses.

Glass Manufacturing Industry Report

A detailed and comprehensive reference source for intelligence on the glass manufacturing industry produced by the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council.