83rd Conference on Glass Problems

Held October 31, 2022 – November 3, 2022 Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio

The 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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GMIC & EPA Energy Star Joint Symposium on Energy Decarbonization in Glass Manufacturing

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A symposium organized by: The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council and EPA Energy Star

Thursday November 3, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Description: Government mandates and customer green initiatives drive glass manufacturers to explore more effective means to reduce carbon use, while extending furnace campaigns, and keeping production efficient.  It’s critical that manufacturers have full knowledge of current innovations and trends in decarbonization in glass manufacturing.  This symposium, co-organized by the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council and the U.S. EPA Energy Star, is presented by leading experts in this field who provide a detailed examination of carbon reduction drivers, as well as current and future carbon reduction technologies invaluable to efficient sustainable glass manufacturing. 
Sessions: The Decarbonization in Glass Manufacturing symposium will have 4 sessions: Carbon Reduction Drivers and Economics, Current and future availability of energy, Current Technologies for carbon reduction, and Future Technologies in melting for net zero. 
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 drivers, technology options, and future trends in decarbonization in glass manufacturing.

Advanced Fundamentals of Batch And Furnace Operations

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Monday, October 31, 2022 | 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

Instructor: C. Philip Ross, President, Glass Industry Consulting International (GICI)
The 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 all be touched upon. Suggested attendees could be vendors or newer individuals to glass manufacturing seeking an introduction to the issues faced in glass production.1

Electrical Glass Melting – An Introduction

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Monday, October 31, 2022 | 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM

Instructor: René Meuleman, Business Development Director and Corinne Claireaux, PhD, Glass Scientist, Academy Manager | CelSian

Electricity will play a major role in the ongoing energy transition to reduce CO2 emissions. Although electric melting of glass is an old technology, many aspects have to be considered to create an efficient system that is suitable for each specific glass production. This crash course focuses on supply and hardware, from the electrical grid down to the electrodes and beyond, to provide you with a pragmatic level of understanding of the whole system. We will start from the very basics of electrical energy to make sure that all who are interested can participate. The course will be a summary of our frequently running “Electric systems for glass melting training course” but we will still try to give you sufficient food for thoughts in case you are considering installing electrical furnace boosting systems or if you intend to potentially increase your electrical melting power.

As time will be limited, we will briefly discuss:

  • Purpose of electrical boosting, from sustainability to flexibility
  • Heat transfer to the glass: efficiency of electricity vs combustion
  • Selecting the correct type of transformer
  • Cables or busbar
  • Electrode material, types, holder, and cooling systems
  • Melting zone, barrier and throat boosting
  • How to choose the proper electrical system for your specific application
  • Transformers to the choice of the electrode current density and control system consideration