Short Courses


Fundamentals of Batch and Furnace Operations

Monday October 31, 2022 | Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: C. Phillip Ross, President Glass Industry Consulting International (GICI)

Registration: GMIC Members $225 / Non-members $275 to register click here

The course is an introduction to the principles of commercial glass production employed in batch and furnace operations by U.S. glass producers.  Raw materials, glass technology and properties, melting furnaces, and environmental issues will all be touched upon.  Suggested attendees could be vendors or individuals new to glass manufacturing seeking and introduction to the issues faced in glass production.

Electrical Glass Melting – An Introduction

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

Members $225 / Non-members $275 to register click here

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

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