78th Conference on Glass Problems (GPC) including Advances in Fusion and Processing of Glass Symposium (AFPG)

Registration now open!

Sunday, November 5, 2017


6:00 p.m. GPC Advisory Board Dinner

Monday, November 6, 2017

12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Student Plant Tour to Owens Corning

SHORT COURSES (Additional Registration Required)

Fundamentals of Batch and Furnace Operations

Monday, November 6, 2017 | 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: C. Philip Ross, President, Glass Industry Consulting International (GICI)

Description: 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.

Exploring the Changing Safety Landscape of Silica, Hexavalent Chromium, and Confined Space in the Glass Industry

Monday, November 6, 2017 | 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Dragan Savic, Vice President of Glass Technology and Safety Staff Augmentation, SCT

Description: SCT Vice President Dragan Savic, a leader in the safety industry, will delve into the changes in OSHA standards and guidelines for crystalline silica, hexavalent chromium, and confined space, all of which are/can be critical hazards for those working in the glass industry.

Fundamentals of Glass Melting Control Systems

Monday, November 6, 2017 | 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Dale Gaerke, Senior Member, The International Society of Automation (ISA), Retired Director of R&D Controls and Electrical Engineering for Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Description: The course is an introduction and general overview of the control system features and adjustments typically employed in regenerative glass melters by US glass producers. Focus will be on control system settings for regenerative gas fired melters with time for in depth open discussion and questions. This can also include discussion of oil fired and oxy/gas fired melter issues. Suggested attendees are newer individuals to glass melting control systems and their operational adjustments.

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Student Meeting
5:00 – 11:00 p.m. Hospitality Suites

Tuesday, November 7, 2017



8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Exhibiting

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.        

Opening Remarks

Robert Weisenburger Lipetz, GPC Conference Director, Executive Director, Glass Manufacturing Industry Council

S. K. Sundaram, PhD, Program Director, The New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.        

Key Note Address

David Pye, PhD, Professor of Glass Science (Emeritus), Past President, American Ceramic Society, Alfred University – Glass Age

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.        

Technical Session: Plenary

Session Chairs: S. K. Sundaram, PhD, Program Director, Inamori Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Alfred University and Robert Weisenburger Lipetz, GPC Conference Director, Executive Director, Glass Manufacturing Industry Council

9:30–10:00 a.m. – Tom Cleary, Research Manager – Reliability Sciences, Corning Inc. – TBD

10:00–10:30 a.m. – Paul Woskov, Senior Research Engineer, Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – GyrotronBased Melting

10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Break and Exhibiting

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.        

Technical Session: Plenary

Session Chairs: Robert Weisenburger Lipetz, Conference Director, Glass Manufacturing Industries Council, and S.K. Sundaram, PhD, Inamori Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Alfred University

11:00–11:30 a.m. – Mark Zupan, PhD, President, Alfred University – Glass Education, History, and Alfred University

11:30–12:00 Noon – Reinhard Conradt, PhD, Chair of Glass and Ceramic Composites, Aachen University, Germany – TBD

12:00 p.m.–12:30  – Erik Muijsenberg, PhD, Vice President, Glass Service – How the Industrial Revolution 4.0 will Impact the Glass Industry

12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Exhibiting

2:00 – 4:30 p.m.              


Session Chairs: Adam Polcyn, Senior Research Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass; James Uhlik, Director of Technical Services, Toledo Engineering Co., Inc.; and Michelle Korwin-Edson, Senior Scientist, Owens Corning

2:00–2:30 p.m. – Oscar Verheijen, PhD, Senior Consultant, CelSian Glass & Solar BV – Optimization of Regenerator Design

2:30–3:00 p.m. – Ing. Martina Jezikova, Laboratory Engineer, Glass Service, Inc. – Glass Defects Identification Using a Mass Spectrometer SEM-EDX Microanalysis and HTO Analysis

3:00–3:30 p.m. – Wolf Kuhn, Senior Process & Development Expert, Five Stein – A New Measurement Device for the Temperature Ribbon Zones in Tin Bath and Lehrs

3:30–4:00 p.m. – Dipl., Ing. Chirstoph Jatzwauk, Chief Operating Officer, HORN Glass Industries AG – Furnace Design for Extended Furnace Life

4:00–4:30 p.m. – Mark Bennett, Glass Sector Manager, AMETEK Land – Use of Continuous Infrared Temperature Image to Optimize Furnace Operations

2:00 – 4:30 P.M.              


Session Chairs: S.K. Sundaram, PhD, Program Director, Inamori Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Alfred University and Katherine Rossington, Business Technology Director, Corning Inc.

2:00–2:30 p.m. – Dennis J. O’Shaughnessy, Director, Glass Science & Technology, Vitro Glass Center – TBD

2:30–3:00 p.m. – Noriyuki Yoshida, Evaluation Technology Department, Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd. – Impact of Dissolved Water on Firing Behavior

3:00–3:30 p.m. – Richard Pokorny, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague – Mathematical Modeling of a Cold Cap During Vitrification of Nuclear Waste Glass

3:30–4:00 p.m. – Al Faber, Senior Scientist, Celsian Glass & Solar BV – Experiments and Modelling to Understand the Crystallization Behavior of Glass Ceramics

4:00–4:30 p.m. – W. McCamy, Senior Scientist, Vitro Architectural Glass – Modification of the Glass Surface during Manufacturing

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Exhibiting
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free Time
7:30 to 11:00 p.m. Hospitality Suites

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Exhibiting

9:00 to 10:00 a.m.              

Technical Session: GPC – Refractories and Testing

Session Chairs: Laura Lowe, Sales Representative, HarbisonWalker International; Larry McCloskey, Consultant, Anchor Hocking and Andrew Zamurs, Industry & Marketing Analyst, Rio Tinto Minerals

9:00–9:30 a.m. – Daniel Swiler, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Owens-Illinois, Inc. – Acceptance Test of Fused Cast AZS Sidewall Blocks Using Ground Penetrating Radar

9:30–10:00 a.m. – Yakup Bayram, PhD, CEO & Chief Technology Officer, Panera Tech Inc. – New Industry Standard in Furnace Inspection

9:00 TO 10:00 A.M.              


Session Chair:  Hong Li, PhD, Sr. Staff Scientist, PPG Industries, Inc.

9:00–9:30 a.m. – Hong Li, PhD, Sr. Staff Scientist, PPG Industries, Inc. – New Fiber Glass Technology – Energy and Environmental Friendly Manufacturing

9:30–10:00 a.m. – Qun Zu, Senior Engineer, Nanjing Fiberglass R&D Institute Sinoma Science & Technology Co., Inc. – Composition Effects on Properties of High Strength and High Modulus Fiber Glasses

10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Exhibiting

10:30 a.m.–12:00 Noon    

Technical Session: GPC – Combustion

Session Chairs: Glenn Neff, Vice President Glass Service USA, Inc.; and Uyi Iyoha, PhD, Business Development Manager, Praxair, Inc.

10:30–11:00 a.m. – Marco van Valburg, Strategic Program Director, Libbey, Inc. – Design and Implementation of OPTIMELT™ Heat Recovery for an Oxy – Fuel Furnace at Libbey Leerdam

11:00–11:30 a.m. – William Horan, PE, Lead Engineer, Commercial Technology, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. – Maintaining Full Production in Furnaces with Failing Regeneration Using Oxy-Fuel Combustion

11:30 a.m.–12:00 Noon – Sarah Juma, PhD, R&D Engineer Combustion, Air Liquide – Heat-Oxy-Combustion Bi-Fuel Burner – Heavy Fuel Oil Trials

10:30 A.M.–12:00 NOON    

TECHNICAL SESSION: AFPG – Glass Strengthening

Session Chair: Hong Li, PhD, Sr. Staff Scientist, PPG Industries, Inc.

10:30–11:00 a.m. – Arun Varshneya, President, Saxon Glass Technologies – Warp Reduction in Thin Chemically Strengthened Float Glasses

11:00–11:30 a.m. – William LaCourse, Kruson Distinguished Professor of Glass Science, Alfred University – Design of SLS Compositions for Accelerated Chemical Strengthening

11:30 a.m.–12:00 Noon – Brian Coburn, Research Scientist, Owens-Illinois, Inc. – GC/FID/TCD to Analyze Entrapped Gas in Foamy Glass

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Exhibiting

1:30 to 4:00 p.m.              

Technical Session: GPC – Environmental and Safety

Session Chairs: Phil Tucker, Senior Research Engineer, Johns Manville and Elmer Sperry, Technical Leader Batch & Furnace Design, Libbey, Inc.

1:30–2:00 p.m. – Weijian Chen, Batch and Furnace Engineer, Libbey Glass – Glass Furnace Catalytic Ceramic Filter, Installation and Operational Experience

2:00–2:30 p.m. – Gerald Hunt, Flue Gas Treatment Specialist, Lhoist North America – Operational Considerations and Lessons Learned for Dry Sorbent Injection Systems

2:30–3:00 p.m. – Greg Bedford, Application Technology Manager, Unimin Corporation – Glassil DustShield: A Materials Engineering Solution to Meet OSHA’s New Respirable Silica Regulations

3:00–3:30 p.m. – John Keaser, Applications Engineer, RoboVent – Deadly Dust: Reducing the Risks of Silica Dust in Glass Working Operations

1:30 to 4:00 p.m.              

Technical Session: AFPG – Melting and Characterization

Session Chair:  Irene Peterson, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Corning Inc.

1:30–2:00 p.m. – William Carty, Professor of Ceramic Engineering and Ceramic Engineering/Glass Engineering Science Program Chair – TBD

2:00–2:30 p.m. – Irene Peterson, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Corning Inc. – In-situ Measurement of Reactions in a Glass-Forming Batch by Neutron Diffraction

2:30–3:00 p.m. – Takeshi Saito, Researcher, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Co. – Novel Oxygen-Enriched Combustion Burner Using Self-Induced Oscillating Phenomenon

3:00–3:30 p.m. – Pierre Florian, CEMHTI – CNRS Univ. Orléans – Aluminium Local Structure and Dynamics in Refractory Melts: An In-situ High-Temperature 271Al Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Point of View

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. GMIC Member Meeting
5:00 – 9:30 p.m. Exhibiting Breakdown

Thursday, November 9, 2017


GMIC SYMPOSIUM  (Additional Registration Required)

Reducing Construction, Rebuild, and Hot Repair Times for Glass Manufacturing Furnaces

Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  | Hilton Columbus Downtown
Description: The Reducing Construction, Rebuild, and Hot Repair Times for Glass Manufacturing Furnaces symposium is focused on the latest technologies in the market to support significantly reducing the time to construct and rebuild furnaces.  It provides a forum for the audience to gain technical knowledge and exchange experiences with each other in support of streamlined project execution.

Audience:  Glass manufacturers, Glass equipment suppliers, Design Engineers, Engineering Service providers, refractory suppliers, and construction firms.

Objectives:  The participants should come away from the symposium with knowledge of developments in construction and rebuilding technologies for glass manufacturing furnaces.
7:55 – 8:00       Welcome – Robert Weisenburger Lipetz, Glass Manufacturing Industry Council


8:05 – 8:25       Cost and Time Effectiveness of Choosing a Project Management Turn Key Contractor – Doug Burgoon, TECO

8:25 – 8:30       Q&A

8:30 – 8:55       Best Practices – PMP – Kim Hershey, O-I

8:55 – 9:00       Q&A

9:00 – 9:25       Advantages and Cost Avoidance using a Design Build Project Management Approach – Brian J. Naveken, Toledo Engineering Company

9:25 – 9:30       Q&A

9:30 – 9:55       Staging and Material Flow and Proper Counting – Michael Smith, Lilja Corp.

9:55 – 10:00    Q&A

10:00 – 10:30  BREAK


10:30 – 10:55  Ways to Reduce the Installation Time for Mechanical and Electrical Systems – Fred Aker, SORG

10:55 – 11:00  Q&A

11:00 – 11:25  Saving Time in Process Control Installation – Keith Bagarus, RoviSys

10:25 – 11:30  Q&A

11:30 – 11:55  Coordinating Schedules to Check-out Systems – Dan Base, EAE Tech

11:55 – 12:00  Q&A

12:00 – 1:00    LUNCH


1:00 – 1:55       Safety Concerns Silica Dust, Refractory Removal, Hex Chrome, Heavy Metals, Permitting, Safety on Hot Repairs – Dragan Savik, Safety Controls Technology Corporation

1:55 – 2:00       Q&A


2:00 – 2:25       Shortening the Rebuild: When and Where Castables are Appropriate – Bryn Snow and Laura Lowe, HarbisonWalker International

2:25 – 2:30       Q&A

2:30 – 2:55       Hot Repairs and Reduced Rebuild Times-incorporating Lift Bolts Detection – Greg Canute, SSRCO

2:55 – 3:00       Q&A

3:00 – 3:30       BREAK

3:30 – 3:55       Engineering Using 3D Design & Clash Detection – Thomas M. Maheady, Borton-Lawson

3:55 – 4:00       Q&A


4:00 – 4:25       Rapid Furnace Cool Down – Optimizing Furnace Draining – Demetrius Rankin, Hotwork

4:25 – 4:30       Q&A

4:30 – 4:55       Hot Repair – Speaker Name, Fosbel.

4:55 – 5:00       Q&A

5:00 – 5:05       CONCLUDING REMARKS – Steven Weiser, O-I, Inc.

5:05                  SYMPOSIUM ENDS