83rd GPC Program Schedule


Sunday, October 30, 2022

6:00 p.m.      GPC Advisory Board Dinner



Advanced Fundamentals of Batch and Furnace Operations

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.

Electrical Glass Melting – An Introduction

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

Instructor: Sjoerd Stelwagen, Sr. Project Manager Glass Technology & Equipment | CelSian

Electricity will play a major role in the ongoing energy transition to reduce CO2 emissions. Although electrical 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 electric melting in general, from the electrical grid down to the electrodes and into the melter. 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”, and we will give you sufficient food for thought in case you are considering installing a full electric furnace or if you intend to potentially increase your electrical melting power.

During this short course, we will discuss:

  • Purpose of electrical boosting, from sustainability to flexibility
  • Heat transfer to the glass: efficiency of electricity vs combustion
  • Electrode material, types, holder, and cooling systems
  • Electrode positioning
  • Various types of boosting
  • How to choose the proper electrical system for your specific application

12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m.              EXHIBITOR AND HOST SET UP

5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.                HOSPITALITY SUITES

83rd GPC Sessions

Tuesday, November 1, 2022


8:00 a.m. — 8:45 a.m.       EXHIBITING

8:45 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.       OPENING REMARKS: PLENARY SESSION

Bob Lipetz, MBA, Conference Director, Glass Manufacturing Industry Council and

  1. K. Sundaram, PhD, Program Director, Alfred University

9:00 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.     TECHNICAL SESSION: PLENARY

Session Chair: S. K. Sundaram, PhD, Program Director, Alfred University

9:00 a.m. — 9:15 a.m.       American Glass Manufacturing – A Love Letter, Bob Lipetz, MBA, Executive Director, Glass Manufacturing Industry Council

9:15 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.      GlassTrend to Benefit Glass Manufacturing, Oscar Verheijen, Team Lead of R&D and Training, CelSian and Bruno Purnode, Sr. Research Associate, Owens Corning

9:45 a.m. — 10:15 a.m.     Evolution of Refractory in the Glass Industry, Stefan Postrach, Director of Marketing, RHI Magnesita

10:15 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.   Center for Glass Innovation (CGI) at Alfred University, John J. Simmins, PhD, Executive Director, Center of Advanced Technology, Alfred University

10:45 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.   BREAK & EXHIBITING

11:15 a.m. — 12:45 p.m.   TECHNICAL SESSION: QUALITY

Session Chairs: Chris Tournour, Senior Glass Process Engineer, Corning Inc. and Kenneth Bratton, Manager of, Research and Development, Bucher Emhart Glass

11:15 a.m. — 11:45 a.m.   Digital Measurement of Cord Stresses in Container Glass, Henning Katte, Managing Director, ilis GmbH

11:45 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.    Electrical Systems for Furnace Boosting Revisited to Improve Energy Efficiency, René Meuleman, Global Senior Solution Architect, and Christian Collombet, Senior Principal Architect, Schneider Electric

12:15 p.m. — 12:45 p.m.     Delivering Large-scale Industrial Emissions Demonstrations with the U.S. Department of Energy, Jeremy Leong, Program Manager for Industrial Emissions Demonstrations, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

12:45 p.m. — 2:15 p.m.     LUNCH

12:45 p.m. — 2:15 p.m.     EXHIBITING

2:15 p.m. — 4:45 p.m.       TECHNICAL SESSION: MELTING & CONTROLS

Session Chairs: Jim Uhlik, Vice President of Technical Services, TECO, and Shrikar Chakravarti, Business Development Linde, Inc.

2:15 p.m. — 2:45 p.m.      All-Electric-FH-Design with ZERO Emissions, Stuart Hakes, Chief Executive, FIC Germany GmbH

2:45 p.m. — 3:15 p.m.        The Fully Compartmentalized Glass Furnace, Adam Polcyn, Vice President Research & Development, Vitro Architectural Glass

3:15 p.m. — 3:45 p.m.    5-Year Operating Experience with the OPTIMELTTM Heat Recovery Technology on a Tableware Furnace, Marco van Valburg, Plant Manager, Leerdam Crisal Glass

3:45 p.m. — 4:15 p.m.       H2 in Float Furnaces – Perspective after 2021 Trial, Andrew Keeley, Principal Technologist, NSG Pilkington

4:15 p.m. — 4:45 p.m.           Modern Controller and Sensor Technology to Achieve Optimum Energy Efficiency, Andries Habraken, Team Lead Process Automation, CelSian

4:45 p.m. — 5:15 p.m.       EXHIBITING

5:15 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.       FREE TIME

7:30 p.m. — 11:00 p.m.     HOSPITALITY SUITES


Wednesday, November 2, 2022


8:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.       EXHIBITING

9:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.     TECHNICAL SESSION: PLENARY

Session Chair: Bob Lipetz, MBA, Conference Director, Glass Manufacturing Industry Council

9:00 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.       Diageo 2030 and the Challenges of Recycled Glass for Glass Manufacturing, Ronald J. Holmes, Director of Packaging and Technology, Diageo

9:30 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.     Revisiting How Big is my Carbon Footprint Presentation from the 2009 GPC and Assessing its Implications Today, Edward Ferreira, Furnace Design Engineer, TECO

10:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. Glass Melting of the Future, Erik Muijsenberg, Vice President, Glass Service, Inc.

10:30 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.   BREAK


Session Chairs: Erik Helin, Senior Research Engineer, Johns Manville and Eric Dirlam, Master Furnace Engineer, SSOE Group

11:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.   How Will the Electrification of Glass Furnaces Impact Refractories? Isabell Gross, Research Engineer, SEFPRO at Saint-Gobain

11:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.   Future Proofing Your Dust Collection System, Alysha Yinger, Director of Engineering, RoboVent and Kyle Billy, Application Engineer, RoboVent

12:00 p.m. — 12:30 p.m.   Oolitic Aragonite: A Renewable and Sustainable Solution for High Clarity Glass Manufacturing, Alyson Myers, Director Research and Development, Calcean

12:30 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.     LUNCH

12:30 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.     EXHIBITING


Session Chairs: Glenn Neff, Vice President, Glass Service USA and Jan Schep, Melting Strategist Refractory and Steel, O-I

2:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.       Partial Oxy-Fuel Conversion of Glass Forehearths; A Cost-Effective Way to Reduce CO2 Emissions by 50%, Julien Pedel, Sr. Research Engineer, Linde, Inc.

2:30 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.       Advances in Glass Industry Energy Savings Using Heat Oxy-Combustion, Kenneth Kaiser, International Expert Process Engineering & Combustion, Air Liquide

3:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.       The Future of Green Hydrogen Production, Distribution, and Supply for the Glass Industry and the Potential Impact of Hydrogen Fuel Blending in Glass Furnaces, Michael Gallagher, Jr., Principal Research Engineer, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

3:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.       Design and Implementation of OPTIFIRE TM FLEX Burner for Foam Reduction in Oxy-Fuel Glass Furnaces, Robert Bell, Senior Combustion Research Engineer, Linde, Inc.

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon     HOST TEARDOWN

2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.       EXHIBITOR TEAR DOWN

4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.       GMIC MEMBER MEETING

Thursday, November 3, 2022


8:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.       GMIC SYMPOSIUM

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