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American Glass Research Services

I servizi forniti da American Glass Research, una sussidiaria di Agr International, hanno recato benefici a numerosi segmenti di mercato che spaziano dai produttori di vetro agli utenti finali. Serviamo principalmente il settore degli imballaggi in vetro che include i settori degli alimenti, delle bevande, degli articoli per la tavola, dei cosmetici e farmaceutico. Inoltre, la nostra competenza è stata utilizzata per la valutazione di articoli temperati, utensili da cucina e contenitori di candele. Le nostre capacità in continua espansione si sono anche dimostrate preziose per i clienti nei mercati del vetro piano, vetro per il settore automobilistico, vetro specialistico e perfino i mercati della ceramica/porcellana.

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Consulting & Training (Butler, PA)

Training Seminars – topics include fracture diagnosis, defect identification, bottle design, coating technology, cord and annealing and batch and furnace operations

Production Line Audits – on-site visit to the glass manufacturing facility to assure quality production

Filling Line Audits – evaluation using an impact sensor to identify severe filling line handling

Container Design – use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to evaluate stresses generated in the container under anticipated loads

Performance Testing – development of tailored test strategies with goals ranging from quality evaluations to problem solving

Glass Quality – evaluation of stone, cord, glass color and composition

Annealing & Tempering – analysis of residual permanent stresses from annealing or glass strengthening processes

Fracture Diagnosis – root cause analysis of breakage to assess the severity of the fracture origin (flaw) versus load type and magnitude

Coatings – evaluation of hot end (tin oxide) and cold end (polyethylene, AP5) coatings

Labeling & Decorating – evaluation of embossing, applying a ceramic label (ACL), frosting and laser coding

Closure Problems – evaluation of capping, torque removal, cork extraction and rusting issues

Tableware Issues – flaw identification and performance testing, including impact and thermal shock

Product Liability – sample examination, testing and duplication of breakage, expert courtroom witness

Analytical (Maumee, OH)

Raw Material Composition – analysis to characterize all batch materials, including electrostatic precipitator dusts and cullets

Glass Composition – accurate and rapid glass analyses to resolve batch upset, meet compositional requirements, evaluate changes or meet customer requirements

Glass Physical Properties – testing which characterizes the properties of glass density, softening point and coefficient of thermal expansion

Heavy Metal Testing – testing for lead, cadmium and chromium (VI); complete container basis, ASTM C927-Lip and Rim testing; ASTM C-738 for food contact items; NIOSH 9100 Wipe Test

Contamination – testing for strength loss, foaming, labeling issues, packaging contamination and weathering

USP/EP Testing – testing of powdered glass, water attack at 121°C, arsenic, light transmission or soluble alkali