The 16th International Seminar on Furnace Design – Operation and Process Simulation, organised by Glass Service (GS), was a resounding success.

The event took place on June 21-22 at the Wellness Hotel Horal mountain resort in Velke Karlovice, Czech Republic.

Drawing a gathering of approximately 200 glass experts from 20 countries, including the USA, Japan, Korea, India, and several European nations such as the UK, the seminar received positive feedback from its participants.

In conjunction with the Seminar, on June 20, the ICG Technical Committee 15 & 21 Meeting and the GS Glass Furnace Model (GFM) User Meeting convened, with the attendance of 40 glass specialists.

A Glass Defects Workshop also on the same day saw the participation of around 50 individuals.

The seminar offered attendees insights into the latest advancements in furnace optimisation and CO2 reduction, bolstered by simulations and advanced control techniques.

Industry organisations including Schott, Johns Manville, Owens Corning, AGC, LMFV, SEFPRO, and FIC UK, made contributions to the proceedings.

During the breaks, GS showcased its developments related to the NIR Furnace camera, featuring AI software integration with ESIII and Industry 4.0, thereby facilitating the automation and optimisation of the glass melting process through automatic batch monitoring.

Notably, the 8th GS Modeling Award was bestowed upon Graham Unwin from NSG Pilkington, recognising his contributions to the implementation of simulation tools within his company and his active participation in conferences globally.

The seminar, held biennially, serves as a global platform where glass experts converge to discuss the application of leading simulation and control tools, all with the overarching objective of optimizing the glass melting and forming processes.

The next event is scheduled to take place on June 18-19, 2025.

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