Speakers have been confirmed for the Furnace Solutions 2019 conference.

Some of the speakers are Sebastian Woltz, of EME, who will discuss The challenges associated with Batch Plant upgrades.

Ferro Corporation’s Pauline Darbouet will talk about Today’s performance needs and new challenges facing tomorrow’s forehearth colour technology.

Chris Sorby will present and demonstrate the virtual reality software developed by British Glass and VRMT to train future glass engineers to maintain IS machines.

Following the installation of Praxair’s OPTIMELT technology at Libbey’s Leerdam plant in the Netherlands, Frank Schurrmans will review the technology from a glassmaker's perspective.

Andy Reynolds of Fives Stein will present his thoughts on Predicting refractory corrosion prevention in an electric melting furnace.

The two-day training day and conference is organised by the Society of Glass Technology’s Melting Technical Committee.

The organiser said it is always interested to receive papers from organisations not directly associated with the glass industry, and this year is no exception with a paper from Andrew Bowker from the Health and Safety Executive.

The theme for this year’s Training Day will focus on the Batch Plant and its impact on furnace performance, with a paper from Dr Richard White, Lucideon who will give delegates insights into how raw material and batch samples are evaluated and how to interpret test results.

To celebrate 150 years since the birth of Joseph Mellor who was instrumental developing refractory and ceramic understanding into a science andthe Institute of Ceramics, IOM3 has asked Furnace Solutions to mark this anniversary.

Trevor Wilson of DSF Refractories has kindly offered to give a training session relating to The effects of carryover on regenerator refractories to honour Joseph Mellor and the Institute.

Furnace Solutions will again be held a Lucideon, Stoke-on-Trent, UK on June 5th and 6th.

The organisers are still welcoming abstracts from anyone who would like to give a paper or share knowledge through a training course.

All abstracts should be sent Christine Brown at christine@sgt.org

Pictured: Giorgio Minestrini (left) last year's winner of the Michael Garvey award for best paper, with MTC Chairman, Nigel Longshaw.