In preparation for The Society of Glass Technology’s (SGT) Centenary in 2016, the Melting Technical Committee (MTC) has a busy year planned.
Neil Simpson, Chair of the MTC, said: “In addition to the Annual Furnace Solutions (9th June) and Training Day (8th June) at Lucideon in Stoke, the MTC has also committed to organising a Centenary Furnace Solutions on 8th September.
“This will be as part of the Society Conference on 8th September at Sheffield University. We will also release the second edition of ‘A Compendium of Glass Melting’”.
For those not familiar with it, the first edition of ‘A Compendium of Glass Melting’ was published in June 2012.
This is a unique, CD-based document that contains almost 100 papers, PowerPoint presentations and lecture materials.
With over 60 authors, it represents more than 1,000 years of hands-on experience and covers all aspects of glass melting science as well as practical, glassmaking technology.
It is targeted at glassmakers, furnace designers and specialist industry suppliers.
Iain Shoveller who leads the Compendium Sub-Committee advised: “We already have a significant amount of new material to add from our subsequent Furnace Solutions and new Training Days. The MTC are reviewing SGT Journals from 1999 for additional presentations that we have perhaps missed. Many of you may have heard, written or made presentations, which would be relevant and worthy of inclusion in this proposed Edition 2. If you have any digital copies which we are entitled to include can you please send them to Lisa (Lisa@sgt.org) with appropriate permissions.”
Training Day 4
Next year’s Training Day will focus on the topic of ‘Energy and Environment’, and will take place on the 8th June 2016 at the Lucideon, Stoke on Trent.
Nicola Johnson who leads the Training Day sub-committee said: “With the Government Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme [ESOS] this year and Industrial Emissions Directive [IED] coming next April, the MTC felt that Energy and Environment was an appropriate subject. We approached all of last year’s attendees and also British Glass’s Energy & Environmental Sub-Committee with all agreeing a good topic. Our intention is that we will have our successful panel discussion again this year”.
Furnace Solutions 11
The 11th Furnace Solutions conference follows on from the Training Day, and will take place on the 9th June 2016 at the Lucideon in Stoke on Trent.
Nigel Longshaw, who leads the Furnace Solutions sub-committee, commented: “Following our successful 10th Furnace Solutions we were inundated by requests to present this coming year, and provisionally we already have a full programme.
“Whilst we are awaiting topics and final presenters, we are expecting presentations from Linde, Global, CelSian, Stara, Elster, FIC, Lucideon, PSR and Sibelco.”
Furnace Solutions Centenary
The Furnace Solutions Centenary will be held on the 8th September 2016, at the University of Sheffield.
This one-off Centenary event will recognise three of the four Garvey Award recipients, recognised as having the best papers at previous Furnace Solutions events, and will include Eric Muijsenberg, Joachim Diego and Trevor Wilson. Whilst Wolfgang is not available, Peter West will represent Ardagh.
Additional confirmed speakers are Richard Hulme, John Naughton, Dave Dalton and a representative from Fives. This day’s event will be part of the ESG and will run jointly with Glass Trend.
The sponsors this year were BOC, Calumite, CelSian, DSF, Eclipse, FIC, Fives, Fosbel, Glass Technology Services, Global Combustion, Harbison Walker International, IRE, Praxair, PSR and Tecoglass/Zedtec in addition to IOM3 and Glass International with, of course, the hosts Lucideon.
The MTC is an active Committee of The Society and tries to meet face to face three times per year. We currently have over 20 members made up from industrial glass manufacturers, suppliers, academics and anyone with an interest in the subject.
The committee is always looking for new members, and has a conference call scheduled for 10th December and a meeting at SGT on 14th April. Please contact Christine (Christine@sgt.org) if you would like to know about upcoming meetings.