Bob Lipetz, Conference Director, provides this preview of the Virtual Conference on Glass Problems.

The 81st Conference on Glass Problems, which had been scheduled to take place on 26-29 October in Columbus, Ohio, USA, has been replaced with a virtual conference.

The Virtual Conference on Glass Problems (VGPC) will take place online 26-30 October. Being accessible via the internet will allow a larger participation from the industry to hear the world’s leading technical experts address current problems in manufacturing.

The VGPC will also provide an exhibiting platform for solutions providers to communicate with the industry.

Larry McCloskey-Glass Engineering Consultant to Anchor Hocking, provides this insight: “The GPC conference has the cross section of information and vendor interaction, coupled with the technical papers, that may provide the only practical/technical experience many plant level or young engineers have opportunity to experience, during the year.”

The Virtual Conference on Glass Problems is organised by the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC), which is the American trade association bridging all segments of glass manufacturing and Alfred University, the USA’s leading glass research institution. It is endorsed by the American Ceramic Society.

An industry advisory board oversees the programme, which is composed of invited papers and submitted abstracts, with the proceedings manuscripts distributed to attendees and also published by John Wiley & Sons.

Preference is given to lectures providing practical, take-home information.

Some of the highlights of the programme are: Marty Curran, Innovation Officer, Corning Incorporated Glass Industry Today: Challenges & Opportunities; John Mauro, Professor, Pennsylvania State UniversityMachine Learning and Glass Formation; Frank O’Brien-Bernini, VP and Chief Sustainability Officer Owens CorningSustainability – Creating Enterprise Value; Daniel Swiler, Glass Scientist, O-I, Inc.Surface Viscosity and the Melting of Glass; and Lance Lemings, Senior Director Operations, Gallo Glass CompanyHot Bottom Repair on a 10-Year-Old Furnace.

The technical programme, which had traditionally been two days, now expands to three days, 26-28 October.

Two technical short courses are offered virtually on 23 October; ‘Fundamentals of Batch and Furnace Operations’ taught by C. Philip Ross and Introduction to Redox and Sulfur Chemistry’ taught by Corinne Claireaux, Glass Scientist and Oscar Verheijen, Senior Consultant at CelSian Glass & Solar.

An additional special opportunity is the GMIC organised virtual symposium entitled ‘The Future of Glass Manufacturing. The world’s top experts examine the technologies and trends that shape the future of glass manufacturing.

The symposium will have three sessions, Digital Transformation, Resources, and Furnace Design. To allow for sufficient time to cover the topic in depth, the symposium has been extended to two days, 29-30 October.

The full programme is available to view via