The 82nd Conference on Glass Problems (GPC) has been the leading forum for the exchange of ideas to address shared challenges for glass manufacturing professionals for more than eighty years. It is at the GPC, which takes place November 1 to 4 in Columbus, Ohio, USA, that the world’s leading technical experts address current problems in manufacturing, with solutions citing real-world examples. It also provides an exhibiting platform for solutions providers to share their innovations that delivers high participation by manufacturers.
Jan Schep, Global Furnace and Civil Structural Discipline Leader at O-I, said, “For me, the Glass Problems Conference is the best glass manufacturing industry event. It provides a good mix of technology and innovation to support the industry’s objectives to create a more efficient and sustainable future. The technical courses and student scholarships provide a platform for educating people new to the industry and promoting the glass manufacturing industry and its suppliers as a rewarding and innovative place to work. Also, I find that the Glass Problems Conference creates an excellent environment for networking and collaboration to support the advancement of the glass industry.”
The Conference on Glass Problems is organized by the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC), the trade association bridging all segments of glass manufacture and Alfred University, the USA’s leading glass research institution. The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) also endorses it.
The GPC program content is directed by an industry advisory board and is composed of invited papers and submitted abstracts, with the proceedings published by John Wiley & Sons. Speakers providing real world data from manufacturing plants are given preference. In addition to the extensive two-day technical program, the conference also provides hard to obtain technical education. Two excellent technical short courses are offered on, ‘Fundamentals of Batch and Furnace Operations’ taught by C. Philip Ross and ‘Electrical Glass Melting – an Introduction’ taught by Rene Muelman, Business Development Director and Corinne Claireaux, PhD, Glass Scientist and Academy Manager of CelSian
Of particular note is the full day symposium entitled ‘Automation in Glass Manufacturing’. This symposium, co-organized by the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council and GlassTrend, is presented by leading experts in this field who provide a detailed examination of sensors, industrial artificial intelligence, data analytics, controls, remote management and other automation tools invaluable to efficient sustainable glass manufacturing.
Combining high value technical seminars with robust exhibiting and excellent networking, the Conference on Glass Problems provides an abundance of value for time invested and is what sets the Conference on Glass Problems apart from other trade shows and conferences.
To be presented at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and the Hilton Columbus Downtown in Columbus, Ohio, USA, the conference program is available here.