The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC) will present three events bracketing the Glass Problems Conference dates:
12:00 - 3:00 pm
Fawcett Center for Tomorrow
8:00 - 9:00 am
University Plaza Hotel
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
University Plaza Hotel
“The Shining Inferno - a Symposium on Glass Raw Materials”
Cost: $195 GMIC members / $245 for non-GMIC members.
Symposium attendance is not included as part of the Glass Problems Conference. Payment for symposium registration may be made via the GMIC web site.
To register for the symposium, and for more on the program, please view the symposium details.
From crystal-clear containers to the skin of a new high-rise office building, glass is a transparent, uniform and attractive material. It may not be obvious that its origin is a shining inferno where a mix of various minerals dug from the ground, perhaps collected from several continents, have been fused into a new entity. This symposium details the state of the art technologies as well as the challenges to glass manufacturers in selecting and processing raw materials for glass production.
Life cycle analysis of glass as a material that competes in our society with other materials is giving new attention to our raw materials. Major suppliers of minerals will be discussing the competing market forces involved in making best use of our mineral deposits, while keeping the costs to the glassmaker reasonable. Increasing quality demands on the glass, applies pressure for increasing purity of our raw materials and increasing beneficiation of what we can dig out of the ground. New glass products, including solar cells, make it critical to reduce trace contaminants such as iron oxide or minimize their effect. Possible use of alternate materials can help reduce energy usage and the carbon footprint of our glass plants. The logistics of collecting the hundreds of tons of raw materials needed each and every day will be discussed. New environmental restrictions are also forcing us to reconsider the choice of raw materials we have traditionally used.
This is an opportunity for members of the glass industry to discuss new ideas, and rethink old approaches with informed experts.
Who should attend:
This symposium is designed for those who are involved in the usage and supply of raw materials for the production of all glass types. This will be of interest to glass engineers, furnace operators, glass plant managers, materials supply managers, as well as raw materials suppliers, and those that develop new technologies in glass melting.