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Expert in Soda-Lime Glass Manufacturing

Expert ID: 108272 California, USA

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SODA-LIME GLASS MANUFACTURING; GLASS CONTAINER. Expert has expertise in many aspects of the commercial container and tableware manufacturing of soda lime glass. His 27 year technical management career and six years as an independent consultant has focused on all aspects of glass production. These have included considerations of raw materials, batch formulation, designing and operating melting furnaces, process control for glass temperature conditioning, and satisfying environmental requirements.

GLASS TECHNOLOGY; GLASS BATCH FORMULATION; GLASS DEFECT IDENTIFICATION. Expert has established and specified raw material quality standards and vendor partnerships. He has defined batch formulations for desired glass properties, color development, and optimized melting properties. He has worked to define quality specifications and processing requirements for glass recycling and has evaluated alternate raw material substitutions. He is also familiar with glass testing requirements, defect identification, and fracture analysis procedures.

GLASS MELTING FURNACES. A significant portion of Expert's career has been involved with all phases of continuous glass melting furnaces. He has designed, purchased, constructed, operated, and audited all-electric and gas, electric boosted, and oil fired regenerative furnaces. These efforts have included budget development, specifying refractories, choosing combustion equipment, contractor selection, choosing instrumentation. He has also determined operating procedures for optimizing energy efficiency, satisfying glass quality requirements, and optimizing furnace life. Expert is very knowledgeable about issues involving 100% oxygen fired melting conversions. He also conducts customized training programs for operators and technicians.

GLASS MELTING FURNACE AIR EMISSIONS. Expert has had significant involvement with air emission generation and control issues for glass melting furnaces. This has included efforts to minimize particulate, SOX, and NOX by process modifications and evaluating alternative add-on control equipment. He has played an active role in the process for California (CARB & SCAQMD) and Federal (EPA) Rule Development for glass furnaces.

GLASS MELTING OPERATIONS. Expert has performed audits and troubleshooting of furnace and forehearth areas. He has worked with energy conservation and cost reduction programs. Additionally, he has conducted refractory inspections for life expectations and replacement considerations.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1965 Degree: B.S. Subject: Ceramic Engineering Institution: University of Illinois

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1992 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department:
Expert is an independent consultant dealing with glass manufacturing issues, with a focus on glass production from raw materials through melting.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1977 to 1992 Employer: Kerr Glass Title: Divisional Vice President Department:
He was responsible for batch and furnace engineering for the corporation.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1972 to 1977 Employer: Title: Department Manager Department:
Expert was responsible for batch and furnace engineering for a glass tableware facility.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1968 to 1972 Employer: Title: Area Furnace Engineer Department:
The staff had responsibility for batch and furnace operations in 10 container glass facilities.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1965 to 1968 Employer: Title: Department Head of Batch & Furnace Department:
Expert had responsibility for batch and furnace operations for a container glass facility.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
As Chairman, Expert's committee advised a number of research organizations, including the Gas Research Institute and the Electric Power Research Institutes, on glass manufacturing related issues. He has served on programming committees of the American Ceramic Society and the Annual Conference on Glass Problems. He was named a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. He is also a member of the Phoenix Award Committee.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has authored, presented, and published a number of technical papers relating to glass production issues.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has performed services as an expert witness in jury trial and both domestic and international arbitration.
Training / Seminars
Expert teaches a variety of seminars at American Glass Research regarding glass melting operations. He also conducts on site training on a variety of production subjects at manufacturing sites.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of glass making raw materials, glass container manufacturing equipment, glass furnace refractories and combustion/ temperature process control.

He has access to the following resources to aid in vendor location: personal experience and industry contacts.
Marketing Experience
Expert does not get involved with Sales/Marketing issues, but can discuss a variety of manufacturing issues which contribute to manufacturing costs.

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