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Technical Consultancy

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Our technical experts provide support throughout the glass supply chain - providing clients with market advantage, knowledge and technical input to improve their manufacture, processing, handling, specification or use of glass. We provide supplier auditing services and technical consultancy to individual companies, consortiums, trade representatives and governments. Support ranges from simple glass specifications, failure analysis or the verification of product standards to whole glazing assembly investigations on large scale builds or feasibility studies for new glass plants or the recycling infrastructure for entire nations. 

Design Critique and FEA

Assessment and critique of a product design at early design, trial or production stage in order to advise on performance and strength. This service focuses on assessment of design …

Expert Witness

Specialist expert witness support for companies, insurers, loss adjusters, trading standards, police authorities and law firms who require advice on the use of glass, product stand…

Environmental Consultancy

Unrivalled reputation in the field of environmental and sustainability projects and consultancy, with an established portfolio of both largescale projects and shorter studies carri…

Glass Calculations

When specifying glazing for a building, it is vital to ensure that the glass will survive environmentally induced loads and stresses, specifically, wind, snow and thermal effects

Line and Process Auditing

On-site auditing of lines, and manufacturer and supplier processes.

Manufacturing Processes

Our specialist knowledge in glass, manufacture and treatment allows us to support the supply-chain with process investigations and auditing in order to optimise production, resolve…

On-Site Technical Assessments

A range of on-site and laboratory services, including failure analysis, distortion assessments colour measurement, determination of glass specifications, stress measurements and mo…

Research, Innovation, Developm…

We are a key partner in a number of international consortium projects including the development of bio-compatible and bio-soluble glasses, glass coatings for various medical applic…

ESOS Assessment

A flexible ESOS assessment service, focused on glass sector companies and tailored to your level of ESOS readiness, we can help your business to achieve compliance and excellence i…

Foreign Bodies and Fragments

Identification of the likely source of foreign bodies, contamination or fragments found within a product, or for comparative analysis (e.g. forensic evidence), through a range of a…

Delamination

Investigative analysis where delamination is suspected and delamination propensity pre-screening as detailed in the latest USP <1660>.

Accreditations and Professiona…

Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS) is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 9001 quality standards and has an established reputation for specialist knowledge in glass.


Project Examples

We have an established reputation for providing consultancy and research projects for a wide range of clients - from the lightweighting of packaging, recycling infastructures and end-of-life for exotic glass such as CRT recycling to feasibility studies for new installations and the development of new specialist glass compositions for laser systems, biomedical applications and more. Examples from our portfolio are shown below:

Failure Analysis - Wine Bottle

Failure Analysis - Wine Bottle

The remains of a broken wine bottle were received by Glass Technology Services Ltd and the customer, a prominent UK brand, requested to know the reason for the failure of the bottle. While the body of the bottle was intact, the neck was broken into 3 pieces. In addition, the cork, which had also been supplied, was noted to feature a hole running through the centre - indicating that a corkscrew had been used to open the bottle. How did GTS help? Expert technical failure analysis was carried...

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Foreign Body Analysis - Cosmetics and Beauty

Foreign Body Analysis - Cosmetics and Beauty

A salon brand received a serious injury complaint from a consumer where it was reported that glass had been found within an anti-aging cream. Concerned about an expensive recall, the glass particle was retrieved and sent for urgent foreign body analysis, along with the glass packaging for comparison. How did GTS help? Foreign Body Analysis was carried out using a combination of techniques. This determined that, whilst the composition was typical of a container, the general characteristics...

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Quality Assessment - Retail

Quality Assessment - Retail

A high street name requested routine quality assessment of a new product line, as a case of due diligence. How did GTS help? During the quality assessment, the annealing assessment revealed the presence of high levels of residual stress, which led to the products fracturing when lightly scratched.   Benefit to the Client With this knowledge the brand was able to go back to the glass manufacturer and ask for the annealing to be rectified, ensuring the product was safe for use...

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Failure Investigation - Cafetiere (French Press)

Failure Investigation - Cafetiere (French Press)

A well-known cookware brand received a customer complaint that a glass cafetiere ('French Press') "exploded" whilst full of hot liquid and needed to know the cause of the failure. The company needed to understand whether this was a genuine failure and whether there may be any problems with the product making it unsuitable for market, or alternatively whether the failure was a result of mishandling - so submitted the item to the GTS laboratory for expert failure analysis. How...

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Foreign Bodies found within Drinks Bottles

Foreign Bodies found within Drinks Bottles

A number of glass fragments had been reported to be present within two bottles; the brand owner had checked the densities of the fragments and bottles prior to sending them to us for independent review and the samples were noted to be a match, indicating that they were from the same source.  At this point the brand owner was most interested in determining who was responsible for the fragments ending up in the bottle; the manufacturer; the filler; or perhaps the consumer who had introduced...

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Cased-Glass - Thermal Expansion

Cased-Glass - Thermal Expansion

A customer producing articles manufactured from two different glasses fused together ('cased glass') discovered that, during production, many articles were cracking causing loss of production. In order to understand the root cause of these cracks the client submitted their articles to the GTS laboratory for expert failure analysis. How did GTS help? A cased-glass assessment of the articles by our glass specialists suggested that a mismatch in the thermal expansion of...

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In addition to our technical consultancy services, our specialist knowledge in glass is called upon by those looking to  improve processes or products - or develop entirely new and innovative glass formulations, uses or treatments. Please see our innovation, research and development pages for further information.

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Meet the Team

Dr Nick Kirk

Dr Nick Kirk

PhD BEng CEng CEnv FIMMM

Technical Director

Nick has over 20 years’ experience in the glass sector - including 6 years in ...

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Philip Marsh

Philip Marsh

Business Development Manager

As business development manager at Glass Technology Services Ltd, Phil is respon...

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Daniel Capon

Daniel Capon

Principal Technologist - Analytical

Dan is head of the analytical and glass technology departments at Glass Technolo...

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Catherine Robinson

Catherine Robinson

Technologist - Product Performance

Catherine is head of the product performance department and responsible for all ...

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Rob Ireson

Rob Ireson

Innovation Team Leader

Rob is responsible for the management of the longer term development and innovat...

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Mark Pudner

Mark Pudner

Senior Environmental Technologist

Mark is responsible for the day-to-day running of the stack emissions monitoring...

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Martyn Marshall

Martyn Marshall

Principal Glass Technologist

Martyn is responsible for delivering the technical focus in several major Europe...

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Chris Holcroft

Chris Holcroft

Senior Environmental Technologist

Chris is a member of the GTS project team managing and participating in a wide v...

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