We work with companies throughout the glass supply chain on environmental projects such as recycling schemes, glass re-use and specialist raw material recovery, lightweighting of glass products, emissions control and environmental impacts.
We regularly batch test pharmaceutical glassware for a range of global manufacturers, importers and suppliers to verify compliance to industry standards, dimensional specifications and performance properties.
We provide this analysis for pharmaceutical companies to determine the amount of elemental impurities and migration in drugs products. The test method involves an accelerated test procedure to encourage leaching of specified elements from the glass inner surface. These elements are defined by the ICH Q3D as elements to be quantified with defined limits within the document itself.
We offer a unique perspective of glass as a material within the context of recycling, sustainability and the circular economy. Our experts provide advice about environmental and sustainability issues, and undertake large consultancy projects involving multiple partners, such as universities, funding agencies and companies. The work we undertake in this area includes audits of new and existing processes, reviews of the availability and demand of materials, and studies of process and energy efficiencies.
Our glass property experts work with manufacturers to optimise production, troubleshoot issues and support the development of novel glasses. We offer analysis of glass colour, dilatometry and thermal expansion, electrical properties, density, light transmission and absorbance, littleton softening point, refractive index, refractory corrosion and stability, temperature-viscosity, and thermal and solar properties.
We help glass manufacturers measure and verify the critical dimensions of a product against specific requirements. Our intricate processes identify any dim issues related to packaging and decorating glass containers, such as applying lids and labels.
Delamination occurs when visible flakes or lamellae appear in glass. It’s a common cause of product recall, at a great cost to manufacturers. We offer both investigative analysis if delamination is suspected, and propensity studies for assessing a product’s potential delamination risk.
Our glass production and processing experts provide manufacturers, suppliers, brand owners and customers with line and process audits to optimise glass production, processing, and food and drink operations. We work with companies involved in all stages of glass supply, from raw materials through to the end product. In emergencies, we can undertake site visits at short notice to identify issues quickly, allowing production to resume and minimising financial losses.
Glass failure (or fracture) analysis is a powerful tool combining glass fractography and microscopy to diagnose and determine the root cause of a breakage or product failure. We also complete preventative quality assessments to potentially stop issues occurring in the future. We provide analysis for products spanning all sectors, including food and drink packaging, domestic glass, furniture, scientific glassware and pharmaceutical packaging.
We provide ISO/IEC 17025-accredited composition analysis, enabling glass manufacturers to confirm that glass has been made as intended, and potentially determine the cause of a problem. Our methods are created specifically for glass, so they’re accurate and reproducible.
We provide expert witness support to individuals, companies, insurers, loss adjusters, trading standards and law firms regarding the use of glass, product standards and failures. Our scientists have unrivalled glass expertise in manufacturing, processing, materials sciences, chemistry, physics and engineering. Together, we hold over 400 years’ collective glass experience.
Our experts provide a series of small-scale melting trials to confirm the suitability of new raw materials in glass production. We use comparative melting trials to establish differences between compositions or refining systems. The normal trial we offer is based on melting four glasses. The melts are all made to produce 250g of glass. We study the melting and refining of each formulation for 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes, at a temperature comparable with the customer’s melting temperature.