6000+
Glass services
delivered in the last 5 years
£3m+
Funding
secured for project work
1000+
Clients
we've worked with in the last 5 years
68
Countries
we have worked in

Expertise & Leadership

Dr Nick Kirk

Dr Nick Kirk

Technical Director
Nick is a glass expert with decades of experience in all aspects of sustainability, glass production, and product design across the global glass supply chain. Read More

Areas of expertise:

Glass production Sustainability and recycling Product design
Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones

Operations & Commercial Director
Gareth is our Operations & Commercial Director and works with a range of organisations across the global glass industry. He supports them in working towards their business targets, and ensures that our services meet the industry’s current and future requirements. Read More

Areas of expertise:

Strategy development and implementation Marketing Business development

Services

Glass failure analysis

Glass failure analysis

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.

Products this service is relevant to:

Glass production, processing, and packing line audits

Glass production, processing, and packing line audits

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 defects and contamination analysis

Our technical experts analyse glass composition and causes of defects to quickly resolve your production issues. We undertake composition analysis of inclusions, stone, cord, knot, bubbles and blisters, and we examine surface contamination, delamination, misting and blooms. We also assess forming defects and quality concerns in finished products.

Areas we work in:

Glass defects and contamination analysis

Glass composition analysis

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.
Glass composition analysis

Bespoke glass development and manufacture

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.
Bespoke glass development and manufacture

Laser process development

We can help you develop laser processing techniques tailored specifically to glass materials. We have specialist expertise in areas including laser welding technologies, laser cutting, additive manufacture (3D printing) and targeted property modification. Working together, we can develop new products for sectors such as micro-machining, biomedical technologies and advanced optics. We support and collaborate with partners and customers spanning academia and industry.

Areas we work in:

Laser process development

Glass durability and elemental migration analysis

Our experts can verify that your glass complies with international and industry standards. Our durability analysis and testing ensures it’s fit for purpose, it provides the appropriate level of chemical resistance, and it meets all required standards. This is vital for chemically sensitive products such as parenteral pharmaceuticals. However, it is also important to ensure the safety of packaging, preparatory surfaces and vessels for foods and drinks.

Areas we work in:

Glass durability and elemental migration analysis

Finite element analysis (FEA) modelling

We use finite element analysis (FEA) modelling to provide insights into a vast range of processes and scenarios. We combine our software capability with expertise in glass materials and glass manufacture to model heat transfer and stress generating processes, ranging from furnaces to laser processing. This provides vital information that allows you to minimise costs and reduce the probability of failures.
Finite element analysis (FEA) modelling

Expert witness

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.

Areas we work in:

Expert witness
Glass Technology Services celebrates the start of the International Year of Glass 2022
News Article

Glass Technology Services celebrates the start of the International Year of Glass 2022

AI6S project partnership announcement – examining energy and waste reduction in the foundation industries
News Article

AI6S project partnership announcement – examining energy and waste reduction in the foundation industries

Glass Technology Services will be taking part in the AI6S project which will develop a novel toolkit for process optimisation within the foundation industries.

Martyn Marshall
Glass Technology Services launch new website to showcase expertise
News Article

Glass Technology Services launch new website to showcase expertise

Renowned glass experts and analytical specialists Glass Technology Services have launched their new website.

Gareth Jones
Sustainable glass development – the methods, challenges and solutions
News Article

Sustainable glass development – the methods, challenges and solutions

We know that glass is infinitely recyclable, but is this the same as being sustainable? We spoke to principal technologist, Martyn Marshall, about some of the ways we recycle glass, the technical challenges associated with sustainable glass making, and how we can overcome them.

Martyn Marshall
Collaborative partnership with Rockfield announced
News Article

Collaborative partnership with Rockfield announced

We're delighted to announce a new collaborative partnership developed to give brand owners and manufacturers greater confidence in their container design.

Gareth Jones

Recent projects

Project

AI6S project examines energy and waste reduction in the foundation industries

We will be taking part in the AI6S project which will develop a novel toolkit for process optimisation across the glass, cement, paper, ceramics, metals and bulk chemicals industries.
AI6S project examines energy and waste reduction in the foundation industries
Project

A market survey of applications and manufacturing processes of foam glass

BRE and Glass Technology Services investigated the use of waste material to generate a building product or high value lightweight aggregate for insulation purposes.
Project

Bottle rightweighting - beer, cider and spirits

Bottle rightweighting - a process of packaging design and production to optimise packaging weight, whilst taking into account the requirements of all stakeholders in the supply chain, including manufacturers, brand owners, fillers, retailers, consumers and the environment.
Bottle rightweighting - beer, cider and spirits
Project

GlassRite activities

The project has worked extensively with stakeholders in the beer, cider and spirits sectors, and in particular brand owner-fillers and the UK glass manufacturers, to highlight the benefits of rightweighting, and identify rightweighting opportunities within brand portfolios.
GlassRite activities

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