Labeling and decoration processes have proven to be a time-honored and effective means of adding beauty, brand recognition, and functionality to a glass article. The methods used to achieve a desired appearance vary widely, but all primarily involve applying material to or otherwise altering the nature of a glass surface-and that's where the expertise of American Glass Research can make a difference for your organization.
Any decorative process-whether it's etching or baking, gluing or curing, dimpling or stippling, embossing or frosting-can lead to an assortment of unique problems. At American Glass Research, we have the proven expertise to identify the root cause of problems in this area, and the knowledge to recommend solutions that are timely and effective. Some examples of problems in this area include (but are not limited to):
Label adhesion, ink beading, and other decorating problems due to excessive or improper coatings;
Our analytical capabilities are directed primarily at contributions from the glass article-the most frequent example being the interactions of label adhesives and decorative inks with coatings on glass containers (a dual set of metal oxide and polymer coatings commonly called the "hot end" and "cold end" coatings). Other problems relate directly to the nature of the labeling or decorative process, and our experts have the skills to carry these investigations from start to solution. For fast and accurate results, the professionals at American Glass Research employ state-of-the-art techniques such as polarimetry, colorimetry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) to characterize and identify decorating problems.
If you are experiencing labeling or decoration problems and suspect that the glass article is at fault, contact American Glass Research today. We would be more than happy to discuss how our services can benefit you. If testing is pursued, a formal report-written in plain language-will be prepared with a complete summary of procedures, results, conclusions, and recommendations for eliminating the problem. Pricing is based on time, materials, and equipment usage, and a cost-free, upfront quote for service is available upon request. If necessary, American Glass Research personnel are available for on-site inspection and consulting as well.
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