Glass types compositions

3 Common Glass Types: Properties and Applications

Glass is an immensely versatile material; it is used every day in numerous applications, many that most of us are not even aware of. We use it to drink beverages, to store food, and as windows in our homes and automobiles but glass is also used in many unseen applications. For instance, glass components are…

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Color Variability and LED Binning

Combat Color Variability: Basics of LED Binning

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) or solid state lighting is infiltrating many lighting markets. The rapid pace of adoption and technology innovation leaves many engineers and designers struggling to understand the basics of LED technology and how it differs from traditional light sources. Before adopting LEDs, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of their mechanics, differences, and…

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Borosilicate glass resists abrasion in harsh abrasive environments

Glass Abrasion Resistance Ensures Consistent Light Transmission

  Exterior lights, whether on a jet, runway, or cell phone tower, must live up to high expectations. They alert pilots of obstacles and safely guide them to the runway. It’s critical that the light system provide consistent transmission through normal and adverse conditions. Exterior lights are exposed to harsh conditions like heavy smog, acid…

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Basics of Glass Tempering and Heat Strengthening

On a daily basis you encounter glass in all shapes, sizes, and compositions. Glass is used in many applications ranging from the glass for your cell phone screen to your car’s windshield. You can also find glass in impact and explosion resistant lighting applications in demanding environments like coal mines and oil rigs. In all these applications,…

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Basics of Glass Annealing

In technical glass production, molten glass is pressed and it rapidly cools as it is removed from the mold. This rapid cooling creates internal stresses within the glass piece. When the glass finally cools to room temperature, stresses in the glass can potentially cause spontaneous breakage. Glass annealing is a controlled process of slowly cooling…

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