How to Customize Glass for New Light-based Technologies

How to Customize Glass for Light-based Technologies

Light-based technologies continue to advance at an impressive speed. They’re being used in new and emerging applications where the ability to control light is critical for success. Ultraviolet (UV) light is used to treat skin disorders, such as jaundice and eczema. In phototherapy applications, it’s important to block dangerous UVC light so that it doesn’t…

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2 Common Glass Manufacturing Methods: Batch and Continuous Melting

Batch Glass Melting

Differences in individual glass melting practices are driven by the scale and scope of the manufacturing, the glass composition needed, the downstream processes involved, and the ultimate product quality required. In this article, we’ll review two common glass manufacturing methods: continuous and batch melting. As with any manufacturing process, glass melting can be broadly subdivided…

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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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