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Kopp Glass UV LED Optic Design Lab

New UV LED Optic Design Lab

By Adam Willsey | October 2, 2017

Kopp Glass invites you to explore a new website created to streamline the optical design process in support of engineers and designers in the earliest stages of UV LED product development.

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RadTech 2016

UV LEDs Take Center Stage at RadTech UV+EB 2016

By Adam Willsey | June 1, 2016

RadTech UV+EB 2016 exceeded expectations for many. Attendance was at an all-time high with more than 1,400 attendees, including many attendees new to RadTech. The UV-curable market is growing and attracting new people to the conference. Much of this growth is being fueled by interest in UV LEDs, which have opened new applications for UV curable…

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Glass Manufacturing Methods

2 Common Glass Manufacturing Methods: Batch and Continuous Melting

By Adam Willsey | April 7, 2016

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.

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Mechanical Properties of Glass

Mechanical Properties of Glass: Design to Survive Stress, Impact, and Abrasion

By Adam Willsey | September 28, 2015

When designing a lens for a harsh environment, you need to choose a material that is resistant to pressure, abrasion, and impact. Some applications, such as exterior aircraft lighting, can push a material to its limits. Exterior aircraft lenses are exposed to smog, dust, and other air pollutants at very high speeds; the resulting impacts…

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3 Common Glass Types

3 Common Glass Types: Properties and Applications

By Adam Willsey | July 14, 2015

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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UV LEDs in Medical Use

UV LED Performance Improvements Accelerate Market Adoption

By Adam Willsey | April 17, 2015

The promise of greater efficiency and reliability over a long lifetime has enabled LEDs to penetrate almost all lighting markets. They’re being installed in residential, industrial, healthcare, and office applications. Almost everywhere we go, LEDs are illuminating the environment. While visible LEDs are rapidly being adopted, manufacturers have been slow to embrace LEDs that operate…

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Strategies in Light 2015: The Lighting Evolution Continues

Strategies in Light 2015: The Lighting Evolution Continues

By Adam Willsey | March 16, 2015

The lighting industry continues to evolve; the invention of the blue LED ushered in a new era of lighting. Now, advanced sensors, more efficient light sources, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) enable the development of smart lighting systems that can control light to improve productivity, safety, and our health. It’s an exciting time to work in the lighting industry and the Smart Lighting track was a welcome addition to Strategies in Light 2015.

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Technical Revolution Transforming Manufacturing

Photonics West 2015: Technical Revolution Transforming Manufacturing

By Adam Willsey | February 25, 2015

2015 was another record-breaking year for SPIE and Photonics West. More than 21,000 attendees converged on the Moscone Center; splitting their time between 1,266 exhibiting companies and more than 4,700 technical presentations. A special addition this year was the International Year of Light. Light-based technologies are transforming our world, beginning at the source: manufacturing. We’re able to operate smarter, more efficiently, and produce higher quality products. Those looking to harness these technologies head to Photonics West.

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Could UV Light Technologies Help Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections?

Could UV Light Technologies Help Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections?

By Adam Willsey | October 28, 2014

The Ebola virus continues to spread through West Africa, with new outbreaks surging in Monrovia, Liberia. Healthcare workers are struggling to contain the spread of the virus and unfortunately they risk contracting the virus in their efforts to care for those infected. Increasingly, there are reports of healthcare workers returning home – infected with Ebola. In…

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Biomimetic Antireflective Surfaces for Improved Lighting Efficiency

By Adam Willsey | October 5, 2014

Biomimetic research is leading to nanostructured surfaces that minimize reflections for more efficient photovoltaic and illumination systems. When presented with complex challenges, scientists and engineers often look to the natural world for inspiration– asking “how does nature solve this problem?” Eons of evolutionary development have resulted in remarkable natural capabilities: frictionless motion through water, aerodynamic wings that reduce…

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