New window glass changes from clear to dark in 30 seconds

  Wouldn’t it be great if the windows in your home had the built-in capability of darkening on bright sunny days, keeping your air conditioning from constantly running?  A Stanford University research team has created a new type of smart window that blocks light by using electrodeposition to shoot an electrical current through conductive glass containing metal ions. Electrode position, or electroplating, is a process that uses an electric current to coat a material with a thin layer of metal. The window changes from transparent to dark in less than a minute.
 Current smart windows change color when charged with electricity. Michael McGehee, professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford and lead researcher, says tungsten oxide, a typical metal used in commercial smart windows, tends to give the windows a bluish tint and is more expensive. It also takes at least 20 minutes for commercial windows to dim and, over time, they become less opaque.

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AGC starts production of “XCV™” glass substrate for LGPs

  On August 17,AGC, a world-leading supplier of glass, chemicals, ceramics and other high-tech materials and components, announced  that it will launch mass production of XCV™ , a glass substrate for television LGPs with the world’s top light transmittance performance*1.    AGC will supply customers such as LG Display, which is the world’s largest manufacturer of liquid crystal panels.

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Guardian Glass to Build Second Plant in Poland

Guardian Industries will construct a new float and coated glass manufacturing plant in Czestochowa, Poland, to meet growing demand across Europe.
The new location will be adjacent to the company’s existing plant and is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of 2019. According to the company, the facility will create more than 150 new jobs, will pull 1,000 metric tons of glass per day and will include a technologically advanced glass coater.

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Record attendance at world soda ash conference

   Visitors came from countries including China, USA, Australia, Brazil France, UK and Turkey. They heard presentations from 15 speakers during the two-day conference as well as several panel discussions.
   Opening speaker Marguerite Morrin, Senior Director, Soda Ash at IHS Markit  presented a paper titled „Global Soda Ash, Game of Thrones“.
  Turkey is set to add 3 million metric tonnes of new natural soda ash to the industry before the end of the year, which is the single largest capacity increase outside of China the sector has ever witnessed.

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Glass photobioreactor for energy of the future

  At EXPO 2017, LGem presented microalgae as an energy-efficient product of the future. Dutch algae cultivation platform specialist Sander Hazewinkel of LGem answered our questions concerning their presence at this event organized under the  motto “Future Energy.”

Sander Hazewinkel,
Chief Commercial Officer
of the photobioreactor manufacturer  LGem.

What do microalgae have to do with this motto? Will we have algae-powered cars in the future?
Microalgae save fossil fuels, but I don’t mean by using it as biofuel as much as that it allows for more energy-efficient production. The best example is omega-3 fatty acids. They come from fish oil. Four kilograms of fish – herring, mackerel or salmon for instance – are needed for every liter of oil. Starting with the fuel for the fish trawler and going up through further processing, all the production steps require enormous amounts of energy. If the same amount of omega-3 fatty acids can be obtained from microalgae biomass, the energy demand is 90 percent lower.

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Global Antibacterial Glass Market 2016-2020

Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global antibacterial glass market to grow at a CAGR of almost 7% during the forecast period. The rapid development of touchscreen applications in mobile devices has propelled the use of antibacterial surfaces and glasses. With the growth of the touch-enabled devices, concerns regarding the presence of pathogens on their surface are gaining prominence. Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass is the first US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered antimicrobial cover glass which is extensively used in the touch surfaces of electronics goods, such as smartphones, laptops, and microwaves. It is not only tough and scratch-resistant but also includes the ionic silver components which help in the elimination of bacteria from the touch surfaces. Moreover, Corning glass is non-toxic and safe to use and is used as a display cover glass in smartphones and tablets. Also, the rise in environmental and health awareness have propelled market vendors to focus on the development of eco-friendly antibacterial glass with low toxicity.

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to 3-D print high-quality microstructured glass

Work on technologies
   Almost 2 years ago, Micron3DP demonstrated one of the earliest forays into 3-D printing with glass. And just a few months later, MIT backed up glass’s place in the additive manufacturing realm and showed just how beautiful the possibilities were.  But although intriguing, those early demonstrations were only able to produce rather imprecise glass components with poor resolution—on the order of millimeters—because they printed in molten glass.
   While that’s good enough for glass vases, bowls, and other artistic expressions, it just doesn’t cut it for the wide range of high-tech applications of glass that require intricate and precise microstructures. To really open up the world of additive manufacturing for glass, we need techniques that can print with better resolution, precision, and detail, which is hard to achieve with molten glass.
  Now, two new papers, one published in Nature and one in Advanced Materials, describe 3-D printing techniques that use silica nanoparticle inks—rather than molten glass itself—to fabricate optically clear glass components with micrometer-scale resolution, a huge leap forward for the integration of glass materials into additive manufacturing.

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Flexible glass lab-on-a-chip devices as medical sensors

    Medical diagnostics have come a long way,  this is no surprise in an age when robots can read your mind and driverless cars are becoming reality. Take for instance blood tests: they usually require you to part with several vials of your blood, can take weeks to provide results, and can come with a pretty hefty price tag.
 Now  there is some interesting novelty  in the branch:They’re called lab-on-a-chip—tiny devices that shrink the components of a full laboratory down to a tiny scale. And they’re incredibly valuable because lab-on-a-chip devices reduce the equipment, consumables, resources, sample quantity, and personnel required for laboratory-based diagnostic tests. It miniaturizes and compacts all the different processes that a researcher or a technician in the diagnostic lab uses.These types of rapid medical diagnostics might soon become reality by incorporating one of our favorite materials—glass.

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Glass research helps colorblind people see true colors

Photo: Faye Oney 

There are about 300 million colourblind people around the globe. According to the National Eye Institute, 8% of men and 0.5% of women have the most common form of color blindness, which is red-green colorblindness. This mild disability, also known as color vision deficiency (CVD), is inherited—men are more likely to be colorblind than women because the gene for the trait is on the X chromosome.

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The Smart Plant of the Future

Heye International :
Mark Ziegler, Marketing Manager,Heye International, describes Heye International’s vision for a Smart Plant of the future, and the technology it has available today that will help glass plants to implement the principles of Industry 4.0.

 Information integrationis among the many exciting challenges posed by Industry 4.0, employing concepts that make extensive use of sensors, the processing of collected data and its intelligent analysis. Experts believe that the fourth industrial revolution could be widely adopted throughout industry within 20 years and Heye International is already working to adapt the best concepts to the glass container manufacturing process today.

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Guardian Glass to Add Jumbo Coater

Dramatically Expands Architects’ Options

Guardian Glass is installing a jumbo coater in North America to serve its North America commercial glass customers. The investment was approved by the Guardian Industries Corp. Board of Directors.


    Architects are increasingly designing projects with larger glass sizes. Adding the ability to coat jumbo-sized glass means Guardian can supply bigger sheets of coated glass to its customers for fabrication into finished sizes for glass facades and windows. This supports the architectural trend to more expansive views and higher daylight penetration in buildings with the world-class energy savings of the Guardian SunGuard® portfolio of high performance, low-E coatings.
  For U.S. projects such as the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University - one of the first Zaha Hadid-designed buildings in America - Guardian supplied jumbo-sized coated glass from one of its plants in Europe, which has had this capability for some time. “The new coater will allow us to deliver jumbo-sized glass to our North American customers with significantly reduced lead times,” explains Chris Dolan, Director of Marketing, Guardian Glass North America.

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Guardian Glass considers second float glass facility in Poland

  Guardian Glass has assigned US$1.5 million for detailed engineering designs and site reviews for a potential second float glass facility in Poland.
Guardian Glass currently operates a float glass plant in Czestochowa, Poland and is considering adding capacity with a second plant to meet its customers’ growing demand for coated and fabricated glass products in both the commercial and residential sectors.

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Visiting the plant where Gorilla Glass was developed

The birthplace of Gorilla Glass resides in a small town in Kentucky's Bluegrass region. Find out how the glass was originally developed, and how it ended up on 4.5 billion devices worldwide.


The Corning plant in Harrodsburg, Ky.

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Inside the factory

The plant itself is nondescript, sitting in a mostly residential neighborhood in Harrodsburg. But inside, it's as if Willy Wonka's chocolate factory has come to life, but with glass instead of delicious candy being produced. On the ground floor, a plethora of workers bustle about, carting giant rolls of Willow Glass, and moving vast sheets of Gorilla Glass.



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Şişecam opens two new plants in Tatarstan

  Şişecam Group, a global player with its production activities in 13 countries, sales in 150 countries and over 21,000 employees, has lastly invested in the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation in accordance with the Group's vision of ranking among the top three global manufacturers.
   The official opening ceremony of the flat glass and automotive glass production plants established with a total investment of USD 310 million was held with the presence of Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Economy, Republic of Turkey and Rustam Minnihanov, Tatarstan President, as well as administrative and diplomatic representatives of the Republic of Turkey, Russian Federation and Republic of Tatarstan.

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Pilkington set to save £2m with Siemens contract

A new contract with Siemens means that glassmaker Pilkington are set to save approximately £2 million at two of their manufacturing sites in St Helens over the next five years.
Siemens will provide Pilkington with the latest energy-saving technology, both from its own portfolio and those of other manufacturers. The two companies have developed a glass energy service proposition, named the Siemens Energy Partnerships initiative, to address the specific needs of the glass industry. The partnership also offers maintenance and reliability improvements, which will be reinforced by Siemens’ warranty and servicing provision.

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OI invests in Italian plant upgrade

  Owens-Illinois, a world leading manufacturer of glass packaging, has recently invested €25 million to upgrade the capabilities and sustainability of its Origgio plant in Italy.
   The modernization of the plant has primarily involved the complete refurbishment of the glass furnace. O-I also has installed advanced control software to enhance the comprehensive management of the production process with great advantages in terms of safety. Further investment in forming machines improve the sustainability and energy efficiency of the entire plant, which will be able to produce containers with lower average weights than before.

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Glass avalanches help explain phenomenon behind energy-saving technique

Charles McLaren  and Himanshu Jain from Lehigh University have gained knowledge
into how applying a direct current field across glass reduces its melting temperature

  Earlier this year, we reported on how a team of scientists led by Lehigh University researcher Himanshu Jain was pioneering a technique called electric field-induced softening that used an electric field to lower the intense amount of heat needed to form glass.
 Although the team’s results offered exciting implications for reducing the high energy requirements of glass processing—and also offered interesting possibilities for micro- and nano-structuring of glass that is not possible with other techniques—the scientists didn’t understand why it was happening.

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Scientists find the temperature at which glass becomes a liquid

    Inert gas permeation, a technique developed at PNNL, is used to investigate the formation of stable glasses. The stability of glass is not meant in terms of normal household usage, the stability of glass affects areas as diverse as nuclear waste storage, pharmaceuticals, and ice cream.
    Recently, chemical physicists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory made a key discovery about how glass forms. They discovered that the temperature at which glass-forming materials are deposited on a substrate affects the stability. Their findings show the ability of a technique called inert gas permeation to tell at what temperature a solid "melts." Their work brings more understanding to the fundamental properties of glass.

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3D laser-engraved glass is 200 times stronger

Scanning electron micrograph of nacre nanobricks.

Credit: F. Heinemann; Wikimedia Creative Commons License.
That pretty layer on the picture  is called nacre, and it’s what makes seashells strong and durable. Nacre’s “work of fracture is 3,000 times greater than that of pure ceramic,” mostly because of its ingenious structure.  It’s composed of a form of calcium carbonate called aragonite that is arranged in repetitive nanoscale bricks, like a tiny mason was commissioned to build each mollusk’s seashell home, nanobrick by nanobrick (see image to the right). Those bricks provide structure and stability, and they are separated by layers of elastic biopolymer that give the nacre flexibility and durability.

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