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5G Wireless: Building the Next Generation

Corning will supply Verizon with up to 20 million kilometers of optical fiber annually.

     Imagine data zooming to and from your device 100 times faster than it can today, making the dreaded spinning buffering wheel a woe of the past. The ever-developing telecom industry is trending in an exciting new direction – 5G. 5G will deliver fiber-like speeds over a wireless connection. “Wireless is not that wireless,” said Clark Kinlin, executive vice president, Corning Incorporated. He added, an advanced fiber framework must be in place before progress in 5G can be made.

   Corning plays a leading role in this transformation. From large datacenters to the connections to your home, Corning enables the fiber network infrastructure. This means Corning’s fiber dictates the coverage and capacity of the networks that you’re probably utilizing right now.

Clever coating opens door to smart windows

Mohammad Taha shows off the ultrathin coating developer at  RMIT University

New ultra-thin coating responds to heat and cold

Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne Australia have developed a new ultra-thin coating that responds to heat and cold, opening the door to "smart windows". The self-modifying coating, which is a thousand times thinner than a human hair, works by automatically letting in more heat when it's cold and blocking the sun's rays when it's hot.

  Smart windows have the ability to naturally regulate temperatures inside a building, leading to major environmental benefits and significant financial savings.Lead investigator Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran said the breakthrough will help meet future energy needs and create temperature-responsive buildings.

  "We are making it possible to manufacture smart windows that block heat during summer and retain heat inside when the weather cools," Bhaskaran said. "We lose most of our energy in buildings through windows. This makes maintaining buildings at a certain temperature a very wasteful and unavoidable process.

Scientists Print Nanoscale Imaging Probe onto Tip of Optical Fiber

A new process called fiber nanoimprinting is accelerating the fabrication of nano-optical devices,
such as this pyramid-shaped Campanile probe imprinted on an optical
fiber (captured in a scanning electron microscope image).
The gold layer is added after imprinting. The gap at the top is 70 nanometers wide.
(Credit: Berkeley Lab)

  Combining speed with incredible precision, a team of researchers has developed a way to print a nanoscale imaging probe onto the tip of a glass fiber as thin as a human hair, accelerating the production of the promising new device from several per month to several per day.

  The high-throughput fabrication technique opens the door for the widespread adoption of this and other nano-optical structures, which squeeze and manipulate light in ways that are unachievable by conventional optics.     

  Nano-optics have the potential to be used for imaging, sensing, and spectroscopy, and could help scientists improve solar cells, design better drugs, and make faster semiconductors. A big obstacle to the technology’s commercial use, however, is its time-consuming production process.

New Optic Cable Manufacturing Facility

Corning

 Corning formally opened a new cable manufacturing facility in Newton, North Carolina, in the latest expansion  to meet growing worldwide demand for its optical fiber and cable.

   The facility, which will employ more than 200 people, is part of Corning’s previously announced plan to invest more than $250 million in its optical fiber, cable, and solutions manufacturing facilities. In North Carolina, Corning is expanding its fiber manufacturing facility near Concord and its cable facilities in Winston-Salem and Hickory, in addition to opening the Newton plant.

SCHOTT launches new high-powered laser glass

APG-760, a phosphate glass, features impressive thermomechanical strength and superior optical capabilities. It is ideal for laser shot peening and other material processing applications.

 

The new APG-760 phosphate laser glass  developer  by SCHOTT  for laser peening

                                                                                                                  . Photo: SCHOTT

 

Laser shot peening is a method of strengthening metal materials through the use of high-powered lasers. It improves fatigue, corrosion and cracking resistance, and is commonly used in jet engines, airplane wings, manufacturing equipment, and medical implants. 
Typically, laser glass for high-powered applications involves tradeoffs between the strength of glass and laser output. Improved glass strength results in reduced laser output, but improved laser strength requires stronger glass.

Heinz-Glas benefits from Iris inspection solutions in Poland

The Polish subsidiary of Heinz-Glas has taken delivery of its first non-contact inspection equipment from Iris Inspection machines in recent weeks. Designed specifically for the inspection of perfume and cosmetics ware that requires the highest level of perfection, two Evolution Ultimate 4 machines have been installed on the flint cosmetics line in Dzialdowo.

  This follows the glassmaker’s acquisition of the first Evolution Ultimate 4 design for its Klein Tettau glassworks in Bavaria, southern Germany. Evolution Ultimate 4 is a compact version of the Evolution Ultimate non-contact inspection solution from Iris Inspection machines, requiring an area of one metre on the cold end conveyor, thanks to its innovative features.

  Both machine designs run the same software and inspection tools, in addition to which their hardware has been specially developed to limit maintenance downtime.

The machine has been designed for the inspection of sidewall defects such as stones, blisters and inclusions, as well as deformations and verticality defects, plus the detection of uneven glass distribution in the base.

In addition, the Evolution Ultimate 4 machine can detect such transparent cosmetic defects as oil and lap marks, surface blisters, orange skin, tears and wash boards.

Solar glass blocks generate electricity while insulating buildings

This sturdy glass structure has been around since the late 1800s, when Gustave Falconnier,an early inventor of glass bricks, used a process to blow glass into a mold. Falconnier’s glass block has since been improved upon and used in architecture and construction. In the 1930s, they appeared in thirteen futuristic houses displayed at the Chicago World Fair.

  Although very trendy in the 1980s,glass block’s popularity continues to ebb and flow. While there appears to be an ongoing debate as to the value and aesthetic of glass block, it looks like current designers are getting more creative with glass block for contemporary applications.

Glass with switchable opacity could improve solar cells and LEDs

Researchers created a new type of glass that is etched with nanograss structures. The top image shows that text can be read through normal flat glass, while the glass etched with nanostructure scatters light, making the glass appear opaque.
Using nanoscale grass-like structures, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have created glass that lets through a large amount of light while appearing hazy. This is the first time that glass has been made with such high levels of haze and light transmittance at the same time, a combination of properties that could help boost the performance of solar cells and LEDs.

78th Conference on Glass Problems

Columbus: record attendance at
 
  More than 560 people converged upon the Greater Columbus Convention Center November 6-9, 2017 for the 78th annual Conference on Glass Problems (GPC). The conference brings together global manufacturers, suppliers, and academics to exchange innovations and solutions.
  The conference featured technical sessions addressing manufacturing issues, citing real-world data from manufacturers and solutions providers. The plenary session started with remarks from Lipetz, and program director S.K. Sundaram of Alfred University, and the keynote address from David Pye, who made the case for the arrival of the “Glass Age.” Pye is professor of glass science (emeritus) and past president of The American Ceramic Society
  Tom Cleary, research manager at Corning, Inc., discussed his research to bring thin, lightweight glass to the automotive industry; Paul Woskov, senior research engineer at MIT, spoke about gyrotron based melting; Reinhard Conradt, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, (retired) spoke about the relation between furnace efficiency and the physics and chemistry of the melting process; and Erik Muijsenberg, vice president of glass service, made the case for how ‘Industrial Revolution 4.0’—complete automation—will impact the glass industry. Rounding out the plenary session was current Alfred University president Mark Zupan, who celebrated all of the great glass innovators who came out of Alfred University.
 
 


Plenary session at the 78th Glass Problems Conference. Credit: ACerS

 

Four Italian Glass Machinery Suppliers Launch Industry 4.0 Project

  During Vitrum 2017, Italian glass processing companies Cugher Glass, Iocco, Mappi International and Triulzi Cesare Special Equipments Srl launched Project 4X4.0, a partnership between glass processing companies to help customers meet the demands of Industry 4.0.
  The partnership provides the glass fabrication industry with a single entity that can guarantee delivery of a completely automatic smart glass processing line by integrating the various areas of competence and related production chains of the four partner companies, according to a joint company press release.
    The project meets goals set out by the Italian government in Piano Industria 4.0—a plan to upgrade Italian industry to Industry 4.0. Piano Industria 4.0 provides support and investment in innovative development that drives adoption of Industry 4.0. According to the project release, the four companies have combined their forces to launch a product in conformity with the technological production trend the industrial plan was intended to foster.

AGC and Kinestral Technologies Collaborate to Accelerate Global Adoption of Halio

  AGC Asahi Glass, a manufacturer of glass, chemicals, and high-tech materials, and Kinestral Technologies, maker of Halio smart-tinting glass, today announced the creation of three joint venture companies that will sell, distribute and service Halio to the global market.
 Formed to accelerate the adoption of Halio, the new ventures – Halio North America, Halio International and Halio China – will be the exclusive sales and marketing agents for Halio smart-tinting glass in the commercial and residential housing industries. Halio China includes a third partner: G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. (GTOC), a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group.  The three partners have been introducing Halio in their respective markets since the product was first unveiled in January. The joint ventures were formed to meet worldwide demand.

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