Innovations and product-highlights
SCHOTT POWERAMIC™: New Glass-Ceramic Power
SCHOTT has developed a unique new class of dielectric materials for use in high voltage capacitors called POWERAMIC™. These glass-ceramics offer extremely high energy storage density and excellent dielectric properties even at high temperatures. Their storage density is exceeding that of current capacitor solutions by a factor of up to ten. They allow for smaller and lighter capacitors with higher power density in high voltage applications. These types of components are used in excimer lasers for industrial and medical applications, for medical X-ray equipment, industrial high voltage supply systems, and power grids for renewable energy.
New offers for biotech applications
For the growing market of life sciences, such as microfluidics or next generation sequencing, SCHOTT developed its own microstructuring technology that enables structures less than 100 microns in diameter to be applied to glass substrates. Borosilicate glass types D263®T eco, MEMPax® and BOROFLOAT® as well as the highly transparent ultra-white crown glass B270®i are well suited for this process. NEXTERION® substrates are now available pre-scribed to final format.
SCHOTT faceplates: Smart Fiber Optics for Use in Modern Radiology
SCHOTT has expanded its product range in the area of medical technology to include new monolithic faceplates. The RFG92 fiber optic faceplates fully meet Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) standards because they are manufactured without using lead additives. Areas of application include digital x-ray sensors that employ complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) technology. The faceplates are serially produced in sizes up to 320 mm by 320 mm.
SCHOTT HTCC multilayer ceramics:
Flight into space
SCHOTT and Tesat-Spacecom developed a packaging solution for a gallium nitride power amplifier for use in space. The package features hermetically sealed HTCC multilayer ceramics as high-frequency feedthroughs made by SCHOTT. It successfully supports the communication unit of ESA’s satellite Proba-V , which was launched in May 2013 to observe our planet‘s vegetation.
SCHOTT Vials DC: Minimizing risks
Recalls of pharmaceuticals clearly show that the problem of delamination is one of the top priority issues for the pharmaceutical industry. Delamination is a term used to describe the peeling of inorganic flakes from the inner glass surface of a pharmaceutical vial as a result of interaction with its contents. SCHOTT is now the first manufacturer to offer pharmaceutical vials that lower the risk of delamination, which can be determined with the help of a threshold value. SCHOTT Vials DC (DC=delamination controlled) were made possible by an optimized manufacturing technique and a patented Quicktest.
SCHOTT adaptiQ™: Ready-to-use vials
SCHOTT has developed a new system for ready-to-use pharmaceutical vials in close cooperation with filling line manufacturers to meet the process requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. SCHOTT adaptiQ™ consists of a nest and tub configuration that allows for as many as 100 vials to be securely fixed inside a holder (nest) and delivered to the pharmaceutical company packaged in a sterile container. The patented nest design of adaptiQ allows for direct filling, freeze-drying, weighing and closing inside the nest. At the same time, the glass containers are protected so that they do not come into contact with each other or machine components.
“Roll-to-Roll” Video: Rolling Ultra-Thin Glass On and Off
A new SCHOTT video trailer shows how innovative roll-to roll processing (R2R) of ultra-thin glass works. It includes a demonstration of how a roll-off/roll-on device continuously feeds a roll of ultra-thin glass that is 12 meters long, 50 microns thick, and 500 mm in width. The device continuously rolls it off and on again. R2R technology will enable SCHOTT Advanced Optics’ customers to explore new production and product design possibilities.
SCHOTT SmartTouch: Discrete control
Push buttons, knobs and sliders in electronic devices are often somewhat disturbing to the eye. Minimalistic design of control elements now intuitively points the way. This is made possible by creating discrete dimples in glass surfaces. With “SmartTouch,”
SCHOTT has developed a technology that allows for these to be ground and positioned so precisely that electronic switches can be applied behind them. SCHOTT “SmartTouch” makes it possible to produce attractive design and operating approaches for household appliances, entertainment electronics, as well as medical technology and industry.
SCHOTT HelioJet: Feeling comfortable above the clouds
Light plays an important role in creating a feel-good atmosphere on board an airplane. Now, an LED cabin lighting solution called HelioJet that SCHOTT and Lufthansa Technik developed together helps to achieve this goal. The lighting system has been approved for use in the A320 family and can already be found in an Airbus A319 where it provides white light and creates an extremely homogeneous and pleasant atmosphere on board. HelioJet significantly reduces maintenance costs and requires only about 1/5 as many light-emitting diodes as other LED solutions. These LED lights are also considerably more environmentally compatible than conventional fluorescent lamps.
CONTURAX® UV: Destroy germs right where the water is tapped
A compact glass reactor that SCHOTT has developed is ideally suited for disinfecting drinking water directly at the point of use, in faucets or medical devices, for example. CONTURAX® UV features cavities for UV lamps. A special coating keeps the light inside the glass so that even weaker UV sources such as UV cold cathode lamps or UV LEDs can destroy germs and prevent mutations and resistant germs from spreading.
SCHOTT MetalLook: Glass that looks like metal
SCHOTT MetalLook allows for trendy and luxurious design and combines the material advantages of glass with the luxurious look of stainless steel. This modern, smooth surface for use in household appliances or the control elements of electric devices is not only easy to clean, but also offers new design options. For example, fine logos, lines or symbols can be applied to the surface of control elements. SCHOTT developed a new, patent-pending technique for manufacturing MetalLook that includes a multiphase process during which the structural effects and metal coating are applied.
SCHOTT® SeeClear: A new look for espresso machines
The innovative touch control panels that Quality Espresso, a manufacturer of commercial espresso machines, has realized in its latest products with the help of SCHOTT® SeeClear are quite striking, user-friendly and easy to clean. The reflective and heat-resistant safety glasses give these machines a unique appearance and highlight the symbols and letters with 3D effects. The models with the new look will be available in 2014.