2015 SCHOTT Innovation Award: And the winner is…
With the SCHOTT Innovation Award, SCHOTT honors outstanding product innovations that have successfully established themselves on the market. This year’s award was presented to SCHOTT Pharmaceutical Systems. An expert team here developed a new design for SCHOTT TopPac® polymer syringes that allows for these syringes to be used with particularly viscous medicines, hyaluronic acid in the cosmetic field, for example. Furthermore, optimized siliconization ensures that the plunger of the syringe glides more evenly. This innovation allows for safer administration and greater comfort for the patient.
BOROFLOAT® - For a more durable view
Sight glasses are used in many different industries such as oil and gas manufacturing, chemistry, food processing and agriculture, for instance. When used in manufacturing facilities, it allows for substances to be monitored and irregularities that could cause malfunctions or result in safety issues to be identified very quickly. With its BOROFLOAT® borosilicate glass, SCHOTT offers a high-quality material for use in producing sight glasses. This special type of glass allows for uninhibited viewing of flow levels, colors and changes in condition and also resists extreme temperatures, pressures and aggressive chemical substances.
Tiny, but Robust
The world’s smallest completely autoclavable high-power LED is only two millimiters in diameter. SCHOTT now offers it as an illumination solution for use mainly in dental and medical technology devices such as dental hand pieces, cameras, UV curing devices, endoscopes and surgical instruments. The mini LED opens up new design possibilities. In addition, the tiny light source can be guided closer to the area in need of examination. Thanks to its gas-tight housing made of inorganic materials that don’t age, this new development is extremely robust. Tests confirm that it stands up to chemicals, corrosion, pressure and shifts in temperature. The reason: its housing is gas-tight and made of inorganic materials that do not age.
SCHOTT CONTURAN® DARO: Coating that protects against fingerprints
SCHOTT now offers a unique solution for large format professional touch displays that resists annoying fingerprints and soiling. In this case, a multifunctional DARO coating (DARO = durable, anti-reflective, oleophobic) has been applied to the technical glass CONTURAN®. The durable, oleophobic, and anti-reflective coating clearly resists fingerprints and water and allows for displays that offer high contrast even in bright environments. It is therefore ideal for use in technical or public displays that are used in interactive kiosk systems in public places, casino game consoles, and to equip devices that are used in marine and medical technology.
Open doors as if by magic
Now, supermarket customers can open the glass doors of refrigeration cabinets without even touching them. As soon as the customer’s hand approaches the glass door, it quietly slides to the side. This magical shopping experience is made possible by SCHOTT Termofrost® Smart Access, a system that consists of refrigeration units, doors, and LED lighting. Advantages: the automatic opening feature is convenient and hygienic, and the customer always has both hands free to remove foods. Furthermore, the frameless, nearly invisible glass doors elegantly slide to the side and do not protrude into the aisle. SmartAccess sets the stage for chilled foods in an experience-oriented manner and creates new buying impulses in food retailing.
Solar streetlights – strong thanks to special glass
The Dutch start-up FlexSol Solutions has developed an innovative solution for grid-independent lighting. With these solar streetlights, curved solar cells have been integrated into a lamppost. To ensure that “Soluxio” meets not only aesthetic demands, but also stands up to severe weather and environmental conditions, these sensitive solar cells are protected by high-quality DURAN® glass tubes from SCHOTT. Lennart Van den Berg, CEO of FlexSol Solutions: “We are experimenting a lot with glass , and are also using DURAN® glass tubes in many other products.” Following the introduction of these large solar lights, a smaller version for sidewalks will also be launched.
SCHOTT CONTURAX®: The Algae Turbo
For even more effective industrial cultivation of algae SCHOTT developed oval glass tubes. In photobioreactors the special shape of CONTURAX® oval tubes allows the light that algae require for photosynthesis to be utilized better. In photobioreactors the green single cell organisms find optimal growth conditions, the risk of contamination is low and important parameters can be controlled. Rich in valuable ingredients, algae have very versatile uses, from food supplements to animal feed, biofuels, fertilizers , and ingredients for medications and cosmetics. Thanks to its tubular components of borosilicate glass, SCHOTT is an important partner to the algae industry and is conducting research at further development of the technology together with its project partners.
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.
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