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01-24-2012, SCHOTT North America

SCHOTT Showcases New Product Offerings with Multiple Applications at Photonics West

January 24, 2012 (San Francisco, CA at Photonics West) – This week at Photonics West, SCHOTT North America, Inc. is announcing new products from several of its business units. Visitors to the SCHOTT booth (#1601) will have the chance to speak with SCHOTT representatives to learn more about these new products, and, in some cases, get to see product demonstrations taking place during the conference.

First at Photonics West, SCHOTT is launching PURAVISTM premium quality glass optical fibers. One of the most exciting advantages PURAVISTM offers is the outstanding transmission of white light. Due to the lower color shift, illuminated objects retain their natural color, even if the fibers are used in long light guides, making PURAVISTM well suited for medical applications such as endoscopy and surgical microscopy. Another advantage of PURAVISTM is its superior longevity, achieved by improved chemical stability and low solarization, which is particularly important for medical reprocessing like autoclaving or cleaning, but also for outdoor applications. PURAVISTM is also lead-free and the entire manufacturing process is environmentally friendly. There will be a product demo of PURAVISTM at Photonics West on Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m. PT in Demo Area 2 in the North Hall.

SCHOTT is also introducing two new filter glass types: BG60 and BG61. Offering outstanding climatic resistance, these Blue Glass (BG) filters are suited to cut the infrared from the visible light, useful in digital camera applications. BG60 and BG61 have been designed to perform in difficult environments and their surfaces stay corrosion-free for hundreds of hours. BG filters can be used in a wide range of applications including medical, imaging, surveillance and industrial applications, such as airport lighting and laser safety applications. There will be a product demo of BG60 and BG61 at Photonics West on Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m. PT in Demo Area 1 in the South Hall.

Also during Photonics West, SCHOTT will be introducing MEMpax®, a new, thinner, high-quality borosilicate glass, to the market for use in micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) technology. It will be available in thicknesses from 1.1 mm down to even 0.03 mm without further processing such as grinding, lapping and polishing. MEMpax has a fire-polished surface and the same physical, thermal and chemical properties as Borofloat® 33, a product widely used in the MEMS industry. Due to a modified manufacturing process, significant quality advantages are achieved, which makes this new development very beneficial for the MEMS and other thin borosilicate glass markets. Additional applications for MEMpax include all areas where glass-silicon compounds play a role.

Rounding out the announcements from SCHOTT is that SUPREMAX® 33 rolled borosilicate glass is becoming the glass of choice for telescope and other optical applications. SUPREMAX 33 glass is made by utilizing SCHOTT’s unique rolling technology - the ideal process to produce thicker sheets for applications like telescope mirrors and lenses. SUPREMAX 33 from SCHOTT replaces Corning’s PYREX®, which is no longer available on the market. SUPREMAX 33 offers the qualities of low thermal expansion, high thermal resistance, excellent light transmission and impressive chemical durability, and is available in a wide range of thicknesses (up to 66.7 mm).

“At SCHOTT we have a long history of developing and manufacturing special glass, special materials, components and systems to improve how people live and work,” said Linda Mayer, President & CEO, SCHOTT North America, Inc. “We are thrilled to once again have the opportunity to attend Photonics West and demonstrate to the photonics, biophotonics and laser communities how our new product offerings will do just that.”

SCHOTT is also pleased to announce that Christopher Ries, internationally renowned glass sculptor from Tunkhannock, PA, will exhibit some of his glass sculptures at booth #1236 in the South Hall during Photonics West. Ries’ chosen medium is precision optical glass from SCHOTT, and he works in concert with SCHOTT at the company’s Duryea, PA facility. Ries designs and executes massive sculptures, utilizing SCHOTT’s melting, fabricating, and handling expertise. Christopher Ries exhibits his sculptures internationally and his work is in notable public and private collections.

PYREX® is a registered trademark of Corning, Inc.
SUPREMAX® is a registered trademark of SCHOTT AG
PURAVISTM is a trademark of SCHOTT AG

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SCHOTT North America
Matthew Kraft
555 Taxter Road
Elmsford, NY 10523
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