Industrial glass is used wherever thick, highly durable material is needed. Uses include windowpanes, bottles, light bulbs and even fiber optics. Because of the variety of industries in which industrial glass is used, there are naturally many choices when it comes to choosing glass for your business.
Industrial Glass: Types and Applications
Soda-lime glass is probably the most common in industrial glass because it can be strengthened with heat or chemicals. It is used to create most planes of flat glass (which are also known as sheet glass or plate glass). Flat glass is used for windows, glass doors or transparent walls in buildings and windshields in automobiles.
Borosilicate glass is known for offering excellent chemical protection and the ability withstand high temperatures and endure the rigors of thermal expansion.
Float glass is made mostly from soda-lime glass, though some is made from specialty borosilicate glass. It is created by floating molten glass overtop of molten tin, giving a flat, uniform thickness that is used often in modern windows.
Glass ceramics are ceramic sheets that have been fired to give them glass-like properties, principally transparency or semi-transparency. Glass ceramics remain stable even when exposed to wild temperature fluctuations and are typically used in high-heat applications.
Safety glass – which breaks into small pieces rather than large, jagged, dangerous ones – is used in automobiles. There are two different types of safety glass that can be used in cars, safety goggles or buildings: laminated glass and tempered glass. Laminated glass is two pieces of glass laminated together with a thin sheet of plastic, and tempered glass is strengthened with a specialized heat treatment.
Though not used exclusively for cars and trucks, polarized glass is used in windshields to help reduce glare from the sun and road that can present driving hazards. This type of glass has a polarizing filter in it that scatters light at certain angles. Its applications don't end there, though. Liquid crystal displays (LCDs) start out as two pieces of polarized glass, and eventually become display screens for laptop computers, lights, digital clocks and other electronic devices – many of which can also be found inside your vehicle.