Quality and Safety
One of the most important tasks of the Technical Physics Department is to assess and improve the reliability of products in collaboration with customers. “By reliability we mean that glass articles are not only of the required quality at the time of delivery but also work properly for a long time to come,” explains Dr. Nattermann.
For reasons of product safety and product liability, it is important to ensure that glass articles withstand further processing at the customer’s plant without suffering damage to the material. This applies, for example, to fiber optic image and light guides that are being used increasingly in IT networks. The long-term strength of optical fibers is a key factor determining the reliability of data communication and data processing systems. Even minute flaws can reduce the strength of optical fibers and even flawless fibers can break in time due to unfavorable environmental influences. The Analysis and Measurement Department developed an enhanced test procedure to determine the strength of glass fibers.
Time Accelerated Aging Processes
Computerized Product Optimization