The Chairman of the SCHOTT Board of Management,
Dr. Frank Heinricht (center), praised the 17-member interdisciplinary Puravis® team for its outstanding collaboration at the award ceremony.
Photo: SCHOTT/K. Schäfer
Green the winner
An interdisciplinary team was awarded the newly created 2014 SCHOTT Innovation Award for developing PURAVIS® environmentally-friendly, high-performance fibers.
The goal that the 17-member team from the SCHOTT Business Units Lighting & Imaging, Advanced Optics and Research & Development and Technical Services had set for themselves when the project kicked off in 2008 was indeed ambitious. They developed a new glass formula that does without lead to produce the new high-performance fibers. This was unlike many other conventional types of glass and glass fibers that contain lead in order to achieve high optical light refraction. At the same time, their goal was also to eliminate using the refining agents arsenic and antimony in the manufacturing process. One reason for this was that they wanted to underscore their special responsibility to the environment, and they were also interested in assisting customers with their green product strategies. ”Of course we wanted our fibers to be better than the fibers our competitors provide, and we wanted to convince our customers of the advantages our fibers offer,” explains the Project Manager, Dr. Peter Naß from SCHOTT Research & Development.
The newly created annual SCHOTT Innovation Award was presented in 2014 for the first time based on criteria including benefits, technology and product characteristics. Photo: SCHOTT/ A. Sell
Exceeded development goal: PURAVIS® glass fiber is not only ”green,” but also offers improved performance parameters.
Photo: SCHOTT/ T. Lohnes
PURAVIS® eco-friendly glass optical fibers
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