Innovations and product-highlights

The glass experts at SCHOTT are already developing solutions for the energy landscape of the future. After all, this material is indispensable in many interfaces – and the possibilities are far from being fully realized. Whether it's in high-temperature fuel cells, high-performance lithium ion batteries, future generations of batteries for electric cars with longer ranges or switching elements and capacitors for use in high-voltage technology, glasses and glass-ceramics from SCHOTT enable electricity to flow and thus help to shape the energy turnaround.

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.

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.

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 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.
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.
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 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.
It is environmentally friendly, offers better performance characteristics and customers simply love it: the high-tech optical glass fiber PURAVIS®. These glass fibers that are now available in three different versions were just presented with the newly established SCHOTT Innovation Award for their successful market launch. With PURAVIS®, SCHOTT underscores its unique responsibility for the environment and supports its customers with their green product strategies. PURAVIS® is manufactured without using lead. The newly developed, environmentally friendly manufacturing process does not use arsenic or antimony either. According to Product Manager Karen Holst, it also meets future environmental requirements. “Every product that contains PURAVIS® already meets both the current and future EU regulations RoHS and REACH,” she notes.
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 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.

SCHOTT and Tesat-Spacecom developed a packaging solution for a gallium nitride power amplifier for use in space. The package features hermetically sealed HTCC multilayer ceramics as high-frequency feedthroughs made by SCHOTT. It successfully supports the communication unit of ESA’s satellite Proba-V , which was launched  in May 2013 to observe our planet‘s vegetation.
Recalls of pharmaceuticals clearly show that the problem of delamination is one of the top priority issues for the pharmaceutical industry. Delamination is a term used to describe the peeling of inorganic flakes from the inner glass surface of a pharmaceutical vial as a result of interaction with its contents. SCHOTT is now the first manufacturer to offer pharmaceutical vials that lower the risk of delamination, which can be determined with the help of a threshold value. SCHOTT Vials DC (DC=delamination controlled) were made possible by an optimized manufacturing technique and a patented Quicktest.
SCHOTT has developed a new system for ready-to-use pharmaceutical vials in close cooperation with filling line manufacturers to meet the process requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. SCHOTT adaptSCHOTT iQ® consists of a nest and tub configuration that allows for as many as 100 vials to be securely fixed inside a holder (nest) and delivered to the pharmaceutical company packaged in a sterile container. The patented nest design of adaptSCHOTT iQ® allows for direct filling, freeze-drying, weighing and closing inside the nest. At the same time, the glass containers are protected so that they do not come into contact with each other or machine components.
A new SCHOTT video trailer shows how innovative roll-to roll processing (R2R) of ultra-thin glass works. It includes a demonstration of how a roll-off/roll-on device continuously feeds a roll of ultra-thin glass that is 12 meters long, 50 microns thick, and 500 mm in width. The device continuously rolls it off and on again. R2R technology will enable SCHOTT Advanced Optics’ customers to explore new production and product design possibilities.
Push buttons, knobs and sliders in electronic devices are often somewhat disturbing to the eye. Minimalistic design of control elements now intuitively points the way. This is made possible by creating discrete dimples in glass surfaces. With “Smart Touch,”
SCHOTT has developed a technology that allows for these to be ground and positioned so precisely that electronic switches can be applied behind them. SCHOTT “Smart Touch” makes it possible to produce attractive design and operating approaches for household appliances, entertainment electronics, as well as medical technology and industry.
Light plays an important role in creating a feel-good atmosphere on board an airplane. Now, an LED cabin lighting solution called HelioJet that SCHOTT and Lufthansa Technik developed together helps to achieve this goal. The lighting system has been approved for use in the A320 family and can already be found in an Airbus A319 where it provides white light and creates an extremely homogeneous and pleasant atmosphere on board. HelioJet significantly reduces maintenance costs and requires only about 1/5 as many light-emitting diodes as other LED solutions. These LED lights are also considerably more environmentally compatible than conventional fluorescent lamps.
SCHOTT MetalLook allows for trendy and luxurious design and combines the material advantages of glass with the luxurious look of stainless steel. This modern, smooth surface for use in household appliances or the control elements of electric devices is not only easy to clean, but also offers new design options. For example, fine logos, lines or symbols can be applied to the surface of control elements. SCHOTT developed a new, patent-pending technique for manufacturing MetalLook that includes a multiphase process during which the structural effects and metal coating are applied.
The innovative touch control panels that Quality Espresso, a manufacturer of commercial espresso machines, has realized in its latest products with the help of SCHOTT® SeeClear are quite striking, user-friendly and easy to clean. The reflective and heat-resistant safety glasses give these machines a unique appearance and highlight the symbols and letters with 3D effects. The models with the new look will be available in 2014.