Porous Glass as a Desiccant
Porous glass can act as an effective desiccant to preserve precision and functionality in medical, optics, and CO2 laser applications.
The function and importance of desiccants
Desiccants are substances that act as drying or dehumidifying agents. The most well-known example of a desiccant comes in the form of a small silica-filled bag that is typically found in consumer products packaging. These packets keep things dry during shipping and storage. SCHOTT porous glasses perform an essentially identical function as silica packets. While silica packets keep a general environment of low moisture, SCHOTT porous glasses – with their rigidity and fully customizable shaping options – enable the desiccant to be tailored to the space and affixed securely. This is advantageous in uses where even minute moisture presence can be damaging.
Porous glass can serve as a highly effective desiccant in medical applications to prevent damaging moisture buildup in sensitive electronics. Flexible customization enables easy integration with minimal to no changes needed to existing device designs.
Porous glass is an ideal choice to serve as an effective desiccant for moisture prevention precision optical devices. Effective weather sealing in combination with rigid custom fitment of porous glass directly around sensitive laser components affords piece of mind for uncompromised performance in all types of conditions.
Placing porous glass in CO2 lasers to act as a desiccant can address concerns regarding moisture intrusion, which can negatively affect safe functionality. The moisture mitigation delivered by porous glass can help effectively promote the precision, functionality, and lifespan of CO2 laser systems.