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Glass Made of Ideas
Posted On: August 12, 2014

By: Karen Wegert

This post is part of our “Tough as Glass” series.

Fireplaces are the centerpiece of many homes, adding warmth and aesthetic appeal. Glass-sealed fireplaces offer the beauty of a natural fire while securing soot, ash, and flames behind a glass-ceramic barrier that must withstand extreme heat and cooling. In order to ensure that barrier remains intact despite the heat of the fire and the potential for breakage and thermal shock, SCHOTT puts its ROBAX glass-ceramic through three major tests. [...] » Read More
Posted On: July 29, 2014

By: Jim Stein

History teaches that to observe, and then to understand, is the first step to victory. At one point a wooden horse full of Soldiers was all you needed to sack a city. Too bad the Trojans didn’t have today’s imaging technology -- the Greeks never would have made it past the gate. [...] » Read More
Posted On: July 22, 2014

By: Karen Wegert

This post is part of our “Tough as Glass” series.

Cooktops see a lot of action. These glass surfaces must survive extreme temperature fluxes, heavy pots and pans, and daily wear for decades. For those reasons, the test methods used to measure the strength of glass-ceramic closely resemble everyday situations. Glass-ceramic behaves differently depending on the shape and contact area of the impact item. Therefore cooktops are tested with a compact ball impactor and a flat pan impactor. [...] » Read More
Posted On: July 7, 2014

By: Karen Wegert

This post is part of our “Tough as Glass” series.

Glass is an incredibly strong material. It can withstand extreme temperature swings and last years without warping. And every sheet of technical glass you encounter must ace a rigorous series of tests to prove it’ll hold up in the real world. Especially fire-rated glass-ceramic windows and doors. [...] » Read More
Posted On: June 25, 2014

By: Eric Urruti

Making the invisible visible has long been a specialty of the U.S. military. Infrared (IR) systems that display thermal images improve soldiers’ situational awareness at night, through fog, in rain or snow, and more by showing the heat signatures of vehicles and people that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Over the past few decades, IR technology has achieved step-change improvements in defense applications, sharpening images and reducing the size, weight, and power of the systems aiding MATVs, aircraft, and head-mounted displays. But now IR technology first championed by the defense community is spreading its roots to a number of new industries and applications. [...] » Read More
Posted On: May 14, 2014

By: Karen Elder

The future of kitchen design involves everything from smart appliances to sleek, minimalist form factors. But the cooktop remains the centerpiece of the kitchen. Now, drawing on both induction technology and glass-ceramic materials, designers have new opportunities at their fingertips to reimagine the look and feel of the traditional stovetop. That’s exactly what Matthew Ortner, Industrial Design Manager at Viking, did in creating Viking’s new induction cooktops. [...] » Read More
Posted On: May 8, 2014

By: Victoria Sanville

We’ve all heard the old cliché that two eyes are better than one. But the realities of today’s battlefield have rewritten that old maxim for warfighters. Today it’d be more accurate to say one eye is better than two – or even four. Defense imaging systems that once required apertures for every wavelength -- visible light, near infrared (NIR), mid-wave infrared (MWIR), and long-wave infrared (LWIR) -- are being reimagined with multispectral glasses. [...] » Read More
Posted On: May 7, 2014

By: Karen Elder

Induction cooktops can boil water in a flash, keep cooking surfaces cooler and safer, and expend less energy while doing so. While still a rare feature in most kitchens, induction cooktops might represent the future of home cooking. But the technology itself is only half the reason why. [...] » Read More