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  • Writer's pictureJess Court

Benefits of SCHOTT’sGlass-Ceramics

SCHOTT has been in the glass industry for more than 130 years and leads development in areas of specialty glasses, materials, and advanced technologies. These are just some of the benefits.


Smooth Surfaces

SCHOTT continues to be the only floated glass-ceramic today, so you won’t find the blemishes or distortions you see with glass produced using competitors’ rolling process, which can leave imperfections as the glass rolls over steel rolls. SCHOTT floats the molten glass ribbon on an inert bed of liquid tin, cooling it slowly without any mechanical contact that could mar the surface.


Even Thickness

Because the molten glass is truly floating, you’re also guaranteed an even thickness. Poling says it’s difficult to control thickness with the rolling process, as the molten glass doesn’t have time to spread out evenly like it does when floating. “The best products you can buy are floated products. They’re more economical, you get a better surface quality, and you get a better, true thickness,” he says.


Sustainability

SCHOTT uses solar panels and gray water at its facilities, too, and focuses extensively on recycling. SCHOTT currently recycles its internal cut-off and scrap material as cullet in its glass melts. The melt tank uses 40 to 50% cullet.


SCHOTT also has cutting stations in all over the world, so you can get fire-rated glass-ceramics close to home. This reduces lead time and cuts back on energy wasted shipping glass across the

country, as you can get the product locally



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