Nippon Electric Glass (NEG) has announced the development of company’s second generation super thin “Glass-ribbon” which was first introduced in market back in 2009. The new material that has been used in manufacturing the new Glass-ribbon has a thermal expansion coefficient of 100×10-7/K. The new glass-ribbon has a thickness of 4-50 micrometer and width of 0.5-20.0 mm, with maximum length of 100m. The new Glass-ribbon in addition to excellent material characteristics of glass such as chemical stability, heat resistance, optical properties, gas barrier properties, and electric insulation properties, it features capability of being bent and rolled like resin film, it also has a extremely smooth glass surface in spite of not having undergone a polishing process. Read more
Nippon Electric Glass has recently announced the development of ultra-thin invisible glass. The new glass has anti-reflecting coating on both side of it, minimizing light reflection from the glass. In comparison to luminous reflectance of ordinary glass which is around 8%, the new invisible glass has only 0.2% luminous reflectance. The ordinary anti-reflective coating has normally 5 to 8 layers, where as the coating which is formed on both side of the new glass totals to 30 layers and more, where thickness of each layer has been controlled at nanometer level. Read more
With proliferation of smartphones and other type of handheld mobile devices, their fragility is everyone’s concern when it comes to handling them, making the mobile accessory market a lucrative one. Manufacturer of such devices have taken extra measures to ensure that the devices can withstand shocks and fall here and there without damaging the device itself by introducing tougher mobile devices with stronger covers. One other major component which would contribute to toughness of such devices is their glass screen which up to now was susceptible to scratch and even breakage during a sudden impact due to fall. The conventional Soda-lime glasses used in windows cannot withstand such a shock and generally are susceptible to scratch, based on this, Nippon Electric Glass has developed chemically strengthen glass.
The method involves by immersing the Sodium Ion based glass in a Potassium Nitrate solution, so the larger potassium molecule would replace the smaller Na molecules on the surface layer, contributing to surface layer strength. The newly CX-01 features high scratch-resistance quality as well as sock resistance feature, making it ideal for use as screen of mobile devices such as smartphones. The CX-01 is virtually unbreakable making it tough enough to be tapped by a hammer.
Nippon Electric Glass has developed world’s thinnest liquid crystal lens with barely 0.5 mm in thickness achieving industry’s lowest power consumption of only 0.5mW. The company has developed the new lens in collaboration with Akita Industrial Center. The reduction of the thickness of this new lens has been made possible by minimizing the thickness of glass substrate which is used to seal the liquid crystal. Read more