Anti-reflective glazingDespite the excellent transparency of modern glazing, the view from the bright exterior to the darker interior may be hindered by reflections, depending on the viewing angle and incidence of light.
Bird-friendly glazingThe use of glass in architecture with its transparency and reflectivity can influence the perception of the environment.
Ceramic printing on glassEnamels have been carefully developed for printing and firing on normal soda-lime based float glass.
Curved architectural glassArchitects and designers love to interrupt straightness, corners and edges with soft curves.
Design glassIn addition to enameling, other processes are currently available for the production of design glasses.
FacadesGenerally, glass façades must be looked at from two perspectives, namely function and construction.
Special applicationsGlass façades have now established themselves as stylish elements in major offices, hotels and residential buildings. In order to meet requirements on energy efficiency, modern glazing now has high-performance functional coatings that consist of precious metals, which are capable of significantly reducing excessive solar heat gain in summer and the loss of heating warmth in winter.
In addition to enameling, other processes are currently available for the production of design glasses.
The transfer print offers an alternative to achieve a multi-coloured print rather than single colour screen printing. In addition, enamel and ceramic colours can also be transferred through digital printing onto transfer films, thus reproducing multi-coloured motifs. These printed films are then fixed on glasses to be tempered. During the tempering process, these transfer films burn residue-free and the painted colours bond as previously described. Besides all kinds of ornaments, this method can also generate illustrations with similar quality to coloured photos.
Large sized illustrations such as photographic slides technology of the past, are produced using the same digital print method but with other paint components and films. The illustrations are inserted between the PVB films of the laminated safety glass and then compressed. Colours and films are lightfast and UV- resistant and create a decorative pane that retains its individuality. Despite this additional laminate, the laminated glass retains its outstanding characteristics, supplemented by the individual design component.
The same lamination process can today offer of a large range of different colour films, which can be combined to achieve every conceivable colour in laminated glass. This method enables the creation of completely transparent coloured glass. In addition, with supplementary dispersion films to further define translucency, products such as colourful blinds can be produced. These films are also UV-resistant for outdoor use, thus preserving their radiant colour effect without affecting the characteristics of the laminated glass.
An alternative to these safety glasses are laminated glasses, which are produced by filling the interface of two panes with resin or using EVA interlayers. Decorative elements (e. g. mesh wire or other plain accessories) can be integrated into the resin and give the resulting glass sandwich a unique decorative configuration. These laminated glasses are typically not safety glasses (as defined in applicable laws relating to safety glass) and may be installed as such only when they are legally approved for construction.