Jenoptik will be supplying US-American plants with laser processing
systems for high-tech glass. With these first orders, Jenoptik
successfully enters another growth area for Lasers & Material
Processing. In 2011, the new application generated total order intakes
in the single figure million euro range.
High-tech glass is used for the manufacture of so-called smart windows.
These windows can be electronically adjusted to external lighting
conditions, resulting in a significant reduction in the level of energy
consumption. Furthermore, these windows open up a wide range of options
for the design of buildings. The manufacturing process of high-tech
glass resembles the manufacture of thin-film solar cells.
Similarly to thin-film solar cells, high-tech glass consists of a
number of extremely thin films, too, which are applied onto the glass.
After each application, the films, which are only a few micrometers
thin, are structured with high precision. A specially adapted
technology is deployed for each structuring process. Jenoptik laser
technology is also used for laser edge deletion and, in parts, also for
cutting to finished size.
Since 2007, Jenoptik has been supplying laser processing systems for
the manufacture of thin-film solar cells to customers worldwide. The
knowledge about these laser processes was transferred to the new
application and combined with the know-how in the area of laser
material processing of brittle materials (e.g. unrefined float glass).
Jenoptik was awarded the order as a result of its excellent know-how
relating to all aspects of laser material processing, particularly in
the area of structuring as well as in laser separation and laser edge
The partner in the development of this new application is Bystronic
glass, one of the leading providers of services, machinery, plants and
systems for key areas of glass processing. Bystronic glass and Jenoptik
have been working together since 2008.
More information at www.jenoptik.com/