Guardian Industries makes glass for lights at Big Chill hockey game

When the Wolverine and Spartan hockey teams take the ice in the Big House, it will be much easier to see the puck thanks to 266 new light fixtures above the new luxury boxes that use a special kind of glass created and made in Michigan.

Guardian Industries´ new antireflective glass increases the amount of light transmitted on the field, or in this case, an outdoor hockey rink. The Auburn Hills-based company spent 3 ½ years developing both the glass and its unique coating at its technology center in Carleton.

The AR Glass illustrates the kind of innovation coming from the once-stodgy glass industry. Thanks to increased investment in research and development, glass manufacturers are bringing new products to market faster than before, said Scott Thomsen, Guardian´s group vice president of North American flat glass.

"You are going to see a lot of innovation in glass in the next three to four years," he said. "Glass isn´t boring anymore." To make its antireflective glass, Guardian developed a low-iron glass used in the solar industry and coated it on both sides with an antireflective coating.

When light is transmitted through a lens made of AR glass, only 0.5% of the light is lost, compared with 10% for a traditional glass lens, according to Thomsen.

Guardian started selling its AR glass in the U.S. six months ago for use in a variety of commercial and consumer applications, ranging from street lamps to jewelry cases and picture frames. Thomsen predicts an enormous market for AR glass, totaling at least $800 million. He expects the product will be used most widely in flat-screen televisions and smartphones.

Two European companies are also selling a similar kind of glass, but so far Guardian is the only manufacturer in the U.S., Thomsen said. The glass works with all kinds of lights, from incandescent to fluorescent to LEDs. Guardian plans to expand sales of the glass to Hungary in next year´s second quarter, followed by Brazil at the end of 2011 and Asia in 2012.

For Guardian, the next task may be finding a catchier name for its new glass. That shouldn´t be a problem since this is a company with glass products called ShowerGuard, DiamondGuard and SunGuard.

600450 Guardian Industries makes glass for lights at Big Chill hockey game

See more news about:

Others also read

Donau City Tower 1
Designed by Dominique Perrault, Tower 1 of the Donau City (DC) Towers project is a prominent building across the Vienna skyline and is the highest skyscraper in Austria.
Glass Performance versus Aesthetics
Guardian Glass is exhibiting at glasstec - HALL 10 | STAND A24 (23-26 October 2018 - Düsseldorf, Germany).
Tour Incity
An iconic landmark on the Lyon skyline, the Incity tower is the tallest high-rise in the city and the third tallest in France.
Technical Challenges of Glass for Megatall Buildings
Guardian Glass is exhibiting at glasstec -- HALL 10 | STAND A24 (23-26 October 2018 - Düsseldorf, Germany)
Die Welle
Die Welle (German for ‘The Wave’) is an S-shaped building in the heart of Vienna.
Matmut Filature
La Filature is a modern, energy efficient office building facing the headquarters of the Matmut insurance headquarters in Rouen, France.

Add new comment