Laser scribing technology

Laser Edge glass uses a non-contact method to split glass and other non-metallic brittle materials on the molecular level quickly with no material loss, and no chips or other debris associated with conventional scribe and break technology.

Laser Edge glass uses a non-contact method to split glass and other non-metallic brittle materials on the molecular level quickly with no material loss, and no chips or other debris associated with conventional scribe and break technology.

The Laser Edge glass reportedly eliminates micro cracks and increases yield. Cutting glass using the proprietary Zero Width Laser Cutting Technology (ZWLCTT) increases the strength and longevity of the glass by creating a controlled micro crack on the molecular level. This micro crack, or scribe line, separates the molecules inside the glass and a breaking machine is used to force the glass to split along the scribe lines with no material loss, no chips or debris.

ZWLCTT can be used for precise glass separation at high production speeds, leaving quality edges, according to the company.  The processed glass is 4 to 5× mechanically stronger and has defect-free edges without additional edge processing. It is said to increase solar panel lifespan and increase reliability in extreme temperature environments.

Advanced Solar Photonics, Lake Mary, FL; ph. 407/829-2613; www.advancedsolarphotonics.com.

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