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IQS Featured Profile: S & S Optical Company, Inc.

Established in 1950, S & S Optical Company got our start manufacturing lenses for the ophthalmology industry, and after just a few years was successful enough to expand operations into the development of faceplates for electronic tubes as well as many other glass and quartz products for a range of applications in the aerospace, industrial, and military fields. S & S broadened its capabilities to specialize in precision quartz and glass machining, grinding, and polishing and continues to expand to more and more quality precision optical services. It is this commitment to quality, making sure that only 100% inspected and defect free parts reach our customers, as well as our ambition and dedication to stay at the forefront of the industry with the newest most up-to-date technology, that has made S & S Optical the leading manufacturer of quartz parts and specialized glass that it is today.

Tube Fabricating: Danner vs Vello

Glass tubes are used in many different industries from medical storage vials, to electric bulb housing, and beyond. Many factories focus exclusively on fabricating glass tubes rather than creating a variety of glass products. Focusing on one specific task can be cost effective because it allows a factory to use equipment just for the creation of tubes and it does not need to stock other glass fabricating equipment.

Stay Safe with Tempered Glass Tubes

Tempered glass is a type of glass that is heated and treated with a layer of chemicals or other materials to prevent the glass from shattering when placed under stress. Tempering glass eliminates stress fractures between the glass molecules, which causes the glass to crumble when broken rather than leave dangerous shards. Much of the glass used in today’s world is tempered chemically, which helps prevent dangerous glass injuries in all areas of life and work.

What is Pirex Sight Glass?

Pirex sight glass is a special brand of sight glass that protects the wearer or user from dangerous chemicals, pressures, and high temperatures. Sight glass is specifically designed to provide additional protection beyond basic safety glass and safety glasses, in extreme circumstances to add additional protection for the eyes.

4 Benefits of Laminated Glass

Laminated glass contains a sheet of polyvinyl butyral between two layers of glass that prevent the glass from shattering in the traditional way. All automotive glass, many commercial and business glass windows, and even some residential glass windows use the laminated layer to prevent injuries, add additional protection, and for several other features that provide benefits to the owners. When you use glass with a laminated layer, you are providing the following benefits to your vehicle or building, and the users of the vehicle or product:

Float Glass: Hybrid Glass

Float glass is a type of glass very different in comparison to your average glass formation. Float glass is a distant relative of normal glass because it is composed of multiple components, including: dolomite, limestone, soda ash, and of course sand. Because it is constructed with all these raw materials it is radically different than standard glass; it is a hybrid, if you will, because it has characteristics of many materials, kind of like how a pink rose would be considered a hybrid between a red rose and a white rose.

Returning to Green Materials in the Food and Beverage Industry

There are many uses for glass in the modern world. Tubular glass is used for florescent lights, neon lights, drinking glasses, light fixtures, bottles, and in many other places. The tube glass industry has a lot of use in the food and beverage industry, although not as much as it had in the past. This may change, however, due to the bad reputation that many plastic products have due to their harsh impact on the environment.

An Art of Our Lives

How miraculous it is that glass is a naturally-occurring phenomena created from the rage of Mother Nature; lighting. Even more spectacular is that mankind has harnessed the delicate art of glass and not only mastered it, but introduced it to our daily lives. Take a moment to observe the environment around you, and notice that it is impossible to find an environment absent of some sort of glass; even the screen you are reading this very sentence from is made of glass. So ask yourself, what properties does glass have that makes it so desirable that we must use it in our daily lives?

Pure and Applicable

If you have ever seen quartz or if the word sounds familiar, it is a rather cool crystal that is typically large in shape and transparent. It may not be as fascinating as a diamond, but if you ever happen to find a diamond in the earth’s crust, I promise you that you will ache of disappointment when you realize that you can’t make glass out of it; just one of many perks of quartz.

A Hint of the Future

As we advance into the early twenty-first century, society is becoming increasingly concerned with the future than the present. It is rapidly becoming a common ideology to prepare ahead of time instead of panicking when time runs out; I know, it is a big step for mankind. If you hadn’t noticed we are still a few steps behind where we should be in some situations, with such catastrophes as: the planet’s decreasing oil supply and our failed attempts to find a truly efficient method of generating alternative energy, as well as the nation’s failure to generate an economic sustainability plan for the future instead of plummeting our economy into trillions of dollars in debt. Despite these inadequacies, there are some actions being taken to ensure some relief for the future, such as the innovative developments in building technology.

A Scientist’s Best Friend

Borosilicate glass is the strongest glass on the market today, which makes borosilicate glass useful for almost every glass appliance. Because borosilicate glass sheets are stronger than typical glass sheets, they are more widely used due to their increased reliability. Borosilicate glass’s strength and resistance to thermal expansion (as well as high temperatures) coupled with glass’s trait of transparency makes it a viable tool for someone particularly in the field of experimentation, otherwise a scientist.

Advanced Ceramic Technology: Industrial Ceramics

Advanced Ceramic Technology boasts 31 years of excellence in manufacturing and machining industrial ceramics. Our company was started in 1983 and is located in Orange, California. We are ISO 9001:2008 compliant to ensure quality control and quality performance. Our company is dedicated to providing high tech industrial ceramic parts and components to a variety of industries. Our wide range of highly reliable ceramics are competitively priced, helping us to be one of the best in the industries. Industrial markets have seen an increased need for ceramic parts and Advanced Ceramic Technology has the most efficient solutions to meet the growing demands.

San Jose Delta, Inc: Alumina Ceramic Manufacturer

San Jose Delta, Inc. has been a top manufacturer of high purity alumina ceramic materials since we opened in 1971. We are an ISO 9001:2008 certified and ITAR registered company located in Santa Clara, California. Our company prides ourselves on our ability to grind nearly all ceramics and ceramic materials in our expanded 25,000 square foot facility. Our facility features a modern and fully integrated grinding department that can process a variety of different materials. San Jose Delta, Inc. is an authorized distributor and precision fabricator of Corning Macor as well as a U.S. government approved beryllium oxide grinding facility.

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

We all depend on a set of wheels to get us to our destination at some point during the day. Inside those wheels there are bearing to make the wheels roll. Typically there are two types of bearing used. Traditionally, steel bearings have been the preferred material for bearings. However, ceramic bearings are becoming more and more popular in everyday transportation such as inline skates, skateboards, motorcycles and other vehicles. Not to mention, many industrial companies are using ceramic bearing in their equipment because of the benefits ceramic bearings produce.

Ceramic the Protector

Ceramic is a resilient material in the fact that it is so versatile and used for many purposes. As I previous wrote about in a blog, ceramic is used in armor protecting you from unwanted penetration from bullets. The ceramic armor is in a sense insulting your body from unwanted external exposure. However, ceramic is more commonly called an insulator for electrical wires, transformers or any other charged electrical circuit that needs to reduce outside exposure from electricity. Unlike armor, ceramic insulators for electricity fully encompass the wire or unwanted exposed electrically charged object.

Ceramic Can Save Your Life

I have always been fascinated by armor. Armor has been around for centuries. There are so many different variations and materials that make up what encompasses “armor.” Ceramic armor is interesting to me for the fact that, how can a piece of ceramic protect the body or military vehicle from a deadly bullet? When I think of ceramic I think of a fragile vase that would be no match for any kind of slight resistance. Through different processes of technological testing and manufacturing, it is possible to help reduce or stop a bullet from penetrating ceramic armor. The ceramic material shatters as the heat round penetrates. This disrupts the metals trajectory, thus greatly reducing damage to the person or vehicle wearing the ceramic armor.

Heart of the Battery

I don’t know much about cars, but I have jumped my old car on numerous occasions. On one foggy morning a friend of our neighbors was having trouble to get her car started. Having jumped a car before, I offered my services along with a friend who works on cars. I borrowed my roommate’s jumper cables and got to work. After hooking up her car I preceded to mine when I noticed there were no colored spots to clamp the cables like in my old car. So, I made an educated guess as my buddy nodded in agreeance. Needless to say, I chose wrong. Should have taken that spark as a warning. As a flame roared out of the engine my buddy and I were in such shock that all we could do was blow on the fire. Thankfully my roommate ran out with a fire extinguisher and saved the day. The cable may have burnt a hole in my head light but my car still runs to this day.

The Advantages of Hot Isostatic Pressing

There is an array of methods used to shape form ceramic powders including injection molding, extrusion, hot isostatic pressing, slip casting, gel casting and tape casting. Injection molding is known to form many plastic parts found in the average household and extrusion can be used to make a ceramic rod used for building facade. Hot isostatic pressing (HIP) is a forming method that can be used to form both metallic and non-metallic materials into a variety of different products. HIP increases the density of ceramic materials and can reduce the porosity of metals.

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