Swift Glass Materials

Swift Glass stocks a wide range of glass materials from different brands and manufacturers.

Swift Glass works with leading glass manufacturers such as Corning, Schott, GE, Auer and many more. Each material has unique physical properties and performance capabilities that are suitable for a variety of applications.

WScreen Shot 2015-04-01 at 5.01.10 PMe supply several types of sight glass that are used across multiple industries. BOROFLOAT® is relied on for lighting and optical applications because of its exceptionally high transparency, mechanical strength, and resistance to high temperatures.

Its functional versatility and outstanding performance characteristics have made BOROFLOAT® the material choice among engineers, designers and developers for various applications.

Silica float glass, used frequently for display glass and windows, is chosen for its ability to be produced in a wide range of colors and opacities. glass polishingSwift Glass also offers Pyrex®, which is annealed for low pressures and tempered for high pressures, and Vycor®, which offers excellent optical properties and is optimal for high-pressure applications.

Swift Glass’s manufacturing capabilities include on-site CNC machining and ultra-high pressure cold cutting for our hard-to-machine materials. We also provide bending, chemical strengthening, thermal tempering, polishing, edge grinding, drilling, ink-jet printing, decorating and silk screening. Our glass drilling service meets ASME, ASTM and military standards. Our tempering services, which can be applied to explosion-proof and high-pressure windows, are tested to GANA tempering standards.

We also offer assistance in material selection, craftsmanship, design and custom solutions, so please feel free to contact a glass expert at Swift Glass if you have any questions.

Click on the material below to learn about the different types and manufacturers offered for each.

Borosilicate

Material

Description

Manufacturers and Brands

Borosilicate

Borosilicate is the material of choice for many industries because of its affordability - especially the biomedical and research industries. Borosilicate glass remains both clear and strong when exposed to high temperatures.

Schott

  • Borofloat®
  • B270®
  • BK7®
  • Schott D263®

Corning

  • Eagle 2000®
  • Eagle XG®

IRR Coated Glass

Infrared Reflecting Borosilicate (IRR Borosilicate) - also commonly known as a hot mirror. This is an Indium Tin Oxide coating on one surface which is transparent to the visible spectrum and reflects a portion of the infrared spectrum back at the light source. This is mostly used in the high heat environments to protect the interior components of cameras, film in projectors, colored lenses or even people from heat caused by intense light sources.

Patterned Glass

Material

Description

Manufacturers and Brands

Patterned Glass

Made of an ultra-transparent, low-iron glass, these glasses have unique patterns with a varying degrees of privacy and diffusion while having virtually colorless appearances. These glasses are ideal for interior commercial and residential applications such as doors, windows, lighting, partitions and foyers.

  • Pixel 73™
  • Solite™
  • Skytex

Gauge Glass

Material

Description

Manufacturers/Brands

Standard Gage Glass

This tubular glass is used in low pressure applications, low pressure boilers, restaurant equipment, and closed tanks.

Corning

  • Pyrex®
  • Macbeth®
  • Duran®

High Pressure Gage Glass

Pyrex® and Duran® offer heavy wall glasses that meet high pressure code 7740. It is used for services that require higher temperatures and greater pressure than standard gage glass can withstand.

Corning

  • Pyrex®
  • Duran®
  • Macbeth®

Redline Gage Glass

This borosilicate tubular gage glass is designed with a red line between two white lines. The color contrast makes it easier to read the liquid level.

Corning

  • Pyrex®
  • Duran®
  • Vycor®

Heavywall Gage Glass

Heavy Wall gage glass is commonly used in liquid level gage and sight flow indicator applications that exceed the temperature and pressure of high pressure tubular gage glass.

Heavy Wall Redline Gage Glass

Designed with a redline between two whites lines for easier reading, Heavy Wall Gage Glass is commonly used in liquid level gage and sight flow indicator applications that exceed the temperature and pressure of high pressure tubular gage glass.

Type A Plain Gage Glass

Designed to use in armored-type liquid level gages, Type-A Plain Gage Glass provides a high-strength tempered borosilicate glass with a high degree of visibility. Type A Plain Gage Glass is designed for moderate-pressure steam boilers and for liquid level indicators.

Type A High Pressure Gage Glass

Designed to use in armored-type liquid level gages, Type-A High Pressure Gage Glass provides a high-strength tempered borosilicate glass with a high degree of visibility. Type A High Pressure Gage Glass will tale non-steam pressure up to 5000 psi.

Type B Reflex Gage Glass

Designed to use in armored-type liquid level gages, Type-B Reflex Gage Glass is made for extra ease in locating liquid levels. This gage glass has vertical prisms extending the full viewing length of the glass. The prism side faces the liquid. The sections of the prisms not covered with the liquid reflect light spectacularly. Therefore, the liquid level stands out very clearly from a long distance away.

Gaskets

Glass gaskets are designed for a variety of standard purposes. They work well in mild acids, hot water, inert gases, and alkalines. They also can be used in a number of high pressure and high temperature applications such as petro-chemical, refinery and powerplants.

Oil Cup Glass

A glass cylinder used as an oil reservoir in lubricating devices.

  • Pyrex®

Glass Cylinders, Rods & Tubing

Borosilicate Glass for a variety of industrial, scientific and architectural applications. Tubing is offered as red line, standard, heavywall and high-pressure.

Corning

  • Pyrex® Cylinders
  • Vycor®
  • Duran®

Optical Display Glass

Material

Description

Manufacturers/Brands

Borosilicate

Borosilicate is the material of choice for many industries because of its affordability - especially the biomedical and research industries. Borosilicate glass remains both clear and strong when exposed to high temperatures.

Schott

  • Borofloat®
  • B270®
  • BK7®
  • Schott D263®

Corning

  • Eagle 2000®
  • Eagle XG®

Diamant

SGG Diamant transmits up to 92% of visible light, depending on thickness and is a high quality clear float glass with exceptional clarity and high light transmission.

Low Iron Glass

Low-Iron Soda Lime glass provides high light transmission, can be AR coated for super high transmission, can be chemically strengthened, and has good flatness and no green tint.

Mirror

A reflective glass either first or second surface reflectance up to 94% visible.

Color Filters

Optical filters selectively transmit light in a particular range of wavelengths (colors) while blocking the remainder. They can usually pass long wavelengths only (longpass), short wavelengths only (shortpass), or a band of wavelengths, blocking both longer and shorter wavelengths (bandpass). The passband may be narrower or wider; the transition or cutoff between maximal and minimal transmission can be sharp or gradual. Optical filters are commonly used in photography (where some special effect filters are occasionally used as well as absorptive filters), in many optical instruments, and to color stage lighting.

  • Schott
  • Kopp
  • Hoya

Welder's Glass (Weld Glass)

A heat resistant grey-green tinted glass made to provide the correct eye protection for every welding operation. The shade numbers 1-14 refer to the density needed for the different welding operations. The higher the number, the darker the shade.

X-Ray Shielding Glass

X-Ray Shielding Glass is superior to acrylic in radiation protective applications. Compared to acrylic, lead X-Ray glass is much thinner and lighter. Acrylic also can yellow with age and be easily scratched. Glass is available in laminated formats where impact safety is a requirement.

Lead Glass

Lead glass is effective for x-ray shielding and for other forms of radiation shielding due to the attenuation of ionizing photons as a result of lead’s high atomic number. Lead Glass is used when a clear view and radiation shielding is of absolute priority in diagnostic, therapy, isotopic or nuclear radiation sources – used for medical treatment, imaging, testing, inspection, experimentation or energy production.

Radiation Shielding Glass

Lead radiation shielding glass is effective for x-ray shielding and for other forms of radiation shielding due to the attenuation of ionizing photons as a result of lead’s high atomic number. Lead Glass is used when a clear view and radiation shielding is of absolute priority in diagnostic, therapy, isotopic or nuclear radiation sources – used for medical treatment, imaging, testing, inspection, experimentation or energy production.

Sight Glass

Material

Description

Manufacturers/Brands

Float Glass

Sheets of float glass promise uniform thickness and very flat surfaces. It is commonly the pick for windows and display glass.

Corning

  • Blue Vycor

Pilkington

  • Optiwhite™

Borosilicate

Borosilicate is the material of choice for many industries because of its affordability - especially the biomedical and research industries. Borosilicate glass remains both clear and strong when exposed to high temperatures.

Schott®

  • Borofloat®
  • Supremax®
Corning®

  • Blue Borosilicate
  • Pyrex®
  • Supremax®
  • Vycor®
  • Maxos®

Fused Silica

Fused silica's cross-linked 3D structure delivers exceptional thermal shock resistance, UV transparency and near-zero thermal expansion.

Corning

  • Blue Vycor®
  • 1723 Aluminosilicate

Industrial Fused Silica

This is a commercial grade of fused silica used in many sight glass applications.

UV Fused Silica

Fused silica's cross-linked 3D structure delivers exceptional thermal shock resistance, UV transparency and near-zero thermal expansion. UV-grade Fused Silica can be selected for a low content of inclusions and/or a high refractive index homogeneity if required.

Laminated Soda Lime

Laminated glass is created by layering two or more pieces of glass together with an interlayer. When broken the interlayer holds the glass together, providing increased strength and safety. Laminated glass is used in automobiles, architecture, and bulletproofing

Soda Lime

Soda-lime silica glass is the most prevalent type of glass for window panes and glass containers due to its ability to be re-softened and re-melted numerous times. It is especially popular in the food and beverage industry.

Lime Glass

Soda-lime silica glass is the most prevalent type of glass for window panes and glass containers due to its ability to be re-softened and re-melted numerous times. It is especially popular in the food and beverage industry.

Quartz/Fused Silica

Material

Description

Brands

Quartz/Fused Quartz

Quartz has high working and melting temperatures. Its optical and thermal properties make it superior to those of other glass materials due to its purity. It is ideal for semiconductor fabrication and laboratory equipment.

  • Corning® 7980
  • GE124
  • TSC-3 Quartz

Fused Silica

Fused silica's cross-linked 3D structure delivers exceptional thermal shock resistance, UV transparency and near-zero thermal expansion.

Corning

  • Blue Vycor®
  • 1723 Aluminosilicate

Industrial Fused Silica

This is a commercial grade of fused silica used in many sight glass applications.

UV Fused Silica

Fused silica's cross-linked 3D structure delivers exceptional thermal shock resistance, UV transparency and near-zero thermal expansion. UV-grade Fused Silica can be selected for a low content of inclusions and/or a high refractive index homogeneity if required.

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