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3-Part Checklist: What to Look for in a Glass Fabrication Vendor

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With almost 100 years of experience working with manufacturers, the team at Swift Glass knows how important choosing the right glass fabrication vendor is for the success of a project. The vendor you select can be the difference between a successful production run that finishes on time and up to standard and a slow production […]


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A Guide to Sight Glass

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The term “sight glass” refers to the transparent glass tube or window component of an industrial or commercial piece of equipment that allows observers to have a clear view of what is occurring within the container. While sight glasses can serve a wide range of functions, they are primarily used for visibility. They allow operators […]


Swift Glass’s ISO Class 7, (Class 10,000,) Clean Room & Ultrasonic Bath

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Clean rooms are controlled environments used to minimize contamination in sensitive applications, such as manufacturing processes and scientific research facilities. These structures are designed to reduce the amount of airborne and surface particulates, as well as to monitor and stabilize environmental parameters—e.g., temperature, humidity, static electricity, and pressure—within the contained space. Clean Room & Ultrasonic […]


Swift Glass Expands Wafer Analysis Capabilities with Multi-Surface Profiler

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Glass wafers have a variety of applications throughout the electronics, computer, and biotechnical manufacturing fields. During production, the ability to make precise measurements ensures that wafers fit the necessary specifications for their intended purpose. A Multi-Surface Profiler (MSP) machine supports high-precision metrology in the production of glass wafers for industrial purposes. With the addition of […]


What is Dispersion in Optics?

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In optics, dispersion refers to light that is separated by individual colors as it passes through an object. Rainbows are the most common example of this event. The rainbow forms when white light is separated into components of different wavelengths (or colors). Dispersion can result in signal degradation in many applications, especially over large distances. […]


Understanding Glass Properties: The Absorption Spectrum

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For engineers who work with glass parts or components, there are many important properties of glass to understand. In previous posts, we have covered several different properties of glass, including transmittance, transmission, and refractive index. Transmission and transmittance are both ways of measuring the amount of light that can pass through a material without being absorbed. Refractive index […]


Single-Sided vs. Double-Sided Polishing

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In many industrial applications, glass must be polished in specific ways to achieve the correct optical properties. Glass polishing offers an ideal solution for glass components that require a high level of precision, as polishing uses very fine abrasive particles to polish surfaces to a superior finish. The Differences Between Single-Sided vs Double-Sided Polishing There […]


The Key Differences Between Transmission & Transmittance and How to Apply Them to your Application

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From magnifying glasses to tinted windows to one-way mirrors, people prize glass for its ability to transmit (or not transmit) light. Measuring light transmission and transmittance plays a huge role in selecting an appropriate type of glass for your needs. Transmittance measures the amount of light able to pass through a material without the material reflecting or […]


Low-Iron Glass vs. Standard Clear Glass

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The differences between low-iron and traditional clear glass are pronounced enough that many people can’t believe what they’re seeing – or what they haven’t been – when they’re shown low-iron glass options. Traditional clear glass can be hazy and is often faintly tinted, even at its best. Color issues may arise on the edges of […]


Understanding the Refractive Index of Glass

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Understanding the behavior of light can be an important factor when determining which glass materials to use for your manufacturing process. When light passes through a substance, it decreases in velocity. This is manifested by an increase in the substance’s refractive index. Much can be learned about the optical properties of a glass material by […]

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