One of the biggest risks associated with any type of glass equipment is that of breakage, it can happen at any time and anywhere. The most common cause is simply by a piece of equipment being dropped or having something dropped on it.
However this does not have to always be the case, for example a light bulb can explode if there is a flaw in the manufacturing process. This can easily result in a person getting glass in their eyes. The right type of glass coating can easily prevent this by containing the broken glass within the coating.
In the laboratory setting there are many chemicals being used to test various samples, from strong acids to toxins that could inflict major medical illnesses if they were allowed to come in contact with someone who was not wearing the appropriate safety equipment If the glass testing equipment was to break it could allow a spill of these chemical to occur, the end result of which could be unpleasant at best. Add to that the risk of having small particles of glass scattered that could at some later time cause an infection should someone cut themselves. Coating the glass with a material that would stop it from shattering can eliminate these risks.
While the glass coating must be strong enough to retain the glass in case of breakage it also must not render the item difficult to use. This means it still has to be clear enough to see through for scientific equipment like beakers and measuring cylinders.
It also needs to have sufficient visual clarity to be able to be used on optical lenses to protect them from the effects of anything that might be spilled or splashed on them in the course of regular usage.
Because many of these pieces of glass equipment are used in the medical or food industry they must be able to be sanitized or sterilized. This means that the glass coating has to be able to withstand temperatures such as those found in an autoclave which can be as high as 500? centigrade. The coating will be used in testing with acids and other solutions so it must be able to resist all of these while being inert to the effects of them so as to not affect the results of any tests being performed.
At Surface Solutions Group FluoroGlass has been successfully used to coat a large number of products such as light bulb, lenses, beakers, flasks, bottles and columns. They can apply this glass coating to products used in hospitals, the food service industry, warehouses, even on popcorn wagons. This PTFE coating can be safely used anywhere that the risk of shattered glass can create a dangerous condition and pose a risk of injury to anyone.