To mark their fresh new look and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the periodic table of elements, the leading experts in glass, Glass Technology Services, have developed a glass-specific periodic table of elements that is already proving popular with clients across the glass sector.
The unique new periodic table highlights the elements commonly used in glass manufacturing, while a graphical legend indicates the role that these elements take in the glass manufacturing process. These include elements used as network formers, flux agents, optical modifiers, refining agents, stabilisers, colourants and those found within refractory materials commonly used in glass making.
Commenting on the resource, Operations Director Gareth Jones said, “To celebrate our new branding, we wanted to create something unique, memorable and useful for our customers throughout the glass industry. These new glass makers’ periodic tables are the first of their kind and we hope clients will find them useful for years to come.
“The feedback we’ve had so far has been brilliant and we hope that those who have received the resource display them proudly onsite at their facilities.”
This poster is the first in a series of new tools and resources being made available by the experts in glass. Further resources will focus upon glass research and development, pharmaceutical primary packaging, common types of glass failure and correct terminology for container glassware.
Periodic tables are essential tools for professionals across the industry – whether working in the laboratory or in batch, furnace and energy roles. This new periodic table, focusing on glass elements, will serve both novice and experienced professionals alike, while assisting those new to the industry in learning about glass composition, refining and troubleshooting.
The United Nations designated 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT) to recognise “one of the most significant achievements in science”. In 1869, Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev created his early periodic table of elements, arranged by atomic mass and grouped into columns of elements which expressed similar properties. This arrangement is considered as the year of discovery for the periodic system still used today.
Glass Technology Services Ltd provides analysis, consultancy, testing and research and development support to all parts of the glass supply chain – from raw materials to the end consumer. The experts in glass pride themselves on their reputation, confidentiality and impartiality and are accredited to ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17025 standards.