Guardian Industries launches scratch-resistant coating technology

Guardian Industries has launched a new protective coating for flat glass. The technology, named DiamondGuard, was conceived by experts in ultra-thin glass films at Guardian Industries“ Science & Tech…

Guardian Industries has launched a new protective coating for flat glass. The technology, named DiamondGuard, was conceived by experts in ultra-thin glass films at Guardian Industries“ Science & Technology Center. “DiamondGuard SRG is a “first“ in the glass industry,” says Tony Hobart, Guardian“s group vice president for North American sales. “For the first time, consumers won“t have to worry about scratching their tabletops and businesses will spend less money replacing damaged glass components.” The company says DiamondGuard SRG is a perfect solution for furniture and display cases, stairways and scanners, as well as mass transit windows and institutional interior glass. As well as scratch resistance, DiamondGuard offers low maintenance, easy-to-clean surfaces and water management properties. “Developing DiamondGuard has significantly added capability and capacity to Guardian“s research and production efforts. That is a critical first step for Guardian to quickly get high performance glass products to market,” says Scott Thomsen, group vice president and director of Guardian“s Science & Technology Center. “This technology has changed the way we approach development and it has changed the value of glass.” DiamondGuard derives its application flexibility and strength from multiple layers of microscopic dense films with a molecular structure similar to a diamond, that Guardian applies using a chemical vapor deposition process and high-energy ion beams. The ion beams infuse diamond-like carbon (DLC) into the glass, which gives DiamondGuard its extremely durable, hard surface and optical clarity. “Our response to the trend in value added glass coatings,” says Thomsen, “was to develop DiamondGuard: a unique glass technology with a wide range of applications. Now, our goal is to lead the glass industry in the transformation of glass as it becomes a truly value added solution. With DiamondGuard technology and a growing list of coating facilities in Europe and North America, we are in a very good position to do just that.”