Jenoptik opens up new application in laser material processing

Jenoptik will be supplying US-American plants with laser processing systems for high-tech glass, thus entering another growth area for Lasers & Material Processing.

Jenoptik’s Lasers & Material Processing division has won its first orders for laser processing systems used in the manufacture of energy saving high-tech glass, so-called smart windows.
Jenoptik will be supplying US-American plants with laser processing systems for high-tech glass. With these first orders, Jenoptik successfully enters another growth area for Lasers & Material Processing. In 2011, the new application generated total order intakes in the single figure million euro range.
High-tech glass is used for the manufacture of so-called smart windows, which can be electronically adjusted to external lighting conditions, resulting in a significant reduction in the level of energy consumption. Furthermore, these windows open up a wide range of options for the design of buildings.
Similarly to thin-film solar cells, high-tech glass consists of a number of extremely thin films, too, which are applied onto the glass. After each application, the films, which are only a few micrometers thin, are structured with high precision. A specially adapted technology is deployed for each structuring process. Jenoptik laser technology is also used for laser edge deletion and, in parts, also for cutting to finished size.
Partner in the development of this new application is Bystronic glass, one of the leading providers of services, machinery, plants and systems for key areas of glass processing. Bystronic glass and Jenoptik have been working together since 2008.
Jenoptik develops laser systems and machines that are integrated into production facilities as part of their process optimization and automation. These systems enable to work with plastics, metals, semiconductor materials and solar cells, both in thin-film as well as wafer technology, with maximum efficiency, precision and safety.