Indium Coating On Glass
Indium has become a technology-critical element in recent years. This is due to the accelerated usage based on demand recently. Indium is used in low melting point alloys, such as solders, and is widely used in the production of semi conductors, soft metal vacuum seals and Indium Tin Oxide coatings.
Indium Tin Oxide Coating On Glass
Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) coatings on glass are possibly the overriding factor for Indium being classed as a technology-critical element. ITO is used to provide a clear coating to retain high levels of transparency as well as making the glass electronically conductive.
Yes, Indium coating on glass allows the glass to conduct electricity… Impressive? We think so. Let us show you how ITO glass has changed the World we live in.
ITO Glass Applications
An electronically conductive coating that remains optically clear that can be applied to glass (and plastics) has a multitude of applications. Polymer based electronics, thin film photovoltaics, smart glass, heated windows are some examples of ITO glass in action. A real notable and very common use is something you have probably used yourself today – maybe even now.
The advancement of mobile phone technologies has utilised touch screens to provide better user experiences and has changed the World we live in. You only need to look around a public area and you will see most people stuck to their phones. The smartphone has opened up new ways of communicating and engaging with different medias.
Smartphones are pretty much reliant on the touchscreen to provide the experience users demand. The screen is important for viewing but it has also become the keypad too. The most common touchscreens utilise Indium coating on glass, in the form of Indium Tin oxide.
More customer facing touchscreens such as retail self serve units utilise ITO but adopt a different technique, using ITO coated thin plastic films. You can read all about the differences of ITO touchscreens at the link.
Another interesting use for ITO coated glass is for electron microscopy. By applying charge to the glass slide, there is no need to charge the specimen.
Diamond Coatings Indium Coating On Glass
Considered an industry leader for ITO glass coatings, Diamond Coatings have a global customer base, serving industries spanning medical, entertainment, research and development, military, auto and aviation and even space exploration.
We operate from our state of the art plant in the Midlands, producing ITO and Anti Reflective coatings which are applied to a huge range of products, servicing the needs of companies both large and small. Our experience in this field has made us a trusted supplier of specialist coatings.
We supply a range of different glass, each suited for different applications. Anti reflective and chemically or thermally toughed options are also available.
Need more information?
If you would like any guidance on our ITO coated glass, contact the technical team at Diamond Coatings to discuss your specifications or find out more about what we provide.