why we choose borosilicate glass?
- Aug 08, 2018 -
When it comes to chemical laboratory equipment and process plant components, the 8 major benefits that will have you loving borosilicate glass are:
1. Optical Clarity
It’s clear to see why glass is a good solution when it comes to visibility (how could I resist this pun). Compared to the array of plastics, metals and other materials of construction, glass provides a smooth surface that offers an unobstructed view of what is going on inside the equipment, enhancing the level of observation in any process. There is a slight decrease in transparency with the addition of Sectrans coating, an optional covering to the glass surface added for its protective properties against scratches, blows and splintering.
Some materials of construction can pose housekeeping issues when it comes to ease of cleaning. Not glass! The anti-stick, nonporous surface makes borosilicate glass a popular choice for GMP compliant applications. And its transparency allows you to see when equipment needs to be cleaned without the need for interrupting the process and performing an internal inspection.
3. Compact Design
Compared to systems built using alternative materials of construction, glass components are much more compact making a glass system significantly smaller. This is especially beneficial in facilities that are facing space constraints as well as work areas where headroom can become an issue. The compact arrangement can also make shipping, delivery, and installation easier.
4. Corrosion Resistance
Similar to the properties of glass-lined steel, glass equipment provides unsurpassed corrosion resistance to water, neutral and acidic solutions, concentrated acids and acid mixtures, and to chlorine, bromine, iodine and organic substances. Its resistance to chemical attack is superior to that of most metals and other materials, even during prolonged periods of exposure and at temperatures above 100 °C. There are only a few chemicals which can cause noticeable corrosion of the glass surface - hydro