The challenge in the use of ultra-thin glass lies in the entire process chain of its processing. This is where the joint project GLASS4FLEX comes in. It addresses the handling of individual large-area flexible thin glasses of the maximum size of 1.2 m × 0.6 m. At the center of the consortium is SCHOTT AG as the developer and manufacturer of the ultra-thin glass. The other project partners span the entire process chain - starting with the Schmid Group, which will deal with the development of cleaning processes as well as the associated process technology for the thin glass in in-line cleaning systems. Subsequently, the Gesellschaft für Bild- und Signalverarbeitung (GBS) mbH will take over the research and development of the analysis of the 3D surface properties including the 3D sensor technology and the automatic testing machine. Handling and transfer will be covered by the partners ProTec Carrier Systems GmbH and Adenso Industrial Services GmbH.
As part of the project, Fraunhofer FEP is conducting research on optical and electrical functional coatings for thin glass in the sheet-to-sheet process. As a result, it should be possible to present the first large-area coated thin glasses with color-neutral scratch protection and transparent electrode from a fully constructed process chain in Dresden by 2022.
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Funding reference: 13N14615
Duration: 2019 - 2023