What is Indium Tin Oxide Coated Glass and what is it used for?
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Indium Tin Oxide coated glass
More commonly known as ITO glass, Indium Tin Oxide coated glass allows the surface to be electrically conductive. The neat bit is that ITO is transparent, so a gain of an electrically conductive surface is matched by no loss in clarity. This means that ITO glass is used in a large number of applications, spanning many different industries.
To coat glass with ITO, the procedure needs to take place in an entirely vacuum enclosed area. The most common form of coating is by using the sputtering method.
What is Indium Tin Oxide coated glass used for?
As mentioned above, ITO coated glass is utilised in many different industries and with multiple applications, from display, medical devices and instruments to space exploration.
Probably the most common use is for touchscreen devices, from standard cellphones through to large screen retail displays. The desired touch function is enabled by relying on the skin’s natural electrical conductivity. As the ITO coated glass passes current, a fingertip touch can determine the precise location on a screen, allowing the device to interact with the touch.
In the military and aviation worlds, ITO coated glass screens provide the same as above for many devices, but also offer the option of heating a glass screen. This allows for constant visual clarity, regardless of the environment.
In fact, a multitude of vehicles are now using heated ITO windows, including trains and planes. When cockpits in both types of vehicle rely on constant clear views, heated cockpit windows are clearly advantageous.
Other uses of ITO coated glass
Smart windows now utilise ITO coated glass to great effect – literally. The electrically charged glass can offer total screenage, or varying levels of opacity at a flick of a switch (probably on an ITO coated touchscreen device). The privacy benefits here are obvious, but there is also the added bonus of aesthetics… if you do not want curtains or blinds, you don’t need them!
ITO coated glass is also used in the production of OLED screens, cinema projection glass and smart freezer doors (as seen in supermarkets). The medical and R&D industries also use ITO coated glass display equipment as well as ITO coated microscope slides and coverslips.
Diamond Coatings, based in Phoenix, have become a real market leader for ITO coated glass and offer a variety of glass substrates, as well as bespoke options including custom cut holes and printed graphics.
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