Creating new value by bringing our know-how in vacuum coating technology to a broad spectrum of industries outside the glass world. The development of low emissivity and solar control coatings to improve the energy efficiency of buildings is the core of our business. We design and build the equipment to deposit coatings on large areas.
Astronomical Telescope Mirrors
Next-generation astronomical telescopes are designed to expand the boundaries of astrophysical science by enabling new insights into exoplanets, black holes, and even the earliest moments of the Universe. As the mirror geometries required by this new class of telescopes grow larger and more complex, the ability to uniformly coat each mirror with a reflective metal is ever more challenging. We rely on decades of experience in large area optical coatings to supply vacuum coating equipment to the astronomical mirror industry. AGC was selected to design and construct the vacuum coating plant for the M1 primary mirror system of ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), the world’s largest optical telescope.
Technical Textiles and nonwovens
The performance of textile products is optimized by matching functionality with aesthetics using magnetron sputtering or PlasmaMAX™ PECVD technology. AGC’s state-of-the-art coating equipment allows manufacturers to control the surface energy of a textile by making it hydrophobic (water repellent), hydrophilic (water attracting), or oleophobic (oil repellent). Filtration media and nonwoven fabrics are durably coated over the entire external surface and throughout all internal surfaces within the porosity of the material. Metallized textiles improve the decorative appeal of materials, contribute to the thermal insulation, create a shield for electromagnetic radiation (EMS) or can generate antiviral, antibacterial and fungicidal activity.
Display, touch screens and wearable electronics
Touch screens have forever changed the way we interact with devices. However, scratches, disturbing reflections and fingerprints can distract our attention and reduce the users experience dramatically. Over the last decade AGC has developped several plasma processes to tackle those inconveniences. Anti-scratch, anti-reflective, anti-glare and anti-smudge coatings for glass and sapphire are available for the display market. In addition, some of those coatings can change the touch sensation when gliding over the surface and create “a paper like feeling”. Our R&D team is eager to developed the coating processes with same functionalities for different types of substrate materials.
Electronics and optical materials
Sapphire glass is increasingly used for electronic devices for the manufacturing of touch sensors and rear camera glass. AGC Plasma Technology Solutions has developed a patented anti-reflective treatment based on ion beam implantation that reduces reflectance down to 2 %, while maintaining excellent scratch resistance.
The creation of multifunctional surfaces such as hydrophobic and/or hydrophilic properties, durable corrosion resistance, adherence, aesthetic optical appearance and reflectivity can be obtained in an ecologically acceptable way and through efficient processing by plasma polymerization.
Medical and life sciences
Medical implants (e.g. hip, knee, shoulder and ankle) can be coated by sputtering or PE CVD to improve their biocompatibility and/or increase the wear resistance and lubricity.
To the opposite, in places where strict hygiene is a must, the antibacterial action of the silver ions can eliminate the bacteria to be formed and propagated on its surface and prevents the spread of fungi. Thin film coating technology can be used to treat the walls of sterilization rooms in clinics or the cover of mobile devices
Powders are widely used in a range of manufacturing applications like pigments for dispersion in paints, filtration media, and jewelry production. The exponentially growing industrial trend towards additive manufacturing (3-D printing) in particular is driving the need to improve the properties of powders for better performance and manufacturability. Powders can be treated by PVD processes to improve their laser energy absorption during the Selective Laser Melting (SLM), alter their wettability and flow ability, upgrade their decorative aspect (e.g. chrome-like appearance), or to decrease their flammability.
AGC has been active in the solar glass business since for more than a decade. As part of the world leader in glass production, AGC benefits from the latest glass technologies to make renewable energy a success. We are eager to support you to engineer and scale up innovative plasma coating processes in order to manufacture photovoltaic module on all types of substrates