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Anti-reflective Glass

Anti-reflective Glass

Date posted: September 29, 2015 // Glass

SCHOTT MIROGARD® Anti-reflective Glass for Artworks and Museum Items

Museums and art galleries have for many years struggled to overcome the problem of reflections in glass, making it difficult for the visitors to see the displayed art and objects clearly. Since the introduction of SCHOTT MIROGARD’s anti-reflective neutral coloured glass, however, it has been possible for museums, collectors and galleries to proudly display their items with confidence, knowing that visitors will be able to fully appreciate the items, while the works on display are protected against theft and vandalism.

The problem with normal glass is that around 8% of incident light gets reflected. This creates a mirror-like appearance which disguises many of the excellent properties of the item behind the glass. With SCHOTT MIROGARD® anti-reflective glass, the reflections are significantly reduced to less than 1%, for almost perfect viewing of the items on display.

The glazed glass is strong and has a neutral colour, which is important to ensure that the true colour of the displayed item is visible. This is especially important with photographic art and paintings, where even slight changes in colour can affect the overall aesthetic appeal of the work.

Protection against damage from vandalism, accidental damage and theft isn’t the only reason for installing SCHOTT MIROGARD® anti-reflective glass. UV radiation damages valuable pieces on display, reducing their lifetime, value and appeal. The SCHOTT MIROGARD® glazed glass for artworks protects prints, paintings and photographs from UV radiation penetration by absorbing at least 48% of the UV radiation, which makes the glazed glass better than the standard glazed glass products. With such, art galleries and museums can display items which would otherwise not go on display because of their sensitivity to UV radiation damage. MIROGARD® Protect and MIROGARD® Plus ensure absorption of up to 99% of the UV radiation. Better protection is simply not available.

The secret to the non-reflective properties of the SCHOTT MIROGARD® anti-reflective glass lies in the manufacturing process. SCHOTT coats the glass using sol-gel technology, which is applied in clean-room conditions. It is a process that entails the application of numerous titanium dioxide and silicon dioxide layers in exceptional precision, and then burning in of the above layers. The end result is a superior art-glass with an exceptionally stable and easy to clean surface.

In summary, the benefits of using SCHOTT MIROGARD® anti-reflective art glass are:

• Minimal residual reflection – as little as 1%.
• Truly transparent glass which ensures that true natural colours of the displayed item are visible.
• Superior protection against UV radiation.
• Extra strong and durable.
• Stable surface.
• Easy to maintain and clean.
• Addition of MIROGARD® Plus and MIROGARD® Protect enhances protection against UV radiation.

Contact us at Labotec Industrial Technologies for a quote and more information on anti-reflective glass for usage in galleries, museums and special collections.