Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today announced that it has officially launched its innovative MACOR® machinable glass ceramic material in the Asian market.
Designed for the production of precision components, MACOR has already proved ideal for use in a range of applications in industries including aerospace, electronics, medical, high vacuum, and laser. It is widely used across Europe and the United States.
MACOR played a key role in the United States’ reusable space shuttle orbiter program, with all hinge points, windows, and doors using retaining rings made from the material. In the medical industry, it is used in the manufacture of precision tools and devices, where the inert properties of MACOR are key. In laser technology components, such as cavities and reflectors, its high thermal, electrical insulation, and optical properties are also fully utilized.
MACOR is a mica glass ceramic material with a unique combination of properties. It is:
- Easily machinable using conventional metalworking tools, with no post-firing required
- A versatile ceramic material with technical strength and insulation properties exceeding high performance plastics
- Stable in high temperatures (continuous at 800 C, up to a peak of 1,000 C) with zero porosity and outgassing
- Tolerant (As little as 0.0005 inches, it can be machined to a surface finish of less than 20 micro-inches and polished to a smoothness of 0.5 micro-inches AA.)
- An electrical insulator that is radiation-resistant and has low thermal conductivity
For manufacturers, these characteristics mean that production processes can be shorter and faster, so new products can get to market quicker. The material is versatile, can perform in harsh operating environments, and can be soldered to a wide range of materials.
“Manufacturers in Asia, regardless of the industry they work in, are demanding ever higher operating performance from their technology to ensure their products offer the quality that their customers require,” said Franck de Lorgeril, Global Marketing and Sales manager, Industrial Products at Corning. “It is vital, therefore, that they have access to high-quality and trusted material solutions capable of creating components that enable them to stand out against competitors. MACOR may well be the difference maker they are looking for, backed up by Corning’s strong commitment to customer service.”
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Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.