For more than 165 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics, along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities, to develop products that transform industries and enhance people’s lives. Since the late 1800s, Corning has contributed to the safety and propulsion of the transportation industry, from inventing a revolutionary railroad safety lens in 1877 to supplying heat-resistant safety windows for the first American-manned spacecraft in 1961. Over the last century, Corning has achieved many milestones and advancements for the automotive industry in safety glass and emissions-control solutions. Today, Corning continues to innovate with exciting advancements in sophisticated cover glass solutions for next-generation automobiles.
Standard railroad lenses require ridges to focus the light, but collect grime that dims the signal, resulting in frequent accidents. Corning designs a revolutionary lens with a smooth exterior, earning the company its first patent and ongoing business with the railroads. Corning later improves safety even more with colored lenses that increase visibility and low-expansion glass that resists shattering.