Thursday, October 16, 2014

By Guillermo Seta

Over the last decade, protective surface coatings with water repellent qualities, also known as hydrophobic or easy-to-clean (E2C) coatings, have been suffering a transformation by the form and manner in which they have been supplied to the glass industry, as well as the perception by both the consumer and the glass fabricator and/or glass shop.

From hydrophobic coatings and Contact Angle (as a "static dimension") to hydrophilic coatings and self-cleaning glass and the NEW way of understanding what I call "functional architecture" by assessing the value of Sliding Angle (as a "dynamic dimension"), I invite you to know some essential facts one should know while looking at protective coatings.

Background

In order to better understand such interesting, and even intriguing transformation, and the various developmental stages that have taken place globally, one must also understand the reasons, market needs, and some of the leading suppliers involved, which I will refer to as "players" - dominating the field in the highly-competitive glass industry. Many players have surfaced and many others have disappeared, transformed, and/or merged, due to the marketing need of the moment, whether driven by price or simply copying an existing successful business model of another supplier. Such transformation has occurred in front of our eyes over the last 10 years or so and, in many cases, it has been sheer copy cats without any regard to quality or science whatsoever.

The concept of a hydrophobic coating in the US Flat Architectural Glass Industry was first brought to the market, in any significant way, during the late 90's by Diamon-Fusion International (DFI). DFI not only brought the concept of an E2C hydrophobic but also oleophobic (oil-repellent) as well as its enhancement with additional properties of added scratch and impact resistance, UV stability, optical clarity, increased electrical insulation, among the main attributes of such 'enhanced hydrophobicity' as it was called by DFI back in the early to mid 2000's.

What makes a hydrophobic coating functional?

As its name denotes, one of the first and foremost core properties of any hydrophobic coating that one should know is precisely how hydrophobic, or water-repellent, the coating makes the surface. Why? Simply because the more hydrophobic the surface becomes, the less water will spread out and deposit its minerals and contaminants on the glass surface.
The fewer deposits, the less cleaning is required, and when cleaning is needed the spots are easier to remove from the very smooth surface of this type of hydrophobic coating. Less water on the surface also reduces the moisture bacteria needs to grow. The treated surface can now be easily cleaned with no more than water, creating an additional environmental positive impact, a 'green' attribute, by eliminating the need for harsh chemicals as cleaning agents since they are no longer required.The measurement that defines the degree of water-repellency of a surface is (before or after being treated with a hydrophobic coating) called “Contact Angle”, also called "wetting angle", which is the angle formed by the material's surface and the tangent of the interface between the fluid (i.e. water) and the environment at the liquid/solid (i.e. glass surface) point of contact. See graphic on the right (typical Contact Angle of an untreated glass surface).

In core practical terms, however, the Contact Angle is simply an indicator of wettability, so the smaller the Contact Angle, the easier to wet the surface is, and then by contrast, the larger the Contact Angle is, the harder to wet the surface is, as shown on the graphic below.



You may then ask yourself the following two questions:

a) Is the single measurement of “Contact Angle” the best way to define a protective coating's performance?

b) What else defines quality as an easy-to-clean surface?

These are probably two of the most relevant questions one can ask about any hydrophobic easy-to-clean coating and perhaps the MOST HIDDEN fact by most coating suppliers, as they truly uncover the truth behind the quality of the product. Yet, coating suppliers will typically evade these critical considerations with all sorts of misleading statements and false claims. The unequivocal and irrefutable scientific FACT is that performance not necessarily determined by the initial Contact Angle measurement after the glass surface is treated but rather how it will perform over time or, in other words, how will the Contact Angle behaves with the normal tear and wear once the surface is exposed to the different environments. Most hydrophobic easy-to-clean coatings have an initial Contact Angle anywhere from as low as 75 degrees to as high as 120 degrees. The ones that are on the low end, especially under 90 degrees, are not interested, for obvious reasons, in disclosing any measurement. These suppliers downplay or completely disregard any value to Contact Angle measurements, as they do not want to lose any “marketing edge” vs. any higher Contact Angle coating. You may hear a supplier calling this issue “the war of the bubbles” and dismissing it as irrelevant. As I’ve shown, this is not at all true - it does matter and you should know why in order to make a smart decision when choosing a coating for your own use, whether you are the owner of a building, business or simply for your own household or automotive use. In fact, their dismissal of this critical measurement should tell you all you need to know about their coating.

So while Contact Angle is important, it is more important to know how the Contact Angle measurement varies over time. If your coated surface still remains at a relatively high Contact Angle AFTER a significant period of time, let’s say a few years (without the need to routinely re-apply, which is the case with coatings that do not have a PERMANENT BOND), then you are in the presence of a high-performance coating. The analogy that I often draw out of this question is the following: if you are purchasing a computer, wouldn’t you want to know how much memory and what size hard drive it has, as they will determine the overall performance of your computer? Likewise, not having any information about the Contact Angle, from a purely scientific or empirical perspective, is like not knowing the size of the hard drive in your computer. This is simply a matter of accuracy and disclosure of scientific facts that DO affect your everyday life by having access to improved performance. Then, taking the analogy a step further, wouldn't you want to know the speed of the processor or how fast you can perform your tasks with that same computer? This relevant 'speed' which determines your degree of productivity to a great extent, is precisely what the "Sliding Angle" represents, as it will be explained. One should know the difference between mediocre, good and excellent protective coatings to enhance your glass surfaces and keep it cleaner for longer periods of time thus reducing the required maintenance.

Brief historical context

Pilkington came in the mid 2000's with its Pilkington Activ™ hydrophilic (water-attracting) coating product, introducing for the very first time, worldwide, the new concept of "self-cleaning" glass; and here lies, in my personal view, the biggest myth ever produced in the glass industry. Why? Because as brilliant of an idea as this concept truly was, it was (and has been since) equally misleading and flawed at many levels, as I have been saying since the day it was first introduced. I call it a "lab coating", meaning that it can only produce its conceptual value and intended functional qualities at a lab session where all the variables can be manipulated and mechanically controlled. After more than 10 years, I have yet to see any building, anywhere, treated with any such self-cleaning product that would truly clean itself even under a torrential rain. However, if any producer or manufacturer of any such self- cleaning glass has supplied to any building anywhere in the world that can show and field prove this self-cleaning feature and capability, I urge and invite them to share such unique application and specific geographical location - as I'm yet to find it myself. Much to my surprise, many other players followed suit over the next 10 years, mostly all glass manufacturers that had the need to introduce something new, yet easy to bundle to increase sales volumes.

Why is it then that the self-cleaning glass concept failed so badly?

(Or at least not produced the high initial expectations of exponential increase in sales?)

The so-called self-cleaning glass then consisted of a hydrophilic coating with photocatalyctic properties fused into the glass at high temperatures during the manufacturing process. This type of coating typically reacts with the sun’s ultraviolet light and water (rain or induced water spray). Thus, these two elements (sunlight and water) must be present at the exact same time for the coating to be effective, creating the advertised sheeting action so that water can easily rinse the loosened dirt away. Due to its integral characteristics, there are many limitations to this concept of "self-cleaning", such as the following: glass must receive both sunlight and water in order to be "activated" (become functional as intended), it is not applicable to all kinds of glass, cannot be applied in the field but rather at manufacturing level only (making repair or replacement a lot more expensive), and it’s typically a lot more expensive than hydrophobic coatings. By contrast, most hydrophobic coatings require no ‘activation’.

There are other theories that refer to the "self-cleaning" glass differently - as those coatings with very high Contact Angles where the mechanical action required is virtual unnecessary and no accumulation of contaminants occurs. These theories are also hard to support, as I believe the misconception of self-cleaning is contrary to the reality and expectations of any end-user. For any glass to possibly be considered self-cleaning it would have to have a Contact Angle close to 180 degrees to then create a “rolling effect” (as shown in graphic below) so that no action will be required for any material, water or otherwise, to automatically roll off the treated glass hence never sticking at any point, leaving it as if nothing had ever touched the surface. Such ultra-hydrophobic theoretical concept is virtually the only way that one may reasonably claim the glass is truly self-cleaning. Anything beyond this concept is disingenuous and misleading, and therefore lacks credibility.



Ball “Rolling Effect” of a 180 deg. Contact Angle

So the answer to my somewhat rhetorical question of why self-cleaning glass is failing is very simple: because one can mislead with a descriptive name for only so long, and facts end up speaking by themselves. In other words, a self-cleaning surface that does not actually self-clean is an oxymoron, period. Furthermore, this is the reason why most, if not all, such self-cleaning coatings have been a monumental failure as they have not been adopted in any significant fashion anywhere in the world.

As opposed to the unrealistic expectations of “self-cleaning” glass, Easy-to-Clean hydrophobic coatings essentially create a surface that repels the water as well as the minerals and contaminants it carries. Supporters claim that by repelling this water, fewer drops can stick to the glass and dry there (depositing its cargo) - thus, fewer spots. When it comes time to cleaning the glass, those spots can’t stick as easily to the smooth surface and so they are easier to remove. Thus the treated surface becomes easy-to-clean, very similar to the concept of a Teflon-coated cooking pan.



Contact Angle Image: Treated Glass with Diamon-Fusion® nanocoating vs. Untreated Glass

What is "Sliding Angle"?

Why is this NEW concept in Architectural Glass so valuable? 

While Sliding Angle is not necessarily a new concept, its historical use has been traditionally limited to the automotive industry. The introduction of Sliding Angle into the Flat Glass Architectural Industry is in my view, of paramount importance as this "dynamic dimension" (in addition to the already known "static dimension" of Contact Angle) truly completes the whole picture and much better defines overall performance since it adds the processor speed to the size of the hard drive - going back to my aforementioned computer analogy. 

Why do I mention speed? Because such "slickness" then provides the speed (which defines the angle) at which water can travel making the treated surface that much faster while being absent of water and all other contaminants that would otherwise stick. While the Contact Angle, as a static dimension, will increase gravity for water to move faster with less "tail", the Sliding Angle, as a dynamic dimension, will improve the quality of the glass by making it easy-to-clean. 

Sliding Angle may also be called "roll-off" angle and has its own practical meaning and usefulness. It is defined as the angle between the sample surface and the horizontal plane at which the liquid drop starts to slide off the sample surface under gravity influence. In its simplest explanation, however, Sliding Angle measures the “slickness” of a surface – whether coated or not.

The intrinsic value of Sliding Angle when it comes to architectural glass has to do with the fact that the material choices in architectural designs, including slope, ought to consider rain drops rolling off in order to maintain the integrity of the glass and cosmetic beauty (of the building facade) while minimizing glass erosion, a relevant but yet underestimated issue. The angles of the surfaces relative to the ground should be at least larger than the water Sliding Angles on the surface of the roofing materials. Then, the Sliding Angle absolutely determines how easy-to-clean the building facade becomes: the lower the angle the easier to clean the glass surface is. Coatings with Sliding Angles in the low 20 degrees are most effective when it comes to the easy-to-clean feature, thus saving time and material cost during cleaning cycles, providing a very tangible return-on-investment for the coating. 

Sliding Angle is measured by placing a drop of water - the size of which is determined by the testing standard - at one end of the sample of coated glass. Then the sample is tilted until the drop of water begins sliding. The tilt of the glass at that very instant is the Sliding Angle. The lower the Sliding Angle the slicker the surface. The slicker the surface, the less elements (such as water and contaminants) can stick. As it measures how easy or difficult it is for things to stick to the surface, Sliding Angle therefore can be that credible proxy to measure “easy-to-clean” that the industry needs. So the lower the Sliding Angle of a surface, the easier it is to clean. 



On the graphic above, a solid surface is tilted in order to measure the water droplets on the surface as they slide. 

Conclusion 

A hydrophobic coating provides glass not only a water-repellant surface but most importantly an easy-to-clean surface. 

Seeking the best combination of a high and durable Contact Angle with a low and durable Sliding Angle will unquestionably offer the best value on Architectural Glass, and therefore the most cost-effective solution to protect your investment (i.e. commercial building), with best return (ROI) and most significant costs savings, including water savings and best alternative for a cleaner and greener environment. As explained, the slicker the surface, the less elements (such as water and contaminants) can stick to it. Such slickness or smoothness effectively imparts the velocity (which defines the angle) at which water can travel making the treated surface that much easier to clean while being absent of water and all other contaminants that would otherwise stick. 

While the Contact Angle, as a static dimension, will increase gravity for water to move faster with less "tail", the Sliding Angle, as a dynamic dimension, will improve the quality of the glass by making it easy-to-clean as pollutants and contaminants will find a harder barrier to stick - under such smoother surface. It can then be extrapolated as follows:

The lower the Sliding Angle and the higher the Contact Angle, the faster the water (and other contaminants) will travel over the treated hydrophobic surface, hence the faster and easier the surface will be cleaned AND the less water shall be required for cleaning and maintaining such treated glass as well. 

Therefore, collectively speaking, the lowest possible Sliding Angle combined with the highest possible Contact Angle, while both angles remain durable over time, will unquestionably provide the highest glass performance, and improved quality overall, while enhancing both beauty and functionality to all architectural glass.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Diamon-Fusion International (DFI), estará presentando su nueva máquina de aplicación de capa protectora de sistema patentado industrial FuseCube ™, este mes de octubre en el evento mundial para la industria del vidrio, Glasstec 2014, en el centro de exposiciones de Düsseldorf en Nordrhein-Westfalen, Alemania. Glasstec es la feria mundial más importante y líder en Europa como la base global más confiable para fabricantes y distribuidores de vidrio plano y vidrios especiales, que presenta 1.300 expositores y más de 55.000 profesionales del sector relacionado al vidrio de todo el mundo, uniéndose así en un predio gigante y siendo la fuente central de las tendencias de la industria del vidrio.

Glasstec 2014 ofrece la plataforma ideal para introducir esta innovadora tecnología proporcionada por FuseCube de DFI, ofreciendo el sistema más avanzado para la aplicación de una capa protectora hidrofóbica de larga duración. Este sistema de aplicación innovador que lleva la marca CE, es totalmente automatizado facilitando ahorros sustanciales anuales en costo de material y mano de obra a fabricantes y manufactureras de vidrio en comparación a cualquier otro método de aplicación tradicional manual o en aerosol de capa protectora. La eliminación de los tiempos de curado y el tamaño reducido, aumenta dramáticamente el rendimiento y ganancias por metro cuadrado de espacio de producción. La versión más pequeña del FuseCube ™, tiene una capacidad para aplicar la capa protectora Diamon-Fusion de ambos lados del vidrio al mismo tiempo siendo la capacidad de a más de 167 metros cuadrados (más de 1800 pies cuadrados) de superficie. En aproximadamente una hora, el FuseCube ™ puede cubrir quince veces más que cualquier método de aplicación manual tradicional ocupando el mismo espacio en fábrica.

El FuseCube™ es extremadamente simple de operar. Se ingresan los paneles de vidrio, se cargan los cartuchos de Diamon-Fusion, se pulsa un botón y comienza el proceso de aplicación automatizado de cientos de metros cuadrados al mismo tiempo en menos de una hora. El sistema automático lleva a cabo el proceso de recubrimiento completo e indica con una luz cuando termina el ciclo y el vidrio puede ser retirado de la cámara . El FuseCube simplemente puede ser descargado y vuelto a cargar una y otra vez, proporcionando el máximo rendimiento a un costo mínimo. Cada pieza de cristal queda totalmente revestida con la capa protectora patentada Diamon-Fusion , creando un vidrio con alta repelencia al agua y al aceite, más difícil de manchar, de fácil limpieza , más resistente al impacto y rayaduras , y mucho más brillante.

En adición, el FuseCube minimiza la mano de obra, evitando problemas de seguridad y regulaciones, eliminando riesgos, ya que no hay aplicación manual de químicos. Los cartuchos del FuseCube son desechables y no necesitan ningún tipo de equipo de seguridad. También ofrece un ambiente más limpio y verde al proporcionar un proceso de cero emisiones aprobado por las agencias de gestión de calidad de aire más exigentes del mundo

"Glasstec es, sin duda, el Foro Mundial de líderes en la industria y estamos realmente muy contentos de presentar nuestro sistema de aplicación automatizada FuseCube , el único existente en el mundo. Este desarrollo importante para nuestro crecimiento global ha sido nuestra meta; y estamos orgullosos de presentar nuestra nueva cámara de capas protectoras en Glasstec. El proceso automático del FuseCube de DFI, verdaderamente puede ofrecer beneficios nunca vistos, tanto en la industria local en Alemania como en todo el mundo", declaró Guillermo Seta, vicepresidente corporativo de DFI."Desde el inicio, DFI ha estado trabajando para perfeccionar nuestra tecnología patentada Diamon-Fusion ® en aplicación de capas protectoras en cámara. Con el FuseCube ™ hemos desarrollado un sistema de aplicación de capa protectora más limpio, más fácil, más seguro y más rentable en el mercado global de aplicación de capas protectoras" añadió Russell Slaybaugh, Vicepresidente y gerente general de DFI.

La tecnología principal del FuseCube está operando en más de tres docenas de lugares en diez países en América del norte, Europa y Asia.

Para obtener más información sobre el FuseCube™ o Diamon-Fusion International, Inc., por favor visítenos www.DFIsolutions.com o contáctenos a: info@diamonfusion.com, teléfono : +1.949.388.8000.

Sobre Diamon-Fusion International (DFI) 

Desde 1997, Diamon-Fusion International (DFI) ha fabricado y distribuido recubrimientos protectores, productos de maquinaria y restauración de aplicación de capas protectoras para arquitectura y transporte, en superficies tales como vidrio, granito, azulejos, porcelana y cuarzo. Recubrimientos de DFI significativamente reducen los costos de mantenimiento, son resistentes al impacto, resistente a rayaduras y grafiti, manteniendo las superficies como nuevas para siempre. Los capas protectoras de DFI, son productos galardonados, patentados, de calidad profesional, y disponibles a través de aplicadores autorizados y distribuidores, así como productos altamente eficaces de aplicación para el consumidor final. Con sede en California, DFI posee patentes y patentes-pendiente en todo el mundo, tiene una red de ventas globales y distribución que abarcan Norte, Centro y Sur de América, Europa, Asia, África del sur, Australia y Nueva Zelanda.

Para obtener mayor información sobre DFI puede visitar: www.DFIsolutions.com.
Diamon-Fusion International (DFI), está pronto para mostrar seu novo sistema de aplicação de revestimento de proteção patenteado Diamon-Fusion ®, o FuseCube ™ neste mês de outubro no evento mundial para a indústria de vidro, Glasstec 2014 no Centro de Exposições Düsseldorf em Nordrhein-Westfalen, Alemanha. Glasstec é uma feira da Europa e base de confiança global para fabricantes e distribuidores de vidro plano e vários outros artigos de vidro especializada, permitindo que 1.300 expositores e mais de 55.000 profissionais do setor de todo o mundo a se unirem em um lugar só para se concentrar em uma visão aprofundada sobre a evolução futura da a indústria do vidro. 

Glasstec 2014 oferece a plataforma ideal para introduzir esta tecnologia inovadora fornecida por DFI o FuseCube, oferecendo o sistema mais avançado para a aplicação de um revestimento protetor hidrofóbico de longa duração. Este sistema de aplicação inovadora, que tem a marca CE, é totalmente automatizado para economizar aos fabricantes de vidro dezenas, se não centenas, de milhares de dólares por ano em custos de materiais e de trabalho manual em comparação com qualquer outro spray-aplicação tradicional destes revestimentos de superfície. A eliminação do tempo de tratatamento em pequenas pegadas, aumenta drasticamente o rendimento, capacidade e lucro por metro quadrado de espaço de produção para o fabricante. Com a versão menor a capacidade de aplicar Diamon-Fusion para ambos os lados e de todas as bordas é até 75 painéis - que ascende para 167 metros quadrados (mais de 1800 pés quadrados) de área de superfície - em aproximadamente uma hora, o FuseCube ™ pode revestir quinze vezes mais área de superfície do que qualquer método aplicado por pulverização manual tradicional na mesma pegada de fábrica. 

O FuseCube é simples de operar como uma máquina de venda automática. Os operadores carregam o vidro, colocam os cartuchos de Diamon-Fusion, apertam um botão e tratam milhares de metros quadrados em menos de uma hora. O sistema automática gerencia todo o processo de revestimento e indica com um luz quando o ciclo esta revestido e você pode retirar o vidro. O FuseCube pode simplesmente ser descarregados, recarregados, em seguida, e execute novamente garantindo máxima eficiência em um custo mínimo. Cada pedaço de vidro é totalmente revestido com o revestimento patenteada Diamon-Fusion, tornando-os altamente repelente a água e óleo, resistente a manchas, mais fácil de limpar, resistente ao impacto e (reduzindo dano do transporte e manuseio), e mais brilhante.

Além disso, o FuseCube reduz regulatórias de segurança e preocupações, eliminando riscos de manipulação e de pulverização de produtos químicos de revestimento dentro de facilidades. O cartucho de uso único do FuseCube significa nenhum produto químico para lidar com ou spray, portanto nenhum equipamento de segurança é necessária. Ele também fornece um ambiente mais limpo, proporcionando um processo de emissão zero aprovado pelos órgãos de gestão da qualidade do ar mais exigentes do mundo. 

"Glasstec é inquestionavelmente o líder global fórum da indústria e estamos realmente empolgados para mostrar o nosso sistema de revestimento incomparável o FuseCube. Este desenvolvimento importante para o nosso crescimento global tem sido o nosso objetivo final; e estamos orgulhosos de ter uma câmara de revestimento de proteção em ‘território Glasstec '. O Processo da DFI simplificada e automática o FuseCube realmente pode oferecer benefícios invisíveis, tanto para a indústria local, na Alemanha e no mundo ", afirmou Guillermo Seta, Vice-Presidente Corporativo da DFI. "Desde o início, DFI vem trabalhando para aperfeiçoar a nossa tecnologia patenteado de câmara de aplicação de revestimento Diamon-Fusion ®. Com o FuseCube ™ nós desenvolvemos um sistema que é o mais limpo, mais fácil, mais seguro e protetor método de aplicação de revestimento de baixo custo no mercado global de revestimentos de proteção. ", Acrescentou Russell Slaybaugh, Vice-Presidente e Gerente Geral. 

A tecnologia do FuseCube está operando em mais de três dezenas locais em dez países da América do Norte, Europa e Ásia. 

Para mais informações sobre outros projetos da DFI ou a gama de restauração, proteção e manutenção disponível, por favor visite http://www.dfisolutions.com, e-mail Nbabikian@diamonfusion.com, o liga + 1.888.388-4DFI. 

Sobre Diamon-Fusion International (DFI) 

Desde 1997, Diamon-Fusion International (DFI Nanotecnologia), tem feito a vida das pessoas mais fácil e mais bonita, no desenvolvimento, fabricação distribuição de revestimentos de proteção, maquinário de aplicação, produtos para restauração de superfícies arquitetônicas e transportáveis, tais como vidro, granito, piso, porcelana e quartzo. Os revestimentos da DFI reduzem significativamente os custos de manutenção, são resistente ao impacto, riscos e grafite e pode manter as superfícies parecendo e atuando como novo para sempre. A amplitude de que os produtos da DFI oferece, varia entre premiado e patenteado, produtos de qualidade disponíveis através de aplicadores profissionais e distribuidores autorizados para uso fácil e altamente eficaz, que os próprios consumidores possam aplicar . Fazendo assim uma constante introdução de produtos inovadores e educando a indústria sobre os benefícios de tecnologias de revestimento para superfícies que inclui proteção para vidros e superfícies de vidro, DFI é uma empresa líder mundial em produtos e serviços de revestimentos fáceis de limpar. Com sede no sul da Califórnia, DFI detém patentes e patentes pendentes em todo o mundo e tem uma rede global de vendas e distribuição no Norte, Central e América do Sul, Europa, Ásia, África do Sul, Austrália e Nova Zelândia. 

Para mais informações sobre DFI você pode visitar: www.DFIsolutions.com.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Diamon-Fusion International (DFI) wird auf der Glasstec im Oktober erstmalig in Europa die patentierte Beschichtungskammer “FuseCube” vorstellen. Diese Messe mit internationalem Fachpublikum aus der weltweiten Glasindustrie und mehr al 1300 Austellern zeigt Innovationen im Bereich der Glasbearbeitung und Perspektiven für die Zukunft. 

Glasstec ist die ideale Messe um die innovative Technologie des FuseCube zu präsentieren. Diese Beschichtungskammer ist das effektivste und innovativste System zur vollautomatischen Beschichtung von Glasflächen. Das CE qualifizierte System schafft durch seine innovative Arbeitsweise nicht nur Flexibilität, sondern spart auf Dauer signifikante Kosten bei der Beschichtung von Glas. Gleichzeitig erhalten Sie so einen wiederholbaren und kontrollierten Prozess bei der Beschichtung. Selbst mit der kleinsten Variante des FuseCube können bereits bis zu 167 m2 beidseitig beschichtet werden – und das in nur einer Stunde. Das bedeutet, dass Sie in dieser Zeit etwa fünfzehnmal mehr beschichten können, als mit herkömmlichen Sprühanwendungen. 

Die Bedienung des FuseCube ist einfach und erfordert kaum Schulung für den Anwender. Nach Beladen der Kammer werden die von DFI gelieferten Kartuschen eingesetzt, der Startknopf gedrückt und in nur einer Stunde sind die in der Kammer befindlichen Glasteile vollständig beschichtet. Dabei kommt selbstverständlich die patentierte zweistufige Beschichtung von Diamon-Fusion zum Einsatz. Das (gleichbleibende) Resultat sind Wasser – und Ölabweisende Oberflächen, die leichter zu reinigen sind und gleichzeitig kratzresistenter und widerstandsfähiger sind (besonders für den Transport oder den Einbau). Gleichzeitig erhält die Oberfläche mehr Brillanz und sieht so besser aus. 

Zusätzlich ist der FuseCube auch für den Anwender deutlich sicherer – in der Produktion werden keinerlei Chemikalien versprüht. Die Einweg-Kartuschen können einfach entsorgt werden, zusätzliche Sicherheitseinrichtungen sind nicht erforderlich. Und auch die Umwelt profitiert von dieser Innovation: es handelt sich um einen emissionsfreien Prozess! 

“Glasstec ist ohen Frage die weltweit bedeutendste Messe für Innovationen in der Glasindustrie. Und natürlich sind wir begeistert, dass wir hier zum ersten Mal in Europa den FuseCube vorstellen können. Die Entwicklung dieser Bechichtungskammer stellt einen Meilenstein in unserer Firmengeschichte dar. Wir sind uns sicher, dass die Glasindustrie weltweit den Nutzen dieser Art der Beschichtung erkennen wird.” erklärt Guillermo Seta, DFI’s Corporate Vice President. “Seit der Gründung des Unternehmens hat DFI kontinuierlich an der Verbesserung der Technologie einer Beschichtungskammer gearbeitet. Mit dem FuseCube stellen wir jetzt die sauberste, effektivste und schnellste industrielle Beschichtungskammer vor” ergänzt Russell Slaybaugh, DFI's Vice President.

Die FuseCube Technologie arbeitet bereits in mehr als 36 Produktionen weltweit. 

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Über Diamon-Fusion International (DFI) 

Seit 1997 hat Diamon-Fusion (DFI) dafür gesorgt, das Leben einfacher und klarer zu machen; seit dieser Zeit entwickelt produziert und vertreibt DFI schützende Beschichtungen weltweit. Neben manuellen Anwendungen bietet DFI auch industrielle Beschichtungsmöglichkeiten für eine Vielzahl von Oberflächen, wie z.B. Glas, Granit, Fliesen, Porzellan und Quarz. Die Beschichtung von DFI reduziert die Instandhaltungskosten dieser Oberflächen nachhaltig, macht sie widerstandsfähiger und schmutzabweisend - kurz: die einmal behandelte Oberfläche erhält ihr Aussehen über viele Jahre hinweg. Im Produktprogramm von DFI finden sich neben (mit Preisen ausgezeichneten) Produkten für professionelle Anwender und autorisierte Händler auch einfach anzuwendende Produkte für den Privatbereich. Durch die kontinuierliche Weiterentwicklung und die Einführung neuer und innovativer Produkte in Verbindung mit effektiven Schulungsmaßnahmen hat sich DFI zum weltweit führenden Anbieter von Schutzbeschichtungen entwickelt. Die Zentrale des Unternehmens befindet sich in Kalifornien. Die patentierten Produkte werden von Vertriebspartnern weltweit vertrieben, wie z.B. in Nord- und Südamerika, Europa, Asien, Südafrika, Australien und Neuseeland. 

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Diamon-Fusion International (DFI), is set to showcase its new patented Diamon-Fusion® protective coating application system, the FuseCube™ this October at the global event for the glass industry, Glasstec 2014 at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Glasstec is Europe’s leading fairshow and trusted global base for manufacturers and distributors of flat glass and various other specialized glassware, enabling 1,300 exhibitors and over 55,000 world-wide industry professionals to come together in one place to focus on in-depth insight into future developments in the glass industry.

Glasstec 2014 provides the ideal platform to introduce this innovative technology provided by DFI’s FuseCube, offering the most advanced system for applying a long-lasting hydrophobic protective coating. This innovative application system which bears the CE Mark, is fully automated saving glass fabricators and manufacturers tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars annually in material and labor costs compared to any other traditional spray-application of these surface coatings. The elimination of cure times and small footprint dramatically increases manufacturer throughput, capacity and profit per square meter of production space. With the smallest version having the ability to apply Diamon-Fusion to both sides and all edges of up to 75 panels – amounting to over 167 square meters (over 1800 square feet) of surface area – in approximately one hour, the FuseCube™ can coat fifteen times more surface area than any traditional manual spray-applied method in the same factory footprint.

The FuseCube is as simple to operate as a vending machine. Operators load the glass, drop in DFI's proprietary Diamon-Fusion cartridges, press a button and coat hundreds of square meters (or thousands of square feet) in less than an hour. The automatic system conducts the entire coating process and indicates with a light when the cycle is done and the glass can be removed. The FuseCube can then simply be unloaded, reloaded, and then run again providing maximum throughput at a minimum cost. Each piece of glass is entirely coated with the patented Diamon-Fusion coating, making them highly water and oil repellent, harder to stain, easier to clean, impact and scratch resistant (reducing transportation and handling damage), and more brilliant.

In addition, the FuseCube reduces safety and regulatory concerns by eliminating risks of handling and spraying coating chemicals within facilities. FuseCube’s single-use cartridge means no chemical to handle or spray, so no safety gear is needed. It also delivers a cleaner environment by providing a zero-emission process approved by the most stringent air quality management agencies in the world.

 “Glasstec is unquestionably the global industry-leading forum and we are genuinely thrilled to showcase our one-of-a-kind FuseCube coating system. This important development for our global growth has been our ultimate goal; and we are proud to have a protective coating chamber on 'Glasstec ground’. DFI’s streamlined and automatic FuseCube process can truly offer unseen benefits to both the local industry in Germany and globally,” stated Guillermo Seta, DFI’s corporate vice president. “Since inception, DFI has been working to perfect our patented Diamon-Fusion® coating application chamber technology. With the FuseCube™ we’ve developed a system that is the cleanest, easiest, safest and most cost-effective protective coating application method in the global protective coatings market.” added Russell Slaybaugh, DFI's vice president and general manager.

The FuseCube’s core technology is operating in over three dozen locations across ten countries in North America, Europe and Asia.

For more information on the FuseCube™ or Diamon-Fusion International, Inc., please visit www.DFIsolutions.com or contact the company at: info@diamonfusion.com, Phone: +1.949.388.8000.

About Diamon-Fusion International (DFI)

Since 1997, Diamon-Fusion International (DFI) has been making people's lives easier and more beautiful by developing, manufacturing and distributing protective coatings, application machinery and restoration products for architectural and transportation surfaces such as glass, granite, tile, porcelain and quartz. DFI's coatings significantly reduce maintenance costs, are impact, scratch and graffiti resistant, and can keep surfaces looking and performing like-new forever. DFI's product offering ranges from award-winning, patented, professional-quality products available through authorized applicators and distributors to easy-to-use highly-effective, do-it-yourself products for consumers. Headquartered in Southern California, DFI holds patents and patents-pending worldwide and has a global sales and distribution network spanning North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

For more information about DFI you may visit www.DFIsolutions.com.