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Fighter jet on runway at night

Gillinder Glass provides a major engineering resource to commercial, military, and private aircraft manufacturers, distributors and lighting fixture OEMs in North America and Europe.

In addition to more standard products, the Gillinder Glass engineering team has developed a proprietary Thin–Wall Lens. Developed principally for military projects for improved flight performance, the process is now being marketed to the entire aerospace industry where weight reduction can be a key ingredient to success. Gillinder Glass’ specially formulated soda lime and borosilicate compositions with increased working times combined with advanced pressing technology and skilled craftsman can achieve 20% to 50% thinner wall thickness (as thin as 1 mm) while maintaining mechanical and thermal integrity.

Until this technological breakthrough, pressed glass shapes this thin could not be made. Glass this thin could only be reached on flat filters through grinding and polishing or through phosphate-based molded parts not suitable to exterior environments. While we have seen our thin-walled pressed shapes satisfy many cockpit applications, we believe offering both thin-walled borosilicate and soda-lime compositions acceptable for use in exterior applications will now permit our customers to meet their weight reduction goals.

Gillinder Glass supplies a broad spectrum of products and extensive capabilities for the general and commercial aircraft of today and tomorrow as well as special products for the United States military and defense industry.

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