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TLC International's Outsource R&D Technical Glass Cutting Lab

In today's rapidly changing high-tech environment, being first-to-market is vital to companies that reach and maintain a paramount competitive edge. Precision high-accuracy mechanical glass cutting equipment and expertise have been the core technological advantage in thin, flat glass/substrate product manufacturing since the early 1970's. Only a few companies in the world manufacture equipment designed specifically to precisely singulate thin, flat, technical/specialty glass (laminated or single sheet) with high yields.

In 1998, TLC International began design and development of mechanical high-accuracy glass cutting machines with revolutionary changes to the age-old scribe technology. TLC's Design/Engineering/BuildTeam incorporates nearly 100 years of technical experience and expertise in thin flat glass singulation. The resulting machines (Gen-3 & Gen-5) produce fast, dry (no oil/water) singulation, clean afterbreak edges, and high yields on standard naked or coated thin technical glass/substrates and microsheet glass.

Over a decade later, with proven success in the European, Asian and North American theaters, and satisfied customers including industry giants such as 3M, DuPont, Corning, GE, several avionic/aerospace and government space agency facilities, TLC became keenly aware of the growing void involved when projects are brought to the forefront within companies without the resources for an in-house R&D facility.

TLC began an innovative approach to provide a solution by opening an Outsource R&D Technical Glass Cutting Lab to establish close technical glass cutting liaison partnering within a variety of industries. As the glass cutting industry moves relentlessly toward smaller, thinner and lighter glass substrates for mobile electronic device display modules, touch screens, photovoltaic cells, color filters, optical components, mirrors, polarizers, etc., including shaped (multilinear/circular/curvilinear/free-form) laminates, TLC's R&D Lab has proven both economical and expedient, and is now fully tested and successful.

Outsourcing technical glass cutting R&D services provides the ability to be first to market without a major investment in capital equipment acquisition, often leading to enhanced effectiveness by permitting a company to focus on core competencies and lessen its demands on tangible resources.

For these reasons, TLC's Outsource R&D Lab is the ideal solution to a long existing problem. Services include:

  • Fast prototype assistance
  • Product development consulting
  • Research and development on small runs
  • Close communication with design/development engineers
  • Shaped laminate design assistance

Investigate how TLC's Outsource R&D Glass Cutting Lab can benefit you and your colleagues to propel visionary new products to the marketplace quickly and efficiently, with the confidence that the work will be done with the highest quality control, precision equipment, quick turnaround and confirmed technical glass cutting expertise.

To discuss particular projects, contact Larry Linden, VP Engineering: direct +1 602 296-1887, cell +1 602 358-9209, or E-mail.