Corning® Gorilla® Glass, engineered to be thin, lightweight, and extremely damage-resistant, is used on 40 major brands on more than 3 billion devices. This incredible technology that has revolutionized the user experience for many of the devices we rely on today is also an essential part of the latest leading edge developments in elevator interiors.
Not Just For Smartphones: A Functional and Beautiful Addition to Interior Architecture
The same qualities that make Gorilla Glass the go-to for consumer electronics manufacturers make it an ideal material for today’s architects.
Gorilla Glass can be used in wall systems, lighting panels, elevator cabs, and even in building facades and hurricane windows. While tremendously strong, it can also bend, which enables its use as a laminate that can fit specified curved shapes.
Gorilla Glass is optically clear so won’t distort the architects’ and designers’ visions. As a result, your whites are pristine, your colors are vibrant, and images pop. Unlike soda-lime glass (used for everything from windows to food containers), which has a greenish tint, Gorilla Glass allows for “true” color.
But that’s just the beginning. Imagine this capability throughout a building. Corning already has.
Using Gorilla Glass to Capitalize On a Captive Audience: Elevator Users
What do you do in an elevator? Make small talk? Stare at the ceiling? Or enjoy the ride? Corning business director Henry Dunnenberger says, “Business owners understand that even though the elevator is the smallest room in the building, for a few minutes, they have a captive audience and must make a good impression.”
To help them do just that, Corning collaborates with select customers, including SnapCab, to bring Gorilla Glass into elevator interiors. This collaboration enables designers, architects, elevator maintenance companies, and building owners to leverage the unique properties of the world’s toughest glass and the ease and convenience of SnapCab’s patented modular systems.
SnapCab and Corning: Bringing Innovation to Elevators
Benefits of the strategic collaboration between SnapCab and Corning include:
- Exceptional durability. Corning® Gorilla® Glass is resistant to damage and scratches, which is an important consideration with high-traffic elevators and those used for deliveries.
- Aesthetics. We can laminate the thin, lightweight glass onto plastics or decorative substrates. This creates virtually endless style, color, and printing options. The ability to produce “true whites” and pristine colors enhances the aesthetic value.
- Lightweight. Thin panels comply with applicable weight restrictions, a critical factor in elevator interiors. Manufacturers reduce cab weight and still achieve the look and feel of heavier materials, such as stone – or even standard glass. Traditional architectural glass weighs in at 2.875 pounds per square foot. Corning® Gorilla® Glass is 3.8 times lighter at just 0.750 pounds per square foot.
- Fire code compliant. Gorilla Glass integrated into SnapCab panels can be fire-rated and have undergone rigorous ANSI Z97.1 and E84 testing in their end-use configurations.
- Ease and convenience. These interiors require very little maintenance and are easy to clean. Traditionally, if a panel is damaged, owners would have to remodel the entire interior. With Gorilla Glass, they can simply reprint and replace the panel. This, in addition to the speed of initial installation, saves time and money.
- Future technology integration. As Gorilla Glass moves into the elevator industry, it opens the door to exciting possibilities. Imagine an interactive display to engage end-users, a touchscreen control panel, or antimicrobial glass to help protect the glass surface from microbes.
Corning® Gorilla® Glass utterly transformed the consumer electronics industry. But their incredible innovation has the potential to revolutionize architecture as well – starting with the heart of the building: the elevator. Together, SnapCab and Corning are innovating new ways to deliver the durability, style, value, and versatility of their product to change not just the way people use elevators, but the way they experience entire buildings.
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