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High Ion-Exchange (HIE™) vs. Soda Lime Glass


Soda lime is a float glass that can be either heat tempered or chemically strengthened. It does not require the specific treatment for use, thus making it inexpensive and available in multiple configurations. High Ion-Exchange (HIE™) glass is a thin lightweight, aluminosilicate glass that is used to achieve greater scratch, impact, and shock resistance. This is best suited for display cover glass applications. To achieve the full benefit of HIE™ glass, the material must have smooth, pencil ground edges, and must go through a custom HIE™ chemical strengthening process. HIE™ glass can achieve two times the compressive stress and depth of layer as does soda lime, if not greater.


HIE™ Glass advantages include:

  • Improved impact resistance
  • Improved flexibility strength
  • Improved scratch resistance
  • Improved resistance to temperature changes

Abrisa Technologies HIE™ glass is presently available in thicknesses from 0.5 to 3.0 mm and in sizes of up to 36″ x 29″.


Abrisa Technologies can supply the following HIE™ glass substrates:

  • Asahi Dragontrail™
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass
  • SCHOTT Xensation™

To learn more, click – HIE™ Glass or Soda Lime Glass




Abrisa Technologies is a recognized global supplier of high quality, fabricated glass components, optical thin film coatings, and custom glass solutions for a wide variety of industries. From our US based Abrisa Industrial Glass fabrication facility in Santa Paula, CA and our ZC&R Coatings for Optics division in Torrance, CA we serve diverse industries such as microelectronics and displays, semiconductor, military, automotive, aerospace, medical, biomedical and scientific R&D. We provide custom specialty flat glass and coating products for applications such as: flat panel display, touch and gesture recognition; visible to IR imaging and surveillance; entertainment, indoor and outdoor lighting; advanced instrumentation; and photonics.


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