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Large Glass for New Hygiene Standards in Hospitals

A clean solution: 27 square meters of glass with a photorealistic ceramic-ink digital print

Not only can sedak produce oversize glass units; sedak also moves mountains. For the HT Group, a supplier of room solutions in the sector of medical engineering, the fabricator has produced a 9m x 3m digital printed glass pane. The 10mm thick, heat-strengthened low iron glass has been finished with a photorealistic print of a mountain panorama of the Swiss Alps. sedak thus combines two ex-ceptional capabilities: the fabrication of large-size glass units, and a finish with the world's biggest digital printer for ceramic inks.

In order to be able to reach a new level of hygiene standards in laboratories and hospitals, designers have been relying on panels for walls. Glass opens up new possibilities where con-ventional materials set limits. Due to the nearly non-porous surface, the robust, and durable material can be aseptically cleaned very quickly and without any difficulties. Therefore, glass is particularly suitable for rooms with an especially high demand for hygiene like surgery rooms, intensive care units, and clean rooms. Oversize glass goes even a step further. That is why the HT Group relies on a glass pane with a surface of 27 square me-ters that covers a complete wall. Thus, the entire surface is jointless. Bacteria, and other germs have no way to find any kind of breeding grounds.


Esthetics Embrace Functionality

With this glass wall, the HT Group sets new design standards. The glass pane of 9m x 3m is one of the first installed glass unit in the interior of a building and finished with a photorealistic print in this dimensions. The glass has been produced by sedak in Gersthofen, Germa-ny. The corporation is the world's leading manufacturer of oversize insulating, and safety glass. The 10mm thick safety glass "sedak secudecor" has been printed with a mountain panorama showing the Swiss Alps. The digital print is made of natural stone colors applied directly to the glass surface. After the printing, the glass was tempered, the colors melted, and burnt into the surface (enameled). The result is not only visually convincing, but also technically. The surface is scratch resistant to the greatest extent and conditionally acid-resistant. "The brilliance of the print is unique. You can see the smallest details like flours or faces from great distance," says Thomas Fritsch, CEO of the HT Group. The UV and adhesive resistance of the print reach the high values of ceramic enamel colors. This enables the use of glazing in bright areas such as lobbies, lounges, corridors or hallways station.


Positive Atmosphere for Quicker Recovery

Regardless of hygiene and a simple cleaning, a medical aspect comes into play. Usually there are no pictures on the walls of intensive care units for reasons of hygiene. Printed glass units allow now a hint of freedom to your fantasy. With atmospheric pictures like the mountain panorama, the ambiance and thus the patients' mood are improved. That has a positive effect on the recovery. "We are looking forward to offer our clients such a solution thanks to sedak, especially since the quality of the print allows any design," says Fritsch.


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