Diamonex ClearShield, developed by Morgan Advanced Materials, is a scratch and wear-resistant window coating developed to meet the electronics market’s rapid transition to optical image scanning and data capture.

With an extremely clear appearance and exceptional hardness (more than 20 gigapascals), Diamonex ClearShield has high optical transmission on glass and is optimised for imaging performance.

Morgan has supplied superhard diamond-like carbon coatings for use in retail point-of-sale scanners as well as medical device, military and aerospace applications for over 20 years.

The company has now expanded into products designed specifically for use in high performance digital imaging scanning equipment, and Diamonex ClearShield technology is for applications where broadband light scatter can cause a loss in accuracy if the glass is not optically clear.

It is intended to be ideal for high speed document and parts processing, optical comparators and inspection systems, travel and passport document readers, as well as security and other visioning systems.

The technology reportedly costs less than sapphire-laminated scanner glass products, and the increased hardness of the diamond-like carbon coating makes it competitive for most applications.