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Why should we care about quartz?

Quartz is beautiful. It shimmers in light and its rainbow of colors have stoked the imagination of everyone from admirers seeking spiritual healing to young geoscientists. But most quartz on Earth does not look like the gorgeous minerals we admire. Most of its forms are lackluster, dull and not translucent. But quartz plays important roles […]


quartz, widely distributed mineral of many varieties that consists primarily of silica, or silicon dioxide (SiO2). Minor impurities such as lithium, sodium, potassium, and titanium may be present. Quartz has attracted attention from the earliest times; water-clear crystals were known to the ancient Greeks as krystallos—hence the name crystal, or more commonly rock crystal, applied […]

Elettromeccanica Bovone’s ELB 10+1: the ultimate glass working machine for versatility and productivity with dubbing device integrated

Glass processing is an essential part of many industries, including construction, automotive, and furniture production. One of the key components of this process is the use of a specialized glass working machine. Elettromeccanica Bovone is a leading manufacturer of Glass processing machines, and their ELB 10+1 model is a prime example of the high-quality machinery […]


The term ‘silica’ can be misleading. It is important to understand the difference between ‘silica mineral’, ‘silicates’, and ‘silica glass’. Quartz is the best example of a natural mineral that is almost pure silicon dioxide (it is the most abundant mineral on planet earth). Other ceramic minerals like feldspar and clay contain some ‘free silica’ […]

Glass industry 4.0 with BVA, Bovone’s virtual assistant and remote assistance packages

Bovone’s BVA, the virtual assistant that accompanies the machines and plants sold and installed by the company, brings the Glass Industry 4.0 paradigm inside the customer’s production flow by assisting and guiding them in the initial stages of machine installation, set-up and start-up, and assisting them throughout the machine’s life cycle. The digitization of all […]


Quartz is a term used to describe many different compact forms of SiO2. As one of the second most common and varied minerals on earth, its abundant and can be found in crystalline form, naturally occurring, in many colors that produce different types of gemstones. What is Fused Quartz/Fused Silica? Fused quartz and fused silica […]

What Is Quartz Silica?

Quartz silica, also known as crystalline silica or crystalline silicone dioxide, is a mineral that is found in nature. It is one of the most abundant minerals on earth, and there are hundreds of different varieties of it, some of which are gemstones. The molecular structure of quartz silica is unusual and allows stones composed […]


It is a popular fallacy among consumers of quartz (fused quartz) to equate its thermal shock resistance to its tensile strength. In reality this is far from the truth. Quartz actually has significantly less mechanical strength than glass (borosilicate). So why does everyone believe it to be stronger? We believe this erroneous thought process is […]

What Are the Differences between Beakers and Flasks?

There are several differences between the two common laboratory containers called beakers and flasks. The main difference between beakers and flasks is their shapes. A beaker is a cylinder with a lip for pouring and no lid. Flasks are curved with no lip and have lids. Another difference between beakers and flasks is their uses. […]