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EMI screened windows

Fully laminated windows in glass or plastic can be produced either as individual windows or, for smaller sizes, in sheet form and machined into segments.

Fully laminated windows in glass or plastic can be produced either as individual windows or, for smaller sizes, in sheet form and machined into segments. All fully laminated EMI shielded windows are available with or without a step and with or without a silver painted busbar. Surface treatments for scratch resistance or anti-reflectance are available and tinted inter-layers for anti-reflectance or contrast enhancement can be supplied on request.
EMI screened window products
Standard terminations for individually produced emi shielded windows are flying mesh, foil or silver painted busbar or conductive gasket. Sheet-cut windows, including stepped types, are only available with silver busbar and optional emi gaskets. Care should be taken with stepped windows, particularly glass ones, as the pressure exerted by the gasket under compression can easily overstress even a fully laminated window. We suggested that stepped windows should be plastic or a composite where the glass pane is not under pressure when mounted.

Most gaskets in our range can be used with shielded windows and the actual type selected will depend on the degree of shielding and environmental protection required. Please contact us for technical advice.

Edge Bonded EMI Shielded Windows

Edge bonded windows use the same substrates and mesh as the fully laminated versions, but are only laminated around their edges, outside the ‘viewing area’, and are lower cost. They are not as suitable for stepped construction but if the windows are relatively small or when the viewing area remains smaller than the smallest of the two pieces (i.e. bezel mounted where the edge remains covered albeit stepped) it is not a major problem. Edge bonded emi shielded windows can be curved by utilising ‘matched pairs’ of window blanks but do not feature the use of tinted inter-layers. Standard edge bonded windows are a cost-effective solution for most commercial applications.

Cast Plastic EMI Shielded Windows

Cast shielded windows are formed by encapsulating the mesh gauze within a thermosetting plastic or resin substrate. The process has advantages inherent to the manufacturing technique, such as surface finishes, tints, minimum thickness and physical strength. The process necessitates a silver busbar termination although a stepped construction is possible during the machining of the cast blank. Cast windows cost more than edge laminated ones but are more robust for specialist applications.
EMI screened window products
Find more information, such as our standard sizes etc, in our catalogue.


Detailed information


Glazing media

Glass, including clear, diffused and hardened.

Polycarbonate including clear, hard-faced, anti-reflective, tinted, polarised and filtered.

Polycarbonate can also be conductively coated with ITO (Indium Tin Oxide) but this is a restricted option as a minor scratch on ITO can dramatically reduce its shielding effectiveness.

Mesh media

Woven copper (which can be anti-reflective treated) or stainless steel mesh. Typically 100 OPI.

Other wire types including knitted meshes, finishes and OPI configurations are available to order – minimum order quantities apply.


Frequency  Field 100 OPI 50 OPI
10KHz H 20 15
100KHz H 40 35
1MHz H 50 45
1MHz E >100 >100
10MHz E >100 >100
100MHz E 80 75
1GHz P 60 55
10GHz P 30 20


Glass thickness ± 0.5 mm 
Overall thickness ± 1.0 mm to 300mm,
± 1.5 mm to 600mm
Plastic thickness ± 0.5 mm per piece
Overall thickness  ± 0.5 mm to 300mm,
± 1.0 mm to 600mm 

How to order

Generally by description and customers drawings indicating dimensions, finishes, fixings, gasket type and method.

Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

Gasket options

1. Flying Mesh windows generally bond both the window and the flying mesh to a convenient point on the equipment. However, the window and/or the mesh can be gasketed using most gasket types. The mesh can be wrapped around a sponge material and clipped into position.

2. Silver busbar windows can be fitted with gaskets made from conductively loaded silicone, conductive knitted wire mesh or oriented wires in silicone.

3.Extended Mesh options (with or without foil busbar) are readily fitted with various forms of gaskets such as knitted mesh, conductive fabric or oriented wires in silicone.

Please contact us to discuss your gasket or frame requirements.

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