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VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator Earns R&D World 100 Award Honors

VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator Earns R&D World 100 Award Honors

Posted: September 1, 2023 | Tradewinds

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) announced its VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator won a 2023 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine.

The R&D 100 Awards have been the most prestigious innovation awards program for the past 60 years, honoring great R&D pioneers and their revolutionary ideas in science and technology. Submissions for this year’s awards came from 15 countries and regions.

Launched in the spring of 2022, the VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator enables customers to accurately visualize more than 20 Solarban® low-e glass products’ color, transparency and reflectance on different types of buildings at various times of day.

The tool allows users to explore their façade selections in sunny and overcast weather conditions, which can significantly impact how a façade is viewed. A zoom feature also lets users see the glass up close and get a view of what the glass would look like from inside the building.

VitroSphere™ presents renderings of five building facades, from convention centers to offices, hospitals and universities.

“Through extensive evaluation of the digital rendering industry in glass, other commercial building products, and products in other industries, we found a lack of digital simulation tools,” said Fernando Diez, Director of Marketing at Vitro Architectural Glass. “Glass is hard to depict due to its changing visual characteristics based on lighting, weather conditions and time of day, so this is an ideal tool for visual thinkers. VitroSphere™ allows users to see exactly what the glass will look like, making it easier to specify glass that aligns with aesthetic goals.”

VitroSphere™ allows users to compare different Solarban® products by activating comparison mode, and by adjusting the slider, users can visualize two different types of aesthetics.

VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator also connects users to relevant product data, literature and other Vitro glass design tools to help guide product selections and start conversations about which Solarban® glass product will be the best fit for a given project.

To access the VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator, visit

For more information about Vitro Architectural Glass products, visit or call 1-855-VTRO-GLS (887-6457).

About Vitro Architectural Glass
Vitro Glass, part of Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV:VITROA), the largest company of its kind in the Americas, manufactures a range of industry-leading, energy-efficient products such as Solarban®, Sungate® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glasses at U.S. plants in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Fresno, California; Salem, Oregon; and Wichita Falls, Texas. Committed to sustainable manufacturing processes and products, the company also operates one of the world’s largest glass research and development facilities in Pittsburgh and four residential glass fabrication plants in Canada. Vitro upholds the values of “Together, We See Further” and strives to realize the power of partnership to ensure that projects meet or exceed ever-evolving sustainability expectations as well as glass requirements. For more information, please visit

Solarban®, Sungate® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® are registered trademarks owned by Vitro.

VitroSphere™ is a trademark owned by Vitro.