Protecting People and Property on the Road
Increasing demand for passenger safety in the event of automotive collisions has prompted automakers to look for new solutions to enhance safety in their overall vehicle designs.
Each year, more and more vehicles are fitted with laminated sidelites - whether it is in the front row or all around the vehicle. In addition to the security and safety benefits, laminated side glass also effectively blocks well over 90% of all UV rays. That is equivalent to an SPF of over 50. Other benefits include occupant ejection mitigation in the event of a crash.
Once a feature for luxury vehicles, automaker's such as Buick are using laminated side glass as standard equipment on essentially all models. And a number of new vehicle launches in 2008 feature laminated side glass as optional equipment on other mid-range car models. Different interlayers offer different levels of ejection mitigation as well.
In response to increasing demand for occupant ejection mitigation, Saflex has created the Saflex® K series high security interlayer: an advanced, composite, polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer, which is stronger and more resistant to tearing and penetration than standard interlayers used in windshields today.
This high security interlayer from Saflex is also the critical component of Enhanced Technology Glass (ETG) created in collaboration with PPG Industries, Inc. ETG has been designed to help mitigate the risk of ejection for passengers seated next to rear fourth and fifth row windows in passenger vans in the event of rollover and crashes. The glass can be used as a vital part of an integrated occupant protection safety system for multi- passenger vehicles.
Saflex K series high security interlayer delivers advanced performance levels in tear and penetration resistance as part of a laminated glazing unit. This technology, which was originally developed as glazing solution to resist hurricanes in the Southeastern region of the United States, infuses glass with enough strength to resist the impact of a two-by-four piece of lumber traveling at 50 feet per second.
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