Manufacturing Laminated Glass

Posted by Custom Glass Products on Wednesday 1st Jan 2014

Custom Glass Products specialises in the manufacture of laminated glass.

You probably know that laminated glass is made of two or more layers of glass with one or more interlayers of polymeric material bonded between the glass layers. However, within the polymeric interlayers themselves, there is scope for additional interlayers. These may take the form of artistically designed film, photographs, PDLC film or even raw products such as grasses or grains – whatever the creative artist or their client desires.

Laminated glass is also sound dampening, resists fire, filters ultraviolet rays and allows for other technologies such as Transparent Electrically-conductive Coatings (TECs) to be embedded in or with the interlayer. We are also able to include specific glass types such as Low E, Low Iron, toughened, colour-tinted or extra-thick.

Laminated Glass Wall in Seattle

Whatever the client’s needs, at Custom Glass Products we do it all and our process is basically the same for all types: each pane of glass to be used is first scrutinised against a bank of lights for flaws. As our glass supplier (Saint-Gobain Glass NA) is an international leading glass manufacturer, we are assured of having little to reject. The glass is then washed with water that has passed through our Reverse Osmosis Water Purification system, then dried. Next, in our ‘clean room’ (a totally dust-free environment) we lay up the interlayers to be laminated with the required glass layers. The panels are then vacuum-wrapped in silicon blankets, after which they are ready to go through the final stage – our laminating heat box.

Our scrupulous inspection process doesn’t end there however. On its being removed from the heat box, each laminated panel is again subjected to a close-up-and-personal inspection against the light bank. We are determined that each laminated glass panel leaving our factory will meet all of the Glass Industry’s most rigorous standards.

Our own Australian Glass and Glazing Association sums up the key benefits of laminated Glass thus: “Laminated glass offers many advantages. Safety and security are the best-known of these — rather than shattering on impact, laminated glass is held together by the interlayer, reducing the safety hazard associated with shattered glass fragments, as well as, to some degree, the security risks associated with easy penetration.

Architectural Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is used extensively in building and housing products and in the automotive and transport industries. Most building façades and car windscreens, for example, are made with laminated glass, usually with other technologies also incorporated.

When next thinking of choosing laminated glass for your project, think Custom Glass Products.

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