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Does your windshield need a replacement? Stay safe and receive high-quality auto glass repair in AZ. At Prolite Auto Glass we address your windshield problems with experienced glass installers and quality safety glass materials.
How Automotive Safety Glass was Invented
The invention of shatter-resistant glass has brought numerous positive changes to the colorful history of the automobile industry. The history of shatterproof/safety glass is one that started with a revolutionary discovery. It all began with an accident. No really–the creation of shatter-proof glass was a fluke!
French Chemist Edouard Benedictus had an assistant who had failed to remove the residual cellulose nitrate solution from a glass flask that had previously been filled with it. When the chemist accidentally dropped his glass flask, the broken glass adhered to a thin layer of plastic that had formed inside the container from cellulose nitrate. This same chemist went on to create the life-saving buffer found in the bullet-proof glass.
A Tumultuous Timeline
- The Roaring 1920’s saw the birth of the Jazz Age, the end of World War 1, and the placement of laminated glass in stylish vehicles like the famous Hudson Roadster and the classic Oldsmobile. Today, laminate glass windshields are much stronger than their 1920’s predecessors. Still, laminate windshield inclusion played a pivotal role in the popularity found in vehicle safety features.
- Later, in the 1930’s, tempered glass became another available option. Laminate windshields had made their way into the standard features of many vehicles and were quickly gaining interest, inspiring inventors to perfect it. A few years later in 1937, federal regulations required the use of safety glass in automobiles.
- The 1950’s saw transparency in laminate windshields increase. The bubbles that formed in the laminate during the heating process had become a safety concern instead of a safety feature. In 1959, the emergence of float glass created a durable safety barrier.
- A year before the 60’s decade came to be, glass-making was revolutionized by something called the Pilkington Process. This process involves floating, heating, and molding molten mixtures of silica, water and other ingredients in controlled chambers and is still used today.
- In the 1970’s, after the “happening sixties” safety became a huge consideration for vehicle makers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was created to regulate on-the-road vehicles.
- Our current auto-glass windshields are made of three layers of materials. Two layers of tempered glass and one sheet of Polyvinyl butyral are fused seamlessly together to create flexible, durable windshields. We continue to improve on auto-glass window safety.
Trust Our Safety Glass
At Prolite Auto Glass, we take your safety seriously. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with your auto glass needs.