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Article August 31st, 2005
Dr. Gérard F. Savineau
Abstract: Fundamentals of Laminating Process and Quality Requirements. As we review the previous decades, we are impressed with the technological accomplishments of the worldwide laminated architectural glass manufacturers especially in the areas of product diversification. Keeping up with it has been challenging for all of us and, as we are entering a new century, we see even more diversifications and greater challenges for PVB-based laminated glass. As might be expected, past diversification and growth have led up to some confusions and, to a lesser extent, some misunderstandings in the market place about laminated glass products and performances. From the CEN/TC129/WG3 “Glass in Building” prEN 12543-1 to 7 draft documents, we are getting a clear understanding of what is laminated glass and laminated safety glass, as well as, what is expected of these products in terms of performances, overall visual quality and durability. An in-depth knowledge of the laminating glass process fundamentals combined with the legen-dary “know-how” of the professionals should mini-mize or better eliminate industry wide problems and assess definitively the credibility of these products.