Auto Glass Week™ Panel Focuses on Quality and Safety Issues

09192013AGW Safety Panel 2formatThe leaders of several industry groups discussed their efforts to advance quality and safety issues in the panel today during Auto Glass Week, being held this week in Tampa, Fla.

There has never been a more challenging time in the auto glass business, according to the officials. Speakers include Keith Beveridge of Novus, Bob Beranek of Auto Glass Consultants, Mika Eronen of Safety Glass Experts International and Jeff Olive of Glasspro. David Rohlfing, vice president of the Auto Glass Safety Council™, served as moderator.

Campfield, who spoke as president of the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA), touched on some top tips to keep in mind while repairing auto glass.

“Our job is to bond that glass together and make it look good,” he said. “You must overfill to compensate for shrinkage and to produce and keep a mechanical bond to the PVB.”

Resin shrinkage and surface tension can be avoided by curing while the resin is under pressure, he said.

Beveridge, an NWRA board member and chair of the Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standard (ROLAGS™) Committee, took the podium next and said, “We want repair to have good appearance for customer satisfaction.

ROLAGS was updated in 2012 and those updates will be completed soon, Beveridge highlighted.

“We’ve added a requirement for temperature cycling,” he pointed out. He gave the example of someone living up North who cranks up their defroster as soon as they get in the car. The resin and the glass will heat differently and so this is something that needs to be kept in mind.

Next up, Beranek, speaking on behalf of the Auto Glass Safety Council’s (AGSC) Standards Committee, which he chairs, touched on the current Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS® and the changes being made to it.

The AGSC is giving new auto glass companies who join the organization the opportunity to be compliant from day one even though they do not yet have three years of records, he noted.

“I urge you to go online and read the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that pertain to us as closely as you can,” Beranek also said.

What is the AGSC Education Committee up to? Olive, who co-chairs the committee, offered some insight.

Technicians can now be recertified by taking continuing education courses, as well as retesting, he pointed out. The requirement is 18 credits over a three-year period, with no more than 12 credits allowed in a year’s time.

“You can teach a class on safety to technicians in one shop and then do it in another shop and be gaining education credits,” Olive explained.

Safety Glass Experts International’s Eronen talked about windshield fabrication.

“Windshield manufacturers are facing challenges as the vehicle designers and car makers aim to improve the following properties: Safety, aerodynamics and efficiency, driving comfort and aesthetics,” Eronen said.

There will be one global harmonization standard by the end of the decade that is currently in process, according to Eronen.

Stay tuned to glassBYTEs.com™ for additional Auto Glass Week coverage. The event continues through tomorrow.

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