Tag Archives: Automotive Glass Consultants

TODAY’S BLOG: Tools for Stripping Existing Urethane

“One of the most difficult skills a new technician needs to master is how to trim back the existing urethane to the proper point. The typical advice, used in the industry for decades, is to trim the existing bead to 1-2 mm or a 1/16 of an inch. Though we have all heard this phrase used frequently, most people don’t trim back the existing bead and then measure the thickness of the urethane left behind to make sure that it was exactly a 1/16th of an inch. If the bead is a 1/32 or 3/16 of an inch, is that wrong? No it is not.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Setting a True Goal

“There was a thread on the glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR™ magazine forum in which someone asked how to prepare the pinchweld for a windshield installation on the new aluminum Ford F-150. I found the written instructions from Ford for that vehicle and posted them.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: A Report on ADAS

“Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) have plagued and perplexed our industry for the last few years.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Part 2: Protect Yourself Against Injury

“Last week we talked about the protection every technician should do to prolong his or her career and reduce the chances of pain and injury. This week let’s talk about protecting the vehicle from possible damage.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Protect Yourself Against Injury

“An important aspect of automotive glass installation that is overlooked at our peril is protection. Protection is a term that can be used in two different contexts. One, the protection against bodily injury and two, protecting the vehicle from possible damage during installation. Both are important steps for the well-being of the technician and the successful and profitable conclusion of the installation.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Training Myths

“A comment recently made on the glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR™ magazine Forum has raised a question we should all consider. In full disclosure, the comment was made regarding Auto Glass University (AGU), a training program I own, although this post is not meant as a commercial. I am giving you my opinion on the art of automotive glass training. I hope it can be used by everyone in the industry to be more effective in their training of new technicians, no matter where or by whom the training is conducted.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Educating the Consumer

“Last week’s blog was based on feedback about my post ‘Setting the Standard for Safe Automotive Glass Installations.’ I discussed the ease of entering the AGRR industry and the ramifications.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Be Cautious of Advice Handed Out on Websites

“My friend, Steven Rossetti at American Auto Glass Administrators in Rhode Island, recently emailed me a link to a website that professes that automotive glass replacement is so easy anyone can do it. The site advises that, ‘You may also prefer to replace the windshield yourself rather than spend the time and money to take it in to an approved auto technician.’” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Let’s Define Pinchwelds

“For as long as I can remember, the term pinchweld has been used to describe the part of the vehicle on which we bond the glass. During my many years of training, defining a pinchweld was one of the most important preliminary steps to explaining automotive glass installation.” —Bob Beranek

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How Will Changing Vehicle Technology Impact Your Business?

The AGRR industry is in for some big changes thanks to new technology that appears to be coming down the pipeline at light speed. In a panel discussion, industry experts addressed new installation methods and calibration requirements that go hand … Continue reading

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TODAY’S BLOG: The Case of the FW791

“I have another mystery that I am hoping you can help, especially my friends and colleagues in Europe.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Part 7: ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015 Changes

“The last of the changes to the ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015 is, in my opinion, the most important. Without education and training a technician doesn’t know how to do the job right and will be unable to follow a standard that doesn’t make sense to him.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Part 6: ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015 Changes

“Part six in our series of the ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015 changes for 2015 fall under the ‘additional requirements’ heading.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Part 4: ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015 Changes

Part four in our series of ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015 changes is related to adhesives and their importance to the safety of the installation.

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TODAY’S BLOG: Part 3: ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015 Changes

“The next series of changes for the new ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015 standard is under the 5.0 heading ‘Selection of Glass and Retention Systems’ which falls under the Product Performance part of our scope.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Part 2: The New ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015

“One part of the newly published ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015 remains the same as the prior version. It is so important that I call it the ‘Golden Rule’ of the Standard.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: The New ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015

“As many of you already know, the ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015 has been revised and edited to meet the new issues that affect our industry. The official new name is ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015. The 003 is the third version accepted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and 2015 is the year it was accepted and published.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Leave 1-2 Millimeters of Existing Bead

“Did you ever wonder why we are instructed to “leave 1-2 mm of existing bead” when replacing a windshield? I did, so over the years, whenever I talked to an adhesive manufacturer’s representative, I asked the purpose for that recommendation. Most said it was to prevent damage to the body of the vehicle. However, there are a few other benefits to leaving a little existing urethane attached.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: The Automotive Glass Technician Competition Is Coming

“It is time again to register for the Automotive Glass Technician competition (AGTO). This nationally recognized competition for quality automotive glass installation is being held at Auto Glass Week™ 2015 in Reno, Nev., on October 1-2, 2015. Technicians from around the world come to earn the title of “The Best Auto Glass Technician.” I have been honored to be a judge for this competition since its inception and I am privileged to do it again this year.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Gravity Stops

“Many modern day vehicles have eliminated or reinvented the gravity stop. What is a gravity stop? In my day we used to call them setting blocks, but the more accurate term is gravity stops. The gravity stop is a device that stops the glass from slipping off the freshly applied adhesive bead. It is needed immediately after setting the glass into the opening when the adhesive is still in its liquid state. Once the adhesive is cured to the point of holding the weight of the glass, the stop is no longer needed.” —Bob Beranek

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Government Shutdown is Over But Economic Uncertainty Continues for the AGRR Industry

While the government shutdown is officially over for now, Mark Liston, president of Glass Doctor, looks at Washington, D.C.’s antics with a skeptical eye, saying it is not helping business.

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