Tag Archives: Technically Speaking

TODAY’S BLOG: A Look at Full-Strip Procedures

“Last week we looked at tool options for trimming back the urethane bead to the level suggested by the adhesive manufactures (1/16th on an inch) when replacing a windshield. This week we’ll address the procedures that must be employed to make sure the glass is solidly bonded and the installation is leak-free.”—Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Precision Procedures for Exposed Glass

“The introduction of the exposed-glass mounting has led to a paramount concern for installers not to damage the exposed pinchweld wall. If the pinchweld is damaged during installation, and priming exceeds the underside moulding weather mark, there is a real possibility that our customers will not like the look. This has changed the way we remove the glass and even introduced a new type of tool, the wire-out tools.” —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: Setting the Standard for Safe Automotive Glass Installations

“I have been in contact with two different glass shop owners recently who both asked me the same two-part question. Why are there so many bad automotive glass shops and technicians in our industry and how can we stop their dangerous and callous actions?”—Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Recalibration Bowl

“It is that time of year again when the college football bowl season begins and the NFL starts their road to the Super Bowl. During the season, our teams raise our hopes through inspired plays and then deflate some of those hopes with bad performances (with the possible except of the Carolina Panthers). We have cheered when our teams played well and cried when they fumbled the ball. We understand that wins and losses are part of the game.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Prepping a Windshield with a Rain Sensor

“I had an inquiry recently from one of our Auto Glass University graduates. His question reminded me that there are some common problems that technicians should address when prepping a windshield with a rain sensor.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Tesla Autopilot Gets an Overnight Upgrade

“This weekend I read about a new technology from Tesla called Autopilot. This technology is not a fully autonomous vehicle; it is more like an advanced cruise control. It is designed to assist in the act of driving, much like a pilot is assisted when he engages the autopilot once the plane is airborne and at cruising altitude. With this software upgrade, once your Tesla is on a well-marked roadway and cruising at the speed of the traffic, the Autopilot can be set and the driver monitors the trip just like a pilot does during a flight.” —Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: Calibration Calculations

“Since I returned from the Auto Glass Week™, I keep thinking about the seminars given on Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS). Although I have addressed this subject in the past, it is becoming obvious that the questions are not going away. ADAS will continue to be a problem until we know what to do for ourselves and our customers. This technology is so new that many dealerships don’t know what to do.” —Bob Beranek

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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 5: ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015 Changes

“The gasket (weatherstrip) installation is quickly becoming a thing of the past. However, there are a few gasket sets still out there. The vehicles they are mounted in are being used every day to transport families and friends. The ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015 is written to cover all vehicles with safety glass mounting, no matter what kind.”—Bob Beranek

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TODAY’S BLOG: What are Dams?

“I am interrupting my series on the ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 003-2015 to discuss the use and the slow obsolescence of (some types) of glass dams. A glass dam is a device that holds back a material from going where it is not supposed to go. Dams in our industry are used in three different ways: as a positioning device, an aesthetic feature to hide unappealing material or as a sound barrier between the engine noise and the quiet interior.” —Bob Beranek

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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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