Ford to Commercialize New Method of Attaching Windshields Through Cleaner Technology

One patent covers cleaning and activating the edge of the windshield glass in less than 10 seconds. A second Ford patent covers the application of a plasma-reacted nano-coating that modifies the surface for bonding of the adhesive that holds the windshield in place. The entire patented process takes less than one minute.

Larry Haack, technical expert, Ford Research & Innovation, said there are several benefits of the new patented technology including elimination of the primers that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

“The new patented process has the potential to reduce costs because it requires far less material to create the ultra-thin bond coating, and the fully automated process is much less labor-intensive,” said Haack. “This new process also lessens the use of chemicals including VOCs, which is good for the environment.”

Ford’s corporate sustainability efforts call for reduction of VOC emissions in its facilities while still meeting Federal safety requirements.

The typical method to attach a windshield – used currently at Ford and throughout the industry – is to first wipe the glass with a solvent cleaner, then apply a primer and adhesive to secure the windshield to the vehicle. Part of the problem, said Haack, is that this method releases a small amount of highly undesirable solvent emissions.

The Ford patented technology eliminates the use of the solvents that contain VOCs and simplifies the manufacturing process by reducing steps, such as wiping the glass clean.

Ford recently signed a nonexclusive, worldwide license agreement with Elgin, Ill.-based Plasmatreat U.S. L.P. that grants the right to use Ford’s new process patents and incorporate the Ford technology into Plasmatreat’s own equipment and patented processes. Also, Ford will provide technical assistance to Plasmatreat and its customers to implement technology using Ford’s experience and know-how.  

Chris Danowski, technology commercialization director, Ford Global Technologies L.L.C., said the new technology will be offered worldwide first in equipment that Plasmatreat plans to sell or lease to Ford, other automotive OEMs, the heavy truck market, motor home and bus industries and other customers who want to use it.

“Ford is excited about working with companies like Plasmatreat to commercialize new technologies and make them available to the market faster,” said Danowski. “Such relationships are very beneficial as we are simplifying the manufacturing process and making it more environmentally friendly, too.”

Windshieldtech
Advertisements

About cerritosford

Cerritos Ford Lincoln Mercury in Cerritos, serving the Orange County and Los Angeles, CA was built with one mission-Provide amenities to guarantee customer satisfaction before, during, and after the sale of our great Ford cars, trucks, and SUVS. Cerritos Ford is one of the premier Ford dealers in Cerritos, CA, and in the state of California period. Our commitment to customer service is second to none. We offer one of the most comprehensive Ford parts and Ford service departments in the city of Cerritos California. Cerritos Ford provides the city of Cerritos California with the #1 Parts Team in the Cerritos area. Please be sure to visit our virtual Parts and Service department online or come in to visit us at www.cerritosford.com Contact Information 18900 Studebaker Road Cerritos, California 90703 Phone: 562-405-3500 Sales 888-364-2288 Service 877-418-5252 Parts: 877-499-9952 Sales Hours: Sun 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Mon-Fri 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Sat 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Service Hours: Sun Closed Mon-Fri 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sat 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Parts Hours: Sun Closed Mon-Fri 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sat 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Twitter: http://twitter.com/cerritosford Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Cerritos-CA/Cerritos-Ford/145627722149852
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s