Vacuum rings are most commonly used to manufacture automotive laminate windscreens. To create laminate glass, two pieces of glass are bonded together with an enforced layer of PVB in the middle. This increases the compressive strength of the glass while also ensuring that the glass does not shatter if broken. This is the key characteristic of automotive glass which helps to increase safety for passengers.

Laminate glass is commonly used for windshields on cars, trucks and buses but this market is expanding to include rear glass and side glass. Demand for increased safety and security drive this change, in addition to advances in infotech and noise reduction.

New vehicle designs

With the growing complexity of automotive glass shapes, other laminating techniques including pressure rollers or vacuum bags will fall short. This is why vacuum rings are essential to the automotive industry. Vacuum bags and pressure rollers cannot be quickly deployed and adapted to suit a range of shapes and sizes.

The growing complexity of automotive glass shapes to suit new vehicle designs often means the only way to remove a vacuum from the laminate glass is to use vacuum rings. Our vacuum rings help to speed up production lines, ensuring efficiency and consistent performance.

Other uses for vacuum rings

Vacuum rings are not limited to the automotive industry. They are increasingly used to create laminate glass for a wide range of industries. These include architectural glass, security, marine, rail and specialist vehicles. SJG International has the experience and technology to provide vacuum ring solutions for most of these laminate glass applications.