To produce laminate glass, you need intimate contact between two layers of glass and a layer of reinforcing PVB. To make this effective, no air is to remain in the laminate and this is why you need a vacuum ring.
The vacuum ring is placed around the perimeter of the glass/PVB laminate and a vacuum is applied during the heating cycle in the autoclave process. This ensures any residual air is removed and no defects can be seen in the finished glass.
The vacuum ring can be used for many heating cycles and can be fitted and removed quickly to minimise cycle times. Vacuum rings can be manufactured from a range of rubber materials and produced in different sizes and shapes to suit most glass designs and process requirements.