Ford Process for Cleaner Windshield Install

Credit must be given to Ford for its commercialization of a process for attaching windshields to vehicles that reduces VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions.

Credit must be given to Ford for its commercialization of a process for attaching windshields to vehicles that reduces VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions. Yes, this means that the process will be made available to other OEMs.

(Of course, this also undoubtedly means that if another OEM buys equipment using the patented process, it means that Ford gets a cut of the investment. Still, minimizing solvent-based VOCs is a good thing and worth investing in.)

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The patented process requires less than one minute to clean and prep the edge of the glass and applying a plasma-reacted nano-coating that modifies the surface for adhesive bonding to the vehicle.

“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. The new process also lessens the use of chemicals including VOCs, which is good for the environment,” said Larry Haack, technical expert, Ford Research & Innovation.

Ford is presently working with Plasmatreat U.S. of Elgin, Illinois, to integrate the processes into equipment that Plasmatreat provides to various OEMs.