DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 17, 2011 - Ford
wants to innovate the way vehicle windshields are installed through a
new patented process that makes the attachment less costly, simpler and
more eco-conscious than current practices.
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.
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).
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."
corporate sustainability efforts call for reduction of VOC emissions in
its facilities while still meeting Federal safety requirements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Technologies manages intellectual property for Ford and commercializes
technologies for use inside and outside the automotive industry.
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