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Saflex® S Series

Saflex® S Series

Full sun. No sweat.

Saflex® S Series solar-absorbing interlayers blocks solar heat and UV radiation transmitted through a vehicle’s glazing, so driver and passengers won’t break a sweat.

This advanced automotive solar control interlayer is an easy drop-in solution with a positive chain reaction:

  • lowers interior temperatures quickly
  • minimizes strain on the vehicle’s air conditioner
  • improves fuel efficiency

All while optimizing occupant visibility.

High marks on energy savings

Testing conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory determined that a windscreen made using the Saflex S interlayers  can reduce cabin temperatures up to 5°C (9°F). This translates to a potential four percent reduction in air conditioning power versus a conventional windscreen. That reduction in air conditioning translates to a fuel efficiency improvement greater than one percent.

On a per vehicle basis, these improvements are excellent.  Across an entire fleet of vehicles, the impact can be astounding.  

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Reduce infrared waves

Wavelengths from the sun called Infrared (IR) light are responsible for generating excessive heat in vehicle interiors. Compared to windscreens made with standard interlayers, Saflex S series solar-absorbing interlayers provide measurable heat reduction in the passenger cabin of stopped or slow-moving vehicles by absorbing the heat-causing IR rays without compromising visibility.  

S Series products use more effective nano-particles for solar absorbing. They provide the best solar absorbing performance in the market and are best suited for side and back windows, and sun roofs. Due to the broad absorbance spectrum, S series products might not compatible with selected IR sensors. Please contact your representative for more information. Saflex® Solar Connect is the standard choice for windscreen applications because they allow the freedom for sensor use in conjunction with a solar product.

Product Benefits:

  • Increases fuel efficiency: Lower cabin heat reduces use of air conditioner, resulting in lower fuel consumption
  • Reduces Weight: Decreased air conditioner usage allows ability for smaller A/C system units
  • Reduces CO2 emissions: Improved fuel efficiency helps meet U.S. EPA targets
  • Signal enabling: No electromagnetic interference for mobile devices
  • Added acoustic comfort: Can be combined with Saflex® Acoustic interlayers, reducing exterior noise by up to 5 dB
  • Compatible with color: Can be combined with Saflex® Colors
  • UV protection: Blocks more than 99 percent of harmful UV radiation
  • Improves cabin comfort: Lower interior vehicle temperatures

Awards:

Frost & Sullivan 2012 New Product Innovation Award for Automotive Glazing Materials

Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, marking the first and only time an automotive-grade PVB has been recognized for its ability to block +99 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.

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Saflex® Color PVB

Saflex® Color PVB

Where Style Meets Substance.

For OEM’s looking to amp up their brands, Saflex Color interlayers can re-define distinction.  With Saflex® Color PVB interlayers, glass laminators and car manufacturers can do it a shade better. Spot-on glass color consistency makes Saflex Color PVB interlayers a reliable choice for matching popular tint colors for automotive glazing — without traditional thickness and shape limitations. Stylish windscreens, side windows and sunroofs are at the designer’s fingertips, with choices ranging from on-trend greys to intriguing bronze, greens and blues.  

Don’t forget substance. Colored laminated glass can also deliver high performance benefits that create better brand experiences:  UV/solar control, glare reduction, optimal light transmittance, and enhanced sound control and safety.

Create a Better View with Color.

  • Standard color:  Bronze, green and blue are the most popular tinted glass colors. Designed especially for windscreen applications, they are a perfect fit for the automotive windshield replacement market.
  • Premium color:  Designed for all applications behind the B pillar, such as side windows and glass roofs, these interlayers exhibit lower light transmissions than windscreens and create greater passenger comfort, privacy, and security.
  • Custom color:  Expert consultation and distinctive color match capabilities through proprietary PVB interlayer technology enables automotive stylists, designers, and engineers to create automotive glass in almost any color.  Go bold, get noticed.

Saflex automotive PVB colors and applications
 

Shades of Grey.

Grey is one of the most popular colors in automotive glazing, from side windows to sunroofs. Our signature grey colors are specifically designed to work with your shade and privacy needs.
 

 

Applications:

Windscreen, Side Window, Sunroof, Back Glass, Quarter Glass

Product Benefits:

  • Brand distinction: In front of the competition with endless color options
  • Occupant comfort: Controls visible light and glare while reducing heat
  • Acoustic comfort: Reduces exterior noise by up to 5 dB
  • Reduces Weight: Implements thinner, lighter glass
  • UV protection: Filters up to 99.9 percent of UV rays, protecting occupants and reducing interior fading
  • Safety and security: Protects occupants from accidental glass breakage while providing forced-entry resistance
  • Step-up options: Also available in solar heat-blocking and acoustic formulation
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Saflex® K Series

Saflex® K Series

Safety First

When it comes to passenger safety in the automotive industry, laminated glass can be a game changer. Whether addressing rock impacts, collisions or rollovers, innovations are always in the works.

Saflex® K Series high-security interlayer is an advanced, composite PVB interlayer that is stronger and more resistant to tearing and penetration than traditional interlayers. Fabricated to provide reduced flexibility if broken, Saflex high-security interlayers help mitigate the risk of ejection during rollovers and accidents for passengers seated next to row windows.

Helps Meet NHTSA Regulations

Laminated glass made with Saflex high-security interlayers can be a vital component of an integrated occupant protection system for multi-passenger vehicles or buses. Saflex K Series can help automakers meet National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) ejection mitigation regulations (FMVSS 226), especially in fixed-glass positions and applications facing challenges with airbag tethering.

Added Benefits, Too

Saflex K Series high-security interlayer provides other forms of protection, including acoustic and solar. Noise levels in the vehicle cabin can be reduced by up to 3 dB due to its insulating benefits against outside noise. Passengers and interiors are protected from sun damage due to its ability to block out harmful UV rays. In addition to mitigating the risk of fabric and leather damage, Saflex has been shown to have a sun protection factor greater than SPF 50 sunscreen.
 

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Applications:

Windscreen, Side Window, Sunroof, Back Glass, Quarter Glass

Product Benefits:

  • Improves safety: Protects occupants from accidental glass breakage and potential ejection
  • Enhances security: Provides resistance to forced entry and break-ins
  • Improves acoustic comfort: Reduces exterior noise by up to 5 dB
  • Reduces weight: Implements thinner, lighter glass
  • UV protection: Filters more than 96 percent of UV rays, protecting occupants and reducing interior fading
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Saflex® Q Series Acoustic Interlayer

Saflex® Q Series Acoustic Interlayer

Clearly Better Sound Quality

Bluetooth technology, voice-activated commands, onboard navigation systems, and sophisticated audio equipment make driving more enjoyable, yet they dial up the interior noise.   A new advanced Saflex® Q Series acoustic interlayer addresses this problem with precise acoustic control.   

Saflex Q Series is an advanced tri-layer polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer that reduces noise level by 4.7 dB versus a standard windscreen and 5.9 dB compared to tempered side windows within the medium frequency range (1,000 – 5,000 Hz).

The Clarity is Real

Saflex Q Series advanced acoustic interlayers are especially effective within the frequency of human key voice recognition ranges (2,000 – 6,000 Hz), reducing sound transmission by 4.8 dB over this range. In other words, consumers can hear a difference, and that can speak volumes about brand experience and perceived quality.

 

 

Lightening the Load

In response to regulatory and consumer demand for greater fuel efficiency, automotive makers rely on every opportunity to reduce overall vehicle weight. Saflex Q Series helps reduce the negative trade-offs of typical weight reduction efforts by enabling improved acoustics, even in thinner glass configurations.

Saflex Q Series enables improved acoustics in when paired with thin glass.

This solves the weight issue… For a typical windscreen, the reduction of glass thickness from 2.1/2.1 mm to 2.1/1.6 mm would result in a weight savings of 1.7 kg (3.7 lbs) or 11%.  In a standard windshield, this would result in an acoustic performance loss of 0.6 dB over the full frequency range (200 – 10,000 Hz).  However, when Saflex Q interlayers are used in the thinner configuration, the weight reduction can be achieved while still improving acoustic dampening over the standard windshield by 1.2 dB over the same frequency range.  

The addition of acoustic front side glass (2.1/2.1 mm) can enable a further reduction of 1.1 kg (2.4 lbs) while improving sound transmission loss through the side windows by 3.3 dB versus 5 mm tempered glass.  Across all glazing positions, Saflex technology allows automakers to use thinner glass without sacrificing cabin comfort.

Lightweighting also helps auto manufacturers meet global environment regulations for lower CO2 emissions, including the Kyoto Protocol, the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), and U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.
 

Avoids Retooling Costs

Typical weight reduction solutions can require expensive retooling. Automotive glazing made with Saflex Q Series can be substituted into a vehicle’s existing glass with no need for expensive redesign, retooling, or research and development.

Applications:

Windscreen, Side Window, Sunroof, Back Glass, Quarter Glass

Product Benefits:

  • Improves acoustic comfort: Reduces exterior noise by up to 4.7 dB versus standard laminated glass
  • Reduces weight: Enables the use of thinner glass configurations with minimal compromise to cabin acoustics
  • Provides UV protection: Blocks more than 96 percent of harmful UV radiation
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XIR® Solar Control Technology

XIR® Solar Control Technology

Keep it cool

Environmental concerns are a hot topic for OEM’s. Looking to achieve better fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions?
Advanced automotive solar control glass made with XIR® automotive solar control technology lowers interior temperatures quickly, minimizing strain on the air conditioner while improving fuel efficiency, and maximizing cabin comfort.

Metallic coating reflects IR rays

XIR automotive solar control technology uses a transparent automotive film with a spectrally-selective metallic coating encapsulated between layers of Saflex® polyvinyl butyral (PVB), which in turn, are enclosed between two glass panes.
The metallic coating reflects heat-causing Infrared (IR) rays without impairing visible light transmission. The result — XIR laminated glass reduces solar heat gain an average of 35 percent more effectively than tinted automotive glass.

CO2 credit eligibility

Other positives of laminated glass with XIR automotive film — eligibility to receive U.S. EPA off-cycle credits and reduction in annual fleet emission levels. Saflex XIR Solar Control Technology has been used in more than 25 million vehicles produced by the world’s largest automobile OEMs over the past 20 years. Now that’s proven solar control performance.
 


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