Bulletproof glass, ballistic glass, transparent armor, or bullet-resistant glass is a strong and optically transparent material that is particularly resistant to penetration by projectiles. So Whether you’re hitting it with a hammer or firing a weapon at it, bullet-resistant glass is made to stand up to the punishment without breaking and putting whoever’s behind the glass into danger. Like any other material, it is not completely solid. It is usually made from a combination of two or more types of glass, one hard and one soft. The softer layer makes the glass more flexible so that it can move instead of shatter. Bulletproof glass varies in thickness from .75 to 3.5 inches. Ordinary glass shatters and does nothing to stop the path of a speeding bullet. Bulletproof glass shatters too, but the layers of plastic inserted between the layers of glass absorb and disperse a bullet’s energy. The quick evolution of bulletproof glass leads to its popularity in commercial and defensive use. The heaviest duty bulletproof glass is thicker and is able to stand up to the sustained automatic fire, and is used in military and government applications such as in gas masks, trucks, and vehicles which are designed to keep our heroes safe.
When was Bulletproof glass discovered?
Bulletproof glass was discovered in the middle of the 17th century by accident. Prince Rupert’s Drops in England placed molten glass into cold water which made the glass almost indestructible. In 1903, a French chemist, Edouard Benedictus, accidentally dropped a flask on the ground. The flask held a solution of liquid nitrate, which coated the glass with a plastic layer; the flask broke but did not shatter. Although the inventor, Edouard Benedictus, held multiple patents for safety glass in the early 20th century, the first official U.S. patent for bulletproof glass did not occur until 1982.
What is the Standard for BulletProof or Bullet Resistant Glass?
Different types of materials have become standard, with acrylic as the most frequently used type of bulletproof glass material to guard against attack and attempts at robbery. Customer-facing businesses in all industries are ever more aware of the security threats they face today. Bulletproof windows keep workers safe while allowing your business to do business. Some examples of industries that use Bulletproof glass are Stadiums and Arenas, Hotels, Banking institutions, Mini Marts and Convenience Stores, Police Stations, and Retail Establishments.
Where can your company get Bullet resistant glass installed?
At Dixie Glass Co., we pride ourselves on being able to do a wide variety of commercial jobs. Our goal is to make our customers happy with our workmanship, as well as our professional service. We service Gaston County and the surrounding areas and provide a variety of commercial glass services to enhance your business. We will work directly with your business, or through contractors to provide the specialized products and services you need. We invite all bids for all commercial work. Here are just some of the products we supply: Acrylic sheets/plexiglass, Polycarbonate sheets/Lexan, Glass shelves, Insulated glass/thermopane, Laminated safety glass, Fire-rated glass, Tempered safety glass, Bullet resistant glass, Custom fabricated steel security bars. Visit our website today for more on our services and products.