We were surprised to read in a recent security glazing article that the author believes our Lexgard® laminates are limited to providing low-level ballistic protection against handgun bullets (See USGlass, January 1998, p. 32). The author also states that Lexgard laminates are meant for internal use only. Both of these claims are incorrect.
Lexgard laminate security glazing is available in many different configurations that have obtained a broad range of UL performance ratings under test conditions ranging from low-power 9 mm handgun rounds through medium-power rifle bullets and shotgun blasts up to and including high-power rifle bullets delivered from NATO-caliber weapons. In addition, Lexgard laminates can even withstand the force of some bomb blasts. Of course, results depend on the proper selection and installation of any security glazing. But there should be no doubt that our materials are capable of far higher performance than suggested.
The second issue that requires clarification is whether or not Lexgard laminates are suitable for outdoor applications. Lexgard laminates can be found in the outside windows and doors of convenience stores, prisons, courthouses and hospitals. An abrasion-resistant surface treatment helps minimize UV-effects and other weathering problems. In addition, Lexgard laminates are available with a patented NuView hard coat surface that combats heavy-duty scratches, abrasions and graffiti.
We appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight.
GE Structured Products
The residential glazing photo that appeared in The Best Defense in the January issue should have appeared with the item about GE Plastics Structured Products Lexan® sheet. USGlass regrets the error.
I have been in the glass business for 34 years; the past 19 have been in my own business. Over the years the business has changed a lot, some for the good, some could use improvement.
Time scheduling is an area that needs to be looked at before we find ourselves either working so many hours for so little pay, or doing shoddy work just to come in on time. The so-called project managers should step back and realize that they are pushing the worker to do a poor job due to unrealistic schedules. We need more qualified managers who have been in the field and know what is entailed to get a job up and running, on schedule and through to completion.
Inexperienced managers are the ones who push, push, push with the threat of back charges if it is not done on time. Add to that the retainage, and we might as well do the job for free. Then along comes the famous punch list that takes longer to fix than the job itself, had we been given time to do the job correctly in the first place. Ah, if only the payments were pushed like the time schedule.
So what can be done to rectify this gap between worker and management? It would help to have someone in the field who has actually worked in a related job. Lets use practicality and training to close the gap and bring pride and workmanship back to the American worker.
I used to enjoy getting up and going to the job. Not so much anymore. Sure, a little of it is age. But I think a big part of it is a defeatist attitude, that I cannot do the job that needs to be done because the people running the sites do not have a clue what is involved, nor do they care. The bottom line is money. Time is money. But what price time?
Joseph De Vingo
Village Glass & Metal
Midland Park, NJ
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