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      What are The Trends in Bus Glass Processing?

      The glass processing market for buses consists primarily of two distinct products: windshields and sidelites. Each has its own set of challenges and opportunities. The bus windshield must be bent and annealed, whereas the bus sidelites must be bent and tempered.

      Both types of bus glass necessitate high processing quality and capability.

      This is due to the fact that the latest trends in the bus glass market include cut-outs, digital and screen printing, larger surfaces, and thinner glass to reduce weight and fuel consumption. All of this, however, results in glass that is much more difficult to heat treat. To be able to deliver as a processor, you must sharpen your expertise – but the rewards are well worth the effort.

      Another emerging trend in bus glass processing is the addition of coatings such as solar control. This helps to maintain a more comfortable temperature in buses, reducing the need for air conditioning in hot climates and lowering CO2 emissions.

      Solar control coatings help reduce fuel consumption, thereby significantly extending the range of the electric vehicle and increasing performance, especially as vehicles of all types are rapidly transitioning to electric power.

      Bus Glass Processing Trends

      There are many new trends in bus glass processing which we will try to explain all of them with the details and examples.

      1. Trends in Bus Glass Processing: Sidelite Bus Glass

      Cutout sidelites are becoming increasingly difficult to manufacture using traditional technology. These specialty glasses necessitate the use of sophisticated machinery to process the glass in order to meet the demands for coatings, cut-out shapes, and thinner units.

      Bus manufacturers are now looking for sidelites that are made up of two separate glass units connected by a layer of gas insulation. The goal is to reduce the U-values and weight. The glasses for these units are typically only 3 mm thick.

      Thinner surfaces, especially when tempering the sidelite glass, are more difficult to get right in terms of quality – and to comply with automotive fragmentation standards, which are much stricter than architectural regulations.

      2. Trends in Bus Glass Processing: Glass Shapes in Bus Glass Processing

      Not all sidelites are getting bigger, but larger glass surfaces are becoming the de facto standard in bus design. Large, continuous transparent glass surfaces add finesse to the bus design and allow passengers to take in more of the scenery as they travel.

      Previously, the maximum glass requirements were 2.4 x 1.5 m. Today, 2.4 x 1.7 bus glass is becoming the new standard. Those bus glass processors who are ready to meet these demands are in a much better position to capitalize on this growing market trend.

      For both sidelites and windshields, growing continuous glass surfaces are being requested. Previously, the windshield of a city bus would only extend to the top. Tourist buses, in particular, are now required to have windshields that extend all the way to the bus’s roof in order to add flamboyance and a wow factor for onlookers.

      To conceal the bus’s structural elements, digital and screen-printed glass surfaces are used. These surfaces conceal unsightly metal or cords while also improving the vehicle’s aesthetics.

      Bus Glass Processing Trends

      3. Trends in Bus Glass Processing: Entering to Bus Glass Market

      It is critical for processors looking to enter or expand their bus glass offering to have the capability as well as quality results.

      It all boils down to locating processing technologies capable of bending and tempering glass to the required quality standards. To process both bus windshields and sidelites, the technology must be able to precisely focus heat. It must also be simple to operate. By concentrating on a smaller area, it is possible to heat evenly and without overheating challenging cut-out and screen-printed glasses to produce a nice contour in bending.

      When looking for a dependable technology partner, make sure they have extensive knowledge in both continuous windshield and sidelite processing technology. In fact, Finland has earned a reputation for having some of the world’s best expertise in bus glass manufacturing by following the new trends in bus glass processing.

      Keep in mind that any glass heat treatment process requires effective and flawless preprocessing in order to produce high-quality results. And, as the trend toward larger and thinner bus glass continues, the preprocessing stage is more important than ever.

      Preprocessing of larger and thinner parts, in particular, necessitates improved stability throughout all steps, as well as lower cutting and breaking pressures and smaller cutting wheels. Furthermore, the handling must be improved – the parts require a better and more stable support, as well as smooth surfaces on all glass contact points to avoid breakage.

      As a result, availability of adjustable cutting and breaking tools capable of accurate control of low cutting pressures and a handling system capable of supporting the glass in the best possible way during movements is an important criterion when selecting preprocessing equipment.

      Bus Glass Processing Trends

      4. Trends in Bus Glass Processing: Bus Glass Replacement Market

      Even in the bus windshield replacement market, having the necessary expertise is essential for gaining more business. When a rock hits the windshield, using technical glasses made of borosilicate or aluminum silicate, for example, reduces breakage. These glasses are already being used on a small scale in the passenger car market, and it is only a matter of time before they are used on buses as well. These glasses are more complicated and difficult to process because they behave differently.

      However, there is a growing market opportunity here as well.

      You may also interested to read our “Trends in Automotive Glass Processing” article which explains today’s trends in automotive glass processing.

      5. Trends in Bus Glass Processing: Winning the Future Bus Glass Market

      Glass units will become more complex as technology is integrated into them. This creates new challenges for glass processors to catch the new trends in bus glass processing.

      How will you deal with these difficulties? You can create a profitable market for your offering by gaining expertise and ensuring added value in everything you do. You can offer a higher price and enjoy greater market exclusivity by incorporating more technology into all of your processes. I hope that this “Trends in Bus Glass Processing” article will help you to understand the new trends in bus glass processing. If you have any recommendation to our readers or questions, please freel free to reply.

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