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Auto Glass Replacement Glossary

Acoustic Interlayer:
Glass having a thicker than normal center laminate for noise reduction and better stereo sound quality.

OEM:
Original Equipment Manufacturer

AGRSS:
Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards. Safety standards widely accepted by the auto glass industry.

Laminated Glass:
A type of safety glass that holds together when shattered. In the event of breaking, it is held in place by an interlayer, typically of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) or ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), between its two or more layers of glass. The interlayer keeps the layers of glass bonded even when broken, and its high strength prevents the glass from breaking up into large sharp pieces.

Butyl:
An adhesive/sealant. It achieves lap shear strengths of only about 13 psi.

Diversity Antenna:
Combines the reception from two or more antennas on the vehicle. They work together to achieve superior radio reception. They typically appear as a thin brown or orange line inside the glass.

AGRSS:
Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards. Safety standards widely accepted by the auto glass industry.

Electrochromic Mirror:
A rear view mirror that automatically dims when light shines on it.

Encapsulated:
A glass part that has a molding attached. Usually it's only on the top of the glass and is commonly found on GM made SUV's.

Frit:
The black painted border around the perimeter of the auto glass. Designed to block the sun's rays from deteriorating the adhesive that structurally bonds the auto glass to the vehicle.

Heated Wier Park Area:
A windshield contains heater grids across the lower part of the glass where the wipers rest. Usually visible as a brown or grey lines running horizontally at the base of the windshield.

HUD:
Heads up display. Some of your vehicle's key instrumentation is flashed up onto the bottom of the windshield.

Laminated Auto Glass:
A sandwich of two pieces of glass with a layer of laminate between them. All front windshields are made of laminated glass. Properly installed windshields cushion an occupant's head during impact, act as a backboard for the airbags, and provide structural roof support in an accident.

Light Sensor:
A sensor usually located on the windshield that senses the absence of light and turns the headlights on.

Nonconductive Adhesives:
Low in carbon and change high frequency antenna impedance. Sensitive electronic signals in some luxury cars require specialized nonconductive adhesives to maintain optimal operating levels.

Rain Sensor:
A sensor usually located near the windshield's rear view mirror that senses rain and activates the windshield wipers.

Condensation Sensor:
A windshield attachment that senses when your glass has condensation and heats up to reduce the condensation buildup.

Heated Wier Park Area:
A windshield contains heater grids across the lower part of the glass where the wipers rest. Usually visible as a brown or grey lines running horizontally at the base of the windshield.

Heated Wier Park Area:
Heated windshields are made by laying a nearly invisible web of extremely fine tungsten wires within the windshield glass, so you may not be able to tell visibly if you have a heated windshield.

Lane Departure Warning System

Alane departure warning system is a mechanism designed to warn the driver when the vehicle begins to move out of its lane (unless a turn signal is on in that direction) on freeways and arterial roads.

HUD:
Heads up display. Some of your vehicle's key instrumentation is flashed up onto the bottom of the windshield.

Sola Coated Auto Glass:
When the inner layer of non-solar glass is coated with UV reflective film before being attached to the PVB and second layer of glass to form the windshield.

Light Sensor:
A sensor usually located on the windshield that senses the absence of light and turns the headlights on.

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