Known as an industry leader in commercial glass production and creation, Kuraray has been making specialty glass since 1926. When you’ve been in the glass making business for 90+ years, you learn a lot about glass. Features like water resistibility, durability, lightness, and clarity all factor into how your product is designed and made. It also determines how the glass will be used whether it be for things like windows, facades, overhead glazing, and/or doors and partitions. So, it’s no wonder that Kuraray’s newest product, SentryGlas® and SentryGlas® Expressions, is causing buzz in the architecture, engineering and construction industry.
A product that is five times stronger and up to 100 times stiffer than conventional laminating materials, SentryGlas® has expanded from its’ initial purpose as a hurricane glass glazing application to a product structural engineers have identified as incredibly beneficial for other aspects of a building. Made using ionoplast polymer technology, SentryGlas® is chemically different from PVB (like Trosifol and Butacite), making it water resistant, clearer and stronger. Because SentryGlas® is a durable glass product that has shown less vulnerability to moisture exposure or yellowing over time, structural engineers and architects are recognizing it as an important element of a building design.
Taking a step towards the more creative side of glass design, SentryGlas® Expressions gives architects, interior designers, and structural engineers limitless possibilities on building aesthetics.Using a special, proprietary technology, SentryGlas® Expressions™ laminators print, then laminate the image or pattern on the PVB before encapsulating it in glass. With this kind of technology, the designer only needs to have a limitless imagination.
SentryGlas® and SentryGlas® Expressions are optimal choices for architects and designers looking for quality and longevity. It helps builders do more with less, allowing for innovation while providing greater protection for patrons or occupants. “SentryGlas® structural interlayer performance helps architects and glazed building system manufacturers meet society’s need for greater security, energy efficiency, noise reduction, healthful living, safety and maintenance ease.” With the kind of quality it possess, you can expect this product to become a standard across the industry in the coming years.