Does your company need the strongest bulletproof glass available today? We can get it if you truly need it! At Creative Industries, we’ve been helping businesses and organizations across a wide range of industries achieve greater protection and security with customized bullet resistant glass products since the 1980s. Every standard product we offer can also be customized as needed for each customer with specific needs and requirements. And we can also design and make totally unique products as needed. All you have to do is call us toll-free at 800-776-2068 to get the conversation started about what you need and how we can help!
Making Bullet Resistant Glass: The Sandwich Effect
Making bulletproof glass involves a relatively simple manufacturing process once you have the needed materials. Bullet resistant glass is a form of laminated or glass with a plastic coating that can be effective at stopping bullets. The starting point begins with sheets of glass or acrylic as the base material. Then you make a sandwich where the “bread” is the base material and the “filling” is some kind of super-strong plastic film.
The plastic comes in a variety of forms made from different resins, including polycarbonate and polyvinyl butyral, or thermoplastic materials called ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) or polyethylene-vinyl-acetate (PEVA). The layers of plastic between the base material are super-heated in an autoclave (a sort of giant pressure cooker), causing them to melt and become the adhesive that fuses all the layers together and also provides control of shattering and slows the progress of bullets. The more layers of bread and filling you add to the sandwich, the stronger and more protective the final product, and the higher the cost, obviously.
If you’re interested in all the steps of how bulletproof glass was actually made around the turn of the Millennium, check out this Hands on History video from 2003 on YouTube. There are also a surprising number of videos out there about making bulletproof glass yourself at home, but if you want real protection, please let the experts be the ones to make bullet-resistant glass!
More Layers = Greater Ballistic Protection
Stopping a standard 9mm bullet takes three layers of polycarbonate layered between four sheets of the base material (glass or acrylic). The larger the caliber of the bullet, the more layers you’re going to need for your sandwich. Each layer added of the base material and plastic causes the weight of the bulletproof window you’re making to become heavier and heavier. In this sense, you can add as many layers as you want, but eventually, you wind up with something that’s so thick and heavy it’s impractical to move or use. To answer the original question that inspired this article, the strongest bulletproof glass is glass-clad polycarbonate, and the thicker the final product (meaning the number of layers), the greater the ballistic protection it offers!
Better Security and Protection from Creative Industries Products
There is a number of products we find a majority of customers in certain industries need, and we’ve developed a number of product lines across the following categories:
- Bullet Resistant Windows: We offer more than a dozen different configurations for a range of applications that involve employees interacting with customers.
- Deal Trays: There are 13 different deal tray products in our catalog to protect workers when interactions with customers require passing small items back and forth.
- Drawers: The 9 different styles of drawer products we offer are like the ones you’ve no doubt seen and used at bank drive-ups. The employee inside extends and retracts the drawer to exchange items in a transaction.
- Pass Thrus: We have 11 different products in this category that serve the same function as drawers, but are configured to handle packages of various sizes.
- Talk Thrus: There are 7 different kinds of talk thrus that can be added to a bullet-resistant transparent barrier in order to facilitate dialog between employees’ customers.
Explore our website for more information about the products we make here at Creative Industries, and know we are always willing to discuss your unique needs and find a way to meet them. Drop us a line through the contact page of our website or call us toll-free at 800-776-2068. We’re here to help your company and your employees achieve greater peace of mind!