What Is Windshield Calibration?

Automobiles in today’s day and age contain a variety of modern advancements that provide car owners with a wide range of benefits. Although many of these advancements are extremely useful to have implemented within your vehicle, they can also be frustrating to properly maintain as knowing when and how to take care of them is something that many modern-day car owners struggle with.

A common example of this scenario is when individuals realize that their automobile’s windshield needs to be required. The reason for this is because it seems outlandish to have to calibrate an automobile’s windshield although many advanced driver assistance safety systems (ADAS) required a properly calibrated windshield to function correctly. The reason for this is because modern cars rely heavily on these systems to protect not only the vehicle but also those inside of it while on the road.

Why Calibrate?

Since many automobile owners don’t even know that their windshield needs to be calibrated, it is generally assumed that a trusted expert like those at Carolina Windshield Centers will be required to complete the maintenance. This guarantees that camera and any related safety systems are functioning properly. Carolina Windshield Centers is proud to offer windshield calibration services to those who have recently had a windshield replacement and are in need.

Types of Calibration

The type of windshield calibration your car requires is heavily dependent on the manufacturer of your vehicle. The reason for this is that there are different types of windshield calibration some cars require one or the other and sometimes even both.  These processes are referred to as dynamic and static recalibrations. Dynamic recalibrations need the vehicle at a certain speed on roads that are heavily marked in order to be completed successfully while static recalibration is quite different. This is because the vehicle needs to be stationary with an image positioned on a stand in front of the vehicle. After roughly forty-five minutes to an hour, the process will be complete.

Let Carolina Windshield Centers Calibrate Your Windshield!

The expert technicians at Carolina Windshield Centers are heavily trained in regard to all type of auto glass servicing including every kind of windshield calibration that your automobile could possibly require. Whether you’re looking for just a windshield recalibration, or you’re anticipating the need for one following a windshield replacement, Carolina Windshield Centers would be proud to help carry out these services for you and ensure the safety of not only your car but those inside of it as well. Contact us today for more information about us and our available services.

The Science Behind Your Windshield

Windshields have gone through one of the biggest evolutions since the automobile was invented. The earliest car windshields were made using ordinary glass and shattered easily, injuring passengers and those nearby. Starting with Fords in 1919, the process of glass laminating was used to increase safety.

Modern windshields are a little more complex than early windshields. They are made with laminated safety glass, which consists of two layers of clear glass and an inner layer of polyvinyl butyral. The inner layer is key to the windshield’s shatterproof capability: while the glass may chip or crack, the polyvinyl mix binds the glass layers together and provides visual clarity that would be difficult to maintain through the glass alone.

A windshield begins as a plain piece of glass. A machine called a plotter runs a wheel over the glass and scours it until it is in the desired shape, depending on the vehicle. A torch is run over the scour marks and the shaped glass is popped out of the sheet. This process eliminates most of the jagged and uneven edges of the glass, though the process still requires sanding and polishing through a process called seaming. The glass is seamed, washed and sprayed down with a formula of talcum powder and water so the glass won’t stick to another sheet of glass. A silkscreened border is sprayed onto the glass sheets to conceal any blemishes or imperfections, followed by a visual inspection. The windshield is put through a bending leer at 1382° Fahrenheit, where it is melted down to the correct angle, cooled and hardened. An opaque vinyl sheet, previously formed into the shape of the windshield, is placed between the sheets of glass and put through a nipper, a machine designed to get rid of air bubbles. Following the nipper is an hour in large pressure cooker called an autoclave. The autoclave is followed by the steel ball test. Steel balls are dropped on the windshield from several heights to prove the windshield’s durability. If it does not shatter, the batch is ready to move on to a final visual inspection before getting sold.

Carolina Windshield Centers provides some of the best repair and replacement services in Charlotte, Greensboro, Morrisville, and Hickory, North Carolina. We have expert glass technicians and provide convenience so you can get in and get out with the peace of mind your windshield will protect you. Call us at 800 900-1505 to request a quote or schedule your next appointment today!