Welcome to the Snageo blog, your go-to source for everything related to industrial Glass and Aluminium machinery in UAE. As a leading supplier of high-quality machinery for glass tempering plants globally, we at Snageo understand the ins and outs of the glass industry, particularly when it comes to safety. In this post, we will delve into the significant differences between tempered glass and regular glass, focusing on the vital safety aspects that you should be aware of.
Understanding the Basics
To begin, it’s important to define the two types of glass in question. Regular or annealed glass is the most basic form of glass, serving as the starting point for all types of glass manufacturing, including the making of tempered glass. This standard glass undergoes a slow cooling process, which reduces internal stress and makes it easier to cut and shape.
On the other hand, tempered glass, also known as toughened or safety glass, undergoes a unique process of extreme heating followed by rapid cooling. This process changes the properties of the glass fundamentally, enhancing its strength and altering the way it reacts to breakage.
The Safety Factors: Strength, Break Pattern, Heat Resistance, and Compliance
- Strength: One of the primary advantages of tempered glass is its strength. Tempered glass is up to four to five times stronger than regular glass due to its manufacturing process. This additional strength makes it less likely to break under pressure or impact, enhancing safety in applications such as doors, windows, shower enclosures, and glass partitions.
- Break Pattern: The manner in which a glass breaks is a significant safety consideration. Regular glass, when broken, shatters into long, jagged shards that can cause serious injury. Tempered glass, on the other hand, disintegrates into small, rounded pieces when broken. While these pieces can still be harmful, they are far less likely to cause severe injuries, providing an added layer of safety.
- Heat Resistance: Tempered glass is more resistant to heat compared to regular glass. It can withstand higher temperatures without cracking or breaking, making it a safer choice for applications in close proximity to heat sources, such as oven doors, fireplace screens, or near radiators.
- Compliance with Safety Standards: Tempered glass is designed to comply with various safety glazing standards, such as the CPSC 16 CFR 1201 in the U.S, BS EN 12150 in the UK, and AS/NZS 2208 in Australia. This compliance ensures that tempered glass meets a certain level of quality and safety for use in diverse settings.
From Safety to Environmental Consideration
Beyond its safety advantages, tempered glass is also an environmentally friendly choice. Unlike plastics or other materials, glass is 100% recyclable and can be repeatedly recycled without loss of quality or purity. This means that choosing tempered glass not only enhances safety but also contributes to environmental sustainability.
At Snageo, Our Commitment
At Snageo, we are proud to be part of an industry that contributes to global safety standards. We supply state-of-the-art machinery for glass tempering plants, enabling them to produce high-quality tempered glass products. Our commitment extends to educating our clients and the public about the inherent benefits and safety features of tempered glass.
In a world where safety and sustainability are becoming increasingly important, tempered glass offers a perfect combination of both. Stay tuned to our blog for more insights and information about the world of glass tempering.
What We Learnt
As we’ve explored, tempered glass presents a clear advantage over regular glass when it comes to safety. Whether it’s the strength, break pattern, heat resistance, or compliance with safety standards, tempered glass stands out as the safer choice. At Snageo, we’re here to ensure that this safety standard is maintained through our high-quality machinery for glass tempering plants.
Until our next post, stay safe and make informed choices. Remember, when it comes to safety, every detail counts!
Sajin K. S
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