Automotive division

Performance at high speed.
Automotive
The automotive sector, and in particular its design centres, works at high speed and is always on the search for reliable and advanced partners who are able to offer innovative solutions quickly.
The state-of-the-art technologies that Viraver offers have made the company one of the most important players in this sector.
Car designers’ needs are always demanding and often rely on extreme technical innovation, especially where prototypes and racing cars are concerned. Viraver works closely with automotive design centres and independent car designers to test new and extreme solutions and ensure the designers’ demands for reduced thickness and perfect optical quality are met.
Viraver’s ongoing success in this area is due to being able to work closely with the automotive designers on each bespoke project, using Viraver’s thermally-toughened and chemically-toughened glass technologies in ways that are specifically tailored to each automotive challenge.
The same bespoke approach and attention to quality are applied to the development of polycarbonate destined for racing cars, for both track and rally.
Extreme curvatures, lightness, resistance to scratching and excellent optical quality are fundamental factors needed here which Viraver has delivered time after time. Viraver polycarbonate is an essential ingredient of any winning car.
Market sectors
  • Style or concept car prototypes
  • Pre-series or small series prototypes
  • Racing cars
Services sector
  • Pre-sales support – Project development
  • 3D Digitizing
  • Product development
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality control
  • Type Approval ECE R 43 e DOT
  • Worldwide after-sales service
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AUTOMOTIVE DIVISION PRODUCTS

Sag bending glass (Contactless Gravity Bending)

To produce large curved surfaces, Viraver employs the sag bending technique/procedure.
This technique allows to bend fairly thick plates of glass of the maximum size offered by the market, with cylindrical or spherical curvatures, maintaining excellent optical properties because of surfaces without flaws, distortions and undulations.
Our team, with its expertise in curvatures and the 3D technique used for the elaboration, guarantees the continuity of the surfaces even in the most complex projects.

Chemical strengthened glass

The chemical strengthening process of glass is used to improve the physical characteristics of glass, increasing its resistance to mechanical stresses and to thermal shocks.
The process is achieved with long bath in potassium salts, during which the glass exchanges the sodium ions in the surface layer sheet with those of the potassium.
Once the sheet of glass is taken out of the bath, the superficial layers will have a permanent pre-stressing state compensated by a traction tension in the inner layers.
This state of tension affords the glass mechanical characteristics of up to 2 and half times superior in comparison to the same glass with the thermal toughening process and up to 6 times the overlaid glass.
The chemical hardening process by its nature does not involve any kind of optical distortion and imprint on the treated glass; thanks to the perfect balance of the tension state, the birefringence effect (anisotropy) is also absent.
Chemically strengthened glass is not subject to spontaneous rupture by nickel sulphide inclusions and therefore does not require Heat Soak Test treatments. Today, Viraver is the company which produces the biggest sheets of chemically toughened glass in the world: 8 m x 3,21.

Laminated high-strength Glass

Laminated glass is one of the most used products in projects where glass is a structural part because it combines transparency with the robustness and security features required by standards and norms.
In Viraver lamination is executed for each piece of glass by bag technique and autoclave cycle.
Depending on the design requirements, the glass can be laminated with any type of interlayer, PVB, structural PVB, ionomer, polyurethane, EVA etc. up to the SentryGlas® Expression ™, which is used under the exclusive Kuraray license.
The stratification techniques used in Viraver allows innumerable materials to be added to the plastic interlayer that further enhance the purpose to the glass, for example: heating elements, heat shields, electromagnetic radiation shields, electric and decorative opacifier films.

Micro-wire heating insertion glass / Heating Glass

Viraver produces flat and curved glass with de-fogging or de-icing heating systems to ensure maximum visibility in all environmental conditions.
The heating effect can be obtained by using two different technologies; by inserting micro-wire heating elements or coating heating elements.
According to customer requirements, Viraver offers a wide range of design solutions to fully integrate the element according to the power supply, unitary heating power, electrical use as per component.

Electromagnetic shielding glass

Privacy and protection are provided by windows that allow screening of electromagnetic emissions.
Using the principle of the Faraday Cage and guaranteeing a good compromise between the visibility and the shielding value required, laminated glass is produced with shielding features that can be produces in different thicknesses, with hardened glass and not and with varying interlayers.
Generally, the production technique used involves inserting, inside the plastic cross-section, of conductive elements which while maintaining the transparency requirements, ensure shielding efficiency.

Polarzing Glass and Heat control glass

In order to optimize the optical-luminous performance of the glass, in addition to providing a wide range of coatings available on the market, which can be adapted to complex shapes, Viraver uses shielding solutions through the use of special interlayers or selective films incorporated within the plastic interlayer.
There are several technologies and materials that Viraver uses, depending on the conditions of use, of the requirements of Customer's binding laws and specifications.

Bollet-proof Glass and Anti-burglary Glass

Viraver offers a full range of bulletproof and anti-burglary solutions, certified according to different levels of protection.
ViraShield BR (bulletproof glass) is a laminated glass composed of glass and polycarbonate sheets, joined together by the use of specific interlayers; all Virashield BR compositions are anti splinter.
During development, Viraver's ViraShield BR (anti-bulletproof) and anti-burglary (Viralam) products can be adapted to the customer's architectural and design needs through the use of heating systems and / or opaque films.
The objective is to make the armoured model indistinguishable, both for aesthetics and for optical quality, even through the remarkable reduction in thickness.
Viraver has many compositions classified according to international standards EN 1063 (civilian) and STANAG 4569 (military).

SentryGlas® Expression™

Viraver is the only licensing company in Italy for Kureray's SentryGlas® Expression ™ technology. Through this technology high resolution digital print is applied, using specific inks and PVBs, any photographic image, logo, geometric design or material reproduction inside laminated flat and curved security glass.

Thermoforming

The thermoforming process consists in giving the flat sheet the shape of curved surface by means of a thermal process.
The bending equipment used can be in fiberglass, carbon-fibre, glass or wood. The use of these materials depends on the main requirements of the product and its repeatability.
In order to ensure maximum visual quality, every plastic element is optically tested after bending, whether it is part of a monolithic product or a layered product.

Polycarbonate windshield

Viraver produces polycarbonate windshields with advanced features to ensure the best performance in any condition of use.
Shock and chipping resistance can be enriched with various additional features, through appropriate treatments and constructive techniques.
Scratch-resistant treatment increases resistance to surface degradation caused, for example, by windshield wiper blades or, in the racing sector, by the abrasion caused by track debris.
The laminated polycarbonate windscreens can be integrated with heating micro-wires and thermal protection filters to provide better safety and comfort even in endurance races.

Anti-scratch coating for polycarbonate

The basic feature of plastic materials is their ductility and lightness; on the contrary they can be easily perishable over time; this deterioration is mainly resulting from scratches.
In order to increase the durability of polycarbonate products, Viraver has developed the application of a special anti-scratch coating that has the function of hardening the surface making it extremely resistant compared to the original product.
The resulting product acquires the hardness required to meet the durability requirements defined by international standards (ECE R43 and DOT).
The treatment can be applied on one or both sides of the polycarbonate.
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