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30.09.2013

SCHOTT glass laminates successfully tested against simultaneous multiple attacks

The world's first special glass products that successfully withstood consecutive fire and ballistic attacks
Photo shows a pane of PYRANOVA® secure that was first subjected to a fire test for 30 minutes then attacked with a 9 mm Luger army pistol. The extremely hot glass laminate from SCHOTT resists three shots fired from a 9 mm caliber gun at a speed of 400 m/s
Photo shows a pane of PYRANOVA® secure that was first subjected to a fire test for 30 minutes then attacked with a 9 mm Luger army pistol. The extremely hot glass laminate from SCHOTT resists three shots fired from a 9 mm caliber gun at a speed of 400 m/s
Jena (Germany), September 30, 2013 – The international technology group SCHOTT now offers a variety of special glass laminates that have been successfully tested against simultaneous exposure from multiple attacks. The glass products from the PYRANOVA® secure and the NOVOLAY® secure series were subjected to a fire test and bullet attack immediately after one another. This type of trial involving a barrage of potentially destructive assaults was performed for the first time anywhere in the world. The test results were monitored and confirmed by the Beschussamt Ulm (Ballistic test facility in Ulm) and the Institute for Building Materials, Solid Construction and Fire Protection (IBMB) at the Technical University of Braunschweig. The glasses met both of the test standards DIN EN 1363 (Fire Protection) and DIN EN 1063 (Bullet Resistance).

Existing security glasses offer protection against various types of attacks, but always only against one form of attack in the case of an emergency. The unique thing about the new PYRANOVA® secure laminates from SCHOTT is that they successfully stand up against different forms of successive attacks: a SCHOTT glass laminate damaged by gunshot still offers reliable protection from a fire. In the same manner, the SCHOTT laminated pane after being exposed to a fire still stands up to gunshot.

“This is a world first,” explains Helmut Kugelmann, Sales Manager for SCHOTT Technical Glass Solutions in Jena. “To meet these unique demands we have developed new special multifunctional laminated constructions that are made up of both highly tempered and extremely effective fire protection glass types. This type of complex structure is necessary in order to ensure that our new products are able to resist multiple simultaneous attacks,” he adds.

Testers from two independent institutes, the Beschussamt Ulm (Bombardment Office in Ulm) and the Institute for Building Materials, Solid Construction and Fire Protection at the Technical University of Braunschweig, approved the tests and issued a test certificate for the products that belong to the new generation of laminates from the PYRANOVA® secure family. Due to the fact that the European legislator only requires that protective glasses meet EN safety standards individually, SCHOTT became the world's first company to voluntarily subject its safety laminates to a combination of tests.

“With our safety glass, we now offer the chance to effectively protect buildings from multiple assaults, for example bullet strikes following an attack with a Molotov cocktail. For this reason, we are quite confident that our glass products will be of great interest when it comes to developing security strategies for government buildings, embassies and consulates,” Kugelmann notes.

The development of the new safety glass range has received support from the Thuringian State Government and the European Regional Development Fund EFRE as part of the research project “2nd Generation Multifunctional Safety Glazing” (2011 FE 0156) since October 2011.

Background information:

PYRANOVA® secure is a special construction on the basis of PYRANOVA®, the special glass that has proven itself in fire resistant glazing. In its standard composition, PYRANOVA® refers to a compact multipane laminated glass for use in EI (F) fire resistant glazing. In the event of a fire, it provides effective protection against the entry of fire, smoke and hot gases for up to two hours. Thanks to the enclosed transparent fire resistant layers that foam up when a fire breaks out, this glazing also offers an effective barrier against heat radiation.

Moreover, PYRANOVA® secure also meets extremely high security requirements in addition to its reliable fire resistant properties. It impressively combines fire protection with resistance to bullets in accordance with the DIN EN 1063 standard.

PYRANOVA® secure and NOVOLAY® secure are registered trademarks of SCHOTT AG.

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SCHOTT is an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, solar power, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optics, transportation and architecture industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers’ success and making SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives with high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales units in 35 countries. Its workforce of around 16,000 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 2 billion euros for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.
A fire test is performed for 60 minutes on a NOVOLAY® secure glass laminate that had already been shattered by shots fired from a gun in  in accordance with the DIN EN 1363 standard. Photo: SCHOTT
A fire test is performed for 60 minutes on a NOVOLAY® secure glass laminate that had already been shattered by shots fired from a gun in in accordance with the DIN EN 1363 standard. Photo: SCHOTT
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