Identify two companies and one product produced by each company
that directly relate to the NCT technical application your team has selected.
Guardian Industries, a world wide leader in the glass, automotive and building
materials manufacturing is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. With 19,000 employees on 5 continents in 21 countries, Guardian's
products are sold around the world. Guardian Industries was founded in 1932 as Guardian
Glass Company. They manufactured automobile windshields in Detroit, Michigan.
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In 1970 Guardian opened its first float glass production line in Carleton, Michigan.
They now have 25 float glass lines in 24 facilities. Guardian produces anti-reflective
films directly on glass and is "...one of the largest glass vacuum deposition
coating companies in the world."1 Over the years, Guardian expanded
to become the only company producing glass and trim products for the automotive
Guardian strives to have "continuous
improvement of products and services", by running a science and technology
center in Carleton, Michigan. They also have research facilities in Warren, Michigan,
and Llodio, Spain. Today, Guardian is the largest manufacturer of mirrors in the world.
MacDermid AutoType produces "market
focused technical innovation at the touch and vision interface." It maintains
worldwide coverage by virtue of its
three locations in England, Singapore and the U.S.A.
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MacDermid AutoType, Inc.
Its market covers
membrane switches, electrical switches, TV remote controls, as well as microscopically
replicating patterns in film coating, such as moth-eye diffraction gratings.
For the 2005 fiscal year Autotype averaged
revenues of $86.5 million and employed 390 people. Autotype was acquired
by MacDermid on June 14, 2005, for $81.3 million, from Norcros Plc, the 40-year
limited company owner.
MacDermid Autotype produces combined anti-reflective and anti-glare films to
optimize performance in applications where low-reflection and high-transmission
are required. It is a
world leader in producing precision nano- and micro-structures onto film substrates.
Identify one professional association or trade organization
associated with the products your team identified. Include:
of its mission, and
of people/companies involved.
National Glass Association, (NGA) is a trade organization that represents
companies in the flat glass industry. Its mission is "to
provide information and education, as well as promote quality workmanship, ethics,
and safety in the architectural, automotive and window and door glass industries".
Founded in 1948 the NGA has grown to nearly 4000 members. For whom they provide
training, information and representational services.
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National Glass Association
The NGA is lead
by volunteers from various companies in the glass industry. The association
has its national headquarters in McLean, Virginia with affiliated chapters throughout the
United States. Also the NGA has
volunteer committees who study and oversee different sectors of the glass
NGA members receive newsletters, discounts, safety guides and organization publications
such as Glass,
Auto Glass and Window & Door magazines. Also the NGA holds the National Auto Glass Conference & EXPO,
where members can learn about new products and meet each other. This year the convention
will be held in Orlando, Florida during February.
Industry Certifications are provided by the NGA at various locations, including
online. In addition the NGA operates
The Coalition for Auto Glass Safety & Public Awareness (CASPA), which promotes
consumer education about the importance of glass as a safety component in automobiles.
Propose and describe a new product or new process based on your
team's NCT technical application.
The marriage of nanotechnology and nano-optics to everyday items is found in our
product, the Moth-Eye Windshield,
which will reduce glare through the use of nano-optic technology. When light intense
enough to cause disabling glare strikes the windshield, its behavior is changed
so that it is dispersed over a larger area so that the intensity striking the driver's
reduced. It is analogous to the idea that a tiny LED 'appears' brighter than
a candle flame with the same luminosity due to the fact that the candle flame's
luminosity is spread out over a
wider area. The moth eye grating is produced on the nano-scale so the grating
features themselves are exponentially smaller than what is visible to the naked
eye and will not obscure the
driver's vison. Since the behavior of light is different at this level, it
is possible to let in the light we want to see and reduce the glare caused by Blinding
Via the Internet, locate a company that might be able to manufacture
your teamís proposed product. Send the company an e-mail asking that someone in
the company evaluate the product your team proposed. If your team is not able to
obtain a response to your inquiry, provide on your website an example of the e-mail
request you sent and the names of manufacturers to whom you sent the request.