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PPG unveils blast, ballistics protection solutions for construction
PPG-certified products are now available for enhancing building security
PITTSBURGH, Dec. 1, 2009 –
PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) fiber glass business has introduced
inorganic composite binder panels for physical asset protection, expanding the company’s portfolio of solutions for blast and ballistics applications.
These precast, fiber glass-reinforced ICB panels enhance blast and ballistics resistance in thinner, lighter forms than possible with traditional steel-reinforced concrete systems.
ICB panels also offer better temperature and fire resistance than supported by other materials typically used in security applications, according to Kevin Richardson, market development manager, PPG Fiber Glass.
The panels can be custom manufactured based on the customer-defined threat level, and they can be incorporated into either modular systems for rapid force protection or permanent structures. Modular designs provide an interconnecting infrastructure to support use in multi- and single-level buildings as well as freestanding perimeter wall systems.
ICB panel solutions appropriate for homeland security, government and military agencies’ applications worldwide.
ICB panels have exhibited very good strength and ductility in blast load tests,” said Kirk A. Marchand, P.E., of Protection Engineering Consultants. “The technology offers advantages in weight and constructability when incorporated into architectural assemblies for blast- and ballistic-resistant applications.”
Jim Peters, global manager, new application development and testing, PPG Fiber Glass, said, “PPG experts have created a complete process, from design through delivery, to provide unique products that protect people, infrastructure and property against blast and ballistics, projectiles and explosions.” He said extensive testing has proven that
panels protect reliably against various National Institute of Justice ballistics and Government Services Administration blast threat levels.
PPG initially will produce
ICB panels at a facility in Shelby, N.C.
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