Research & Development

At Vitro, we’re always raising the bar.

As part of the Vitro Sustainability model, the Company believes that innovation is a corporate value that allows us to offer competitive products. Because of this, each of our businesses units has a technology team dedicated to improving our processes and products to satisfy our customers.

Throughout its history, Vitro has continually raised the bar through advancements in glass making and coating technologies. These advancements have enabled significantly reduced natural gas usage and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the glass production process and dramatically lowered energy consumption in homes and commercial buildings.

From the first environmental, heat-absorbing glass to advancements in automotive glass, Vitro Glass has consistently built on its own prior advancements in glass technology to provide new, innovative glass products, substrates and coatings that advance performance and help meet the needs of end users across a variety of markets and applications.

Flat Glass

For more than 50 years, the Vitro Glass Technology Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been one of the world’s most sophisticated hubs for glass research, technology and product development. More than 500 patents have been issued to employees of the Center and their collaborators over the past 30 years, more than 200 of which are still active. 

Among the innovations developed there are numerous products that have become proven, trusted brands, including Starphire Ultra-Clear® low-iron glass and Solarban® 90 glass, the commercial glass industry’s first MSVD quad-silver-coated low-e glass.

Vitro Architectural Glass also utilizes and licenses proprietary Vitro-owned and patented oxy-fuel furnace technology for glass making. Pioneered and perfected at Vitro’s Meadville, Pennsylvania automotive float glass plant, this technology reduces natural gas consumption by 15 percent, carbon emissions by 10 percent and NOx emissions by more than 50 percent compared to traditional gas/air-fired glass furnaces.

Automotive Glass

Vitro Automotive Glass works every day to help secure the Environmental Protection Agency’s off-cycle CO2 credit for the use of solar energy mitigating glazing, which is based on the performance of the glass in the areas of fuel efficiency, CO2 emissions, lightweight, powertrain technology and aerodynamics.

In addition to Vitro’s overall corporate commitment to protecting and sustaining the environment, safety and security are also focus areas for our technology team. This work helps the Company support quieter interior environments, enhanced intrusion protection and protection from UV radiation.

Technology and Machinery

FAMA’s R&D team is driven by the experienced engineers, electricians and designers who are fully dedicated to research and committed to innovating and developing new products to improve our processes across a range of industries. From the conceptualization stage to the prototyping stage, Vitro employs industry-leading technology in hardware and software to excel in various industries and disciplines, including 3D modeling, finite element analysis and manufacturing design.

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