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Currently most ships use a few products such as RainX for application on glass surfaces. These products are (including RainX) is merely a short-lasting water repelling agent with no protective properties for the glass. They all have been originally designed for automotive industry and the manufacturer has no interest to expand the longevity or performance . The application of is performed a minimum of 4 times a year followed by additional partial applications with shorter intervals.

Client objectives

Use of water repelling (hydrophobic) material on the glass is to achieve the following objectives:

  • protecting glass surface from deposition of salt, calcium and mineral
  • preventing deterioration of the surface
  • creating a hydrophobic surface to prevent water-spots
  • reduction of maintenance, labor with higher SOA as a result

Unfortunately the only result is creation of short-lasting water repelling properties without the protective component. The result is a failed coating in marine environment, higher cost of material without getting the expected return.

DITEC Solution for glass maintenance

Only 4 products are needed to maintain all glass surfaces. DITEC Solution contains two parts:

  • Preservation
  • General maintenance

Each one of the solutions can be used separately or in combination.

Products for glass maintenance

Preservation

  • Glasstec (Only once every 1-2 years)
  • G200 (if needed, only prior to application of Glasstec)

Maintenance

Glasstec is a preservation and protection coating for glass surfaces and has a longevity of 8-36 months. Shorter longevity is for glass surfaces in front of the ship subject to both mechanical and chemical deterioration. Glasstec is based on SAM™ technology.

For general daily maintenance GlaXon will be sufficient. GlaXon is a very versatile multi-surface cleaner excellent for application on glass and other hard surfaces.

G200 is a glass polish and cleaner and is used only prior to application of Glasstec for cleaning and preparation of the surface.

DC-100 Descaler & Water-spot Remover is used to remove mineral deposit on glass surface, which are not protected with Glasstec. It offers an exceptional performance, ease of use, speed and efficiency.

Benefits

Performance and synergy

Glass preservation offers the following advantages:

  • Creates a hydrophobic surface with a contact angle over 120° (Lotus effect)
  • Protects the glass against calcium, sodium and other mineral deposits
  • Protects the surface against mechanical damage caused by collision of salt and mineral particles in the air, which will significantly reduce repairs and replacement of certain glass surfaces.
  • Remarkably improves vision in the rain, (When applied on the bridge, the extreme hydrophobic surface will bead up rain so that there is no need for use of wipers in heavy rain)
  • Makes it easier to clear ice, snow, and even dirt and bugs
  • Reduces glare in the rain, especially at night

GlaXon:

  • Streak, smear and odor free
  • Does not contain any harmful components and is completely safe for environment, aquatic life, humans and animals
  • Can be used in food designated area
  • Spray and wipe application makes it very easy to use
  • Is safe for all material and surfaces
  • Failsafe: wrong applications (too much use, spills, etc.) will not cause damage or harm

Inventory, management, purchasing impact

A long list of different chemicals is available for glass cleaning. One of our client was purchasing more than 20 different cleaners manufactured for "wiping" glass, plant leaves, plastic, table tops, etc (i.e. Dymel 125, Eco San, Ecoshine, Glans, Leaftek, Liquid Shine, Lemon Shine, Liquid AG, Liquid Cream, Plexiglas Cleaner, See-thru, Windex, etc). They could consolidate all those products to only GlaXon, which provides a better cleaning performance. In addition, one product can be used on all hard and semi-hard surfaces without risk for confusion and faulty application.

Sustainability, Safety, Regulatory and Maritime Compliance

All of these products are:
  • Compliant with all international and municipal environmental regulations
  • Compliant with all current and upcoming Maritime requirements including MARPOL
  • Compliant with US NPDES
  • Safe for users
  • Readily biodegradable
  • Solvent free
  • Phosphate free
  • Nitrate free
  • Significantly reducing or eliminating VOC
  • Significantly reducing BOD and COD
None of these products contain
  • Ammonia
  • Alkyl or nonylphenols
  • Bleaches (chlorine)
  • Silicone
  • Teflon (PTFE) or other polymers
  • Phosphoric, glycolic, citric or any other organic/non-organic acids
  • Ethers, including glycol ether
  • Alkyl phenol ethoxylates
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phenols
  • Petroleum distillate
  • Citrus oil (d-Limonene)
  • Other toxic components

Cost effective

Any of DITEC products are going to be a more cost effective alternative than any other option in the market. Ounce per ounce, our products will show greater efficiency, perform better and last longer.

The following table* clearly shows the financial advantage and the reduction of the costs of maintenance by using Glasstecâ„¢. Only the direct cost** of material has been taken into calculations***.

Consumption
  • Longevity
  • Binding
  • Application
  • Coverage/application
  • Material Cost Sq m/year
  • Total Material Cost/year
Glasstec and GlaXon
  • 8 months
  • Molecular
  • 1.5 times/year
  • 52.5 Sq m
  • $1.40-1.60****
  • $11,200.00
RainX
  • 2 weeks
  • Overlay
  • 4 times/year
  • 5 Sq m
  • $3.08
  • $21,560.00
*
Calculation is based on 6500 square meters (70000 square feet) of glass.
**
Added financial savings and greater profitability created by less maintenance, reduced labor, reduced repair and replacements, management time, purchasing efforts, inventory reduction, better SOA, regulatory compliance, etc. have not been part of these calculations, and should be considered for an accurate evaluation.
***
Disclaimer: RainX is chosen for this comparison only due to general familiarity with the brand and only as an example for this calculation. Please replace the values with the brand, price and parameters that best match each specific company
****
All prices are calculated in USD. Use the provided tool to convert the cost to your preffered currency.