THE ORIGINAL INVENTOR OF WINDSHIELD CRACK REPAIR
ABOUT ULTRA BOND AND THE FOUNDER
Ultra Bond researches, manufacturers and markets a full line of windshield repair processes and products to independent windshield repair shops around the world. Established in 1989, Ultra Bond is a proven leader in the windshield repair industry.
In 1986, Richard Campfield "broke" into the young windshield repair industry when he started a windshield repair business.
In the late 1980's, long crack repair was not recommended by any windshield repair manufacturer. However, Campfield saw the tremendous opportunity for growth in the area of long crack repair. Bucking industry experts, he applied his knowledge of adhesive chemistry to develop new solutions for long crack repair. After personally performing thousands of windshield repairs, he developed a long crack repair solution that has since become the industry standard. Campfield has been granted 20 windshield repair patents.
Campfield founded Ultra Bond in 1989. Campfield directs research and development of new windshield repair products and still owns and operates a retail auto glass business in both Northeastern Pennsylvania and Grand Junction Colorado which serves as their corporate research facility. They do repairs of stone breaks and long cracks as well as windshield replacements every day. "We believe in order to lead our dealers to success, we must do it ourselves." says Campfield.
In 1994 the windshield repair industry came under attack through the National Glass Association with a committee of windshield manufacturers, PVB manufacturers - DuPont and Monsanto, Safelite and other large auto glass companies. It was Campfield who stepped up and organized the industry in a matter of months by founding Windshield Repair Magazine, initiating and founded the National Windshield Repair Association with David Taylor and met with the heads of the DMVs to write The United States Windshield Repair Guidelines, all while the competitors stood by and watched. When the insurance industry and windshield manufacturers violated antitrust laws through their use of Third Party Administrators and consumer protection laws it was Campfield who filed lawsuit(s) on behave of consumers, himself and the windshield repair industry. Today Campfield is still the one that works to protect the legal rights of windshield repair technicians. He is the current president of the National Windshield Repair Association.
WINDSHIELD REPAIR BUSINESS & PRODUCTS
After years of repairing cracked windshields he noticed that over 90% of the long cracks he repaired were originating off the perimeter edge of the windshield with an impact point always within the first two inches of the edge and almost always on the black Frit area. So he and a licensee developed a protective coating to prevent windshields from edge cracking. They named the process Edgeguard.
Edgeguard is a clear "protective shield" that is installed on the outside edge of a windshield. The transparent Edgeguard material acts as a rock deflector, repelling flying rocks that hit the edge of the windshield thus preventing cracks from starting near the edge of your windshield. See the Edgeguard web site at www.edgeguard.com
Edgeguard is a companion product to Ultra Bond. These two products are ideally matched because Edgeguard is the only proven method for preventing windshield cracks, while Ultra Bond is the only reliable, long-lasting method for repairing windshield cracks.
What's special about this product? Edgeguard is the only crack resistant windshield! A survey of over 10,000 car owners indicated that 80% of windshield replacements are caused by edge cracks. The impact point that causes edge cracks is less than two inches from the edge over 90% of the time. So, if you can prevent edge cracks, you can avoid windshield replacement. Edgeguard technology and materials are patented.
Auto glass repair shops frequently offer both Ultra Bond and Edgeguard. There are hundreds of dealers located throughout the world.
WINDSHIELD CRACK REPAIR PATENTS
HOW PATENTS ARE AWARDED
The United States Patent Office grants patents for discoveries and inventions that have not previously existed. If they so desire the owner or grantee of a patent may then license other persons to operate within the scope of that patent. Glass Repair Patents Along these lines, Ultra BOND has been granted patents covering methods of repairing long cracks, tools and the chemical viscosities utilized. And through the business opportunities presented on this web site Ultra BOND licenses individuals access to these patented methods, tools and materials. Our patent numbers are:
|Patent # 5,116,441||Patent # 5,860,689|
|Patent # B1 5,116,441||Patent # 5,589,018|
|Patent # 5,425,827||Patent # 332,380|
|Patent # 5,429,692||Patent # 336,227|
|Patent # 5,512,116||Patent # 337,929|
|Patent # 5,614,046||Patent # 350,684|
|Patent # 5,653,497|
Ultra BOND's Edge Prior to these long crack patents, the windshield repair industry did not fix long cracks (over six inches) because the stress was too much for the resin to withstand. The truth was they could not fix any crack regardless of length. Attempts to repair cracks, especially edge cracks failed. In fact, for 18 years the industry used low viscosity resin (10-100 cps) and advised technicians not to repair cracks which exceeded six inches in length. Richard Campfield, president of Ultra BOND, solved this limitation by his discovery that superior high viscosity resins used in a multi-viscosity method would provide reliable, long-lasting long crack repairs. His discoveries have revolutionized windshield repair, making long crack repair the hottest commodity in the industry.
REVOLUTIONARY WINDSHIELD REPAIR
Richard Campfield, president of Ultra Bond, discovered that superior high viscosity resins used in a mutl-viscosity method would provide reliable, long-lasting windshield crack repairs.
DOING IT THE WRONG WAY OR DOING IT THE PATENTED WAY
In order for the industry to prosper and for all to benefit, windshield crack repair must be done properly. Becoming a licensed Ultra Bond technician using high strength, high viscosity structural adhesives is the right way. The patented way.
90% OF ALL CRACKS RUN TO THE EDGE OF THE WINDSHIELD
The edges of the windshield are under high stress and the gap of the crack is the widest there because the windshield has two defects on the edge, residual stress in the glass and induced stress from the installation. Ultra Bond solved the long crack problem by using high strength structural adhesive resins in the edge area.
The point, however, is tight with almost no gap, so a low viscosity adhesive must be used there. Patent #5,116,441 covers the use of more than one viscosity of resin in the same crack. We have a page providing a more detailed discussion of how Patent #5,116,441 works here. Resin field test in long crack repair – Tests prove viscosity is the dominating and controlling property in long crack repair.
USE OF MORE THAN ONE VISCOSITY OF RESIN
The highest viscosity that can fit in the point is usually 20-100 cps. This is injected at the small drilled bullseye to flow into the point of the crack. Resin used in the rest of the crack must be over 150 cps in order to hold and not deteriorate (see table). The high viscosity resin is injected along the open-surface portion. Without the patents, the same resin used in the point must be used in the entire crack. This would result in deterioration. As the developer and patent holder, Ultra BOND is the only company that can offer high viscosity long crack resins which are required for quality, long-lasting repairs.
ULTRA BOND CRACK RESINS ARE 400 CPS, 800 CPS, 1600 CPS, 2400 CPS AND 3600 CPS.
PATENT #5,429,692 AND #5,425,827
- The long crack patents permit you to use more than one viscosity and resin higher than 150cps in a long crack.
- With the long crack patents and the high viscosity resins, your cracks will not deteriorate.
- With the long crack patents, you'll be taking your repairs and your business to greater lengths.
This website has a great deal of technical information that you will need to know and understand to become a windshield repair or Edgeguard technician. If there is anything you have questions on or do not thoroughly understand, please print the page and call us so we can review it with you.