Rhyno Windshield Cutter
CUTS OUT A WINDSHIELD IN UNDER A MINUTE
The RHYNO Windshield Cutter is a unique extrication tool used to rapidly remove vehicle glass to gain access to injured occupants.
Windshield, passenger and rear windows can be removed in under 1 minute for quick access to patients or for further rescue operations.
Laminated glass is a type of safety glass which utilizes two or more regular or specially strengthened glass sheets bonded together with a special plastic interlayer to form a clear, see-through barrier with enhanced impact and shatter resistance. Polyvinyl butyral (PVB) plastic is commonly used as the interlayer which enhances the glass further by increasing sound insulation and blocking nearly 99% of ultraviolet radiation. The interlayer maintains the layers of glass bonded even when broken, and the relative high strength of the interlayer prevents the glass from breaking up into large sharp pieces. This produces a characteristic “spider web” cracking pattern when the impact is not enough to completely pierce the laminated glass. Laminated glass is normally used when there is a possibility of human impact or where the glass could fall if shattered. Laminated glass is standard in automobile windshields and is routinely used in building curtain walls (a non-structural outer covering of a building), skylights, and prisons. More recently, laminated glass is used for blast and hurricane protection for windows.
Automobile windshields are a clear, see-through wind barrier which provides impact resistance from insects, road debris, vandalism, etc., as well as roof crush resistance, airbag support, and resistance to occupant ejection. Windshields can become damaged during normal use and during vehicle crashes. When windshields fracture, the glass fragments are contained and occupant injury risk is minimized. Rear windows of automobiles are also constructed of glass laminates, as are about 10-30% of all passenger windows. By 2018, all vehicle windows will be required by United States Federal Regulations to be laminated.
There are three main reasons for cutting laminated glass: 1) motor vehicle emergencies, 2) vehicle window replacement, and 3) building window replacement.