PPG: inorganic composite binder panels

PPG Industries“ announced that its its fiberglass business has expanded its portfolio of solutions for blast and ballistics applications with the introduction of Mil-Tough inorganic composite binder …

PPG Industries“ announced that its its fiberglass business has expanded its portfolio of solutions for blast and ballistics applications with the introduction of Mil-Tough inorganic composite binder panels for physical asset protection. According to the company, these precast, fiberglass-reinforced ICB panels enhance blast and ballistics resistance in thinner, lighter forms compared to traditional steel-reinforced concrete systems. Mil-Tough ICB panels also offer improved temperature and fire resistance than other materials typically used in security applications, says Kevin Richardson, market development manager at PPG Fiber Glass. Mil-Tough ICB panels can be custom manufactured as per client-defined threat level, and can also be incorporated into both modular systems for rapid force protection or permanent structures, providing an interconnecting infrastructure to support use in multi- and single-level buildings as well as freestanding perimeter wall systems. “Mil-Tough 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,” adding that extensive testing has proven that Mil-Tough panels protect reliably against various blast threat levels of the National Institute of Justice ballistics and Government Services Administration. PPG will initially produce Mil-Tough ICB panels at its US facility in Shelby, North Carolina.