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Mega Rack Safety Glazing Fast Facts
  • State-of-the-art, fully automated test equipment with an on-site calibration laboratory.
  • Customized test procedures for prototyping and specific industry or application requirements.
  • Approved by all major industry certification programs including AAMA and SGCC.
  • Accredited by International Accreditation Services (IAS) to ISO 17025.
  • More than 25 years of safety glazing testing experience.
  • Test more than 3,000 samples of safety glazing units per year.


Standards worldwide call for the use of safety glazing to reduce or eliminate serious injury or death when glazing material is broken by human contact. Architectural Testing provides glass suppliers and manufacturers in both the architectural and automotive markets with the means to test their glass in accordance with current recognized industry standards.

Safety glazing is evaluated by testing tempered glass for breakage or fragmentation size and laminated or organic-coated glass for penetration and film or interlayer degradation. Test samples are placed into an impact frame, and a 100-pound bag strikes the glass, simulating the energy that a person impacting the glass would generate.


As part of Architectural Testing's commitment to providing the most comprehensive testing in the marketplace, we constantly strive to develop new and innovative tests, giving our clients the ability to improve their products. For example, we are currently updating all of our safety glazing operations across the nation with state-of-the-art equipment.

Architectural Testing has modernized safety glazing testing by developing an automated impact system that doubles the number of tests performed daily. In addition, the automated system allows for quick changeovers when testing differently-sized products. Our automated system in Pennsylvania alone allows for testing more than 3,000 samples of glass per year. For our clients’ convenience, Architectural Testing performs safety glazing testing at laboratories in Pennsylvania, California, Minnesota, Washington, Texas, and Florida.

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Safety glazing testing is performed according to the following test standards:

  • ANSI Z97.1
  • CPSC 16 CFR 1201
  • CAN/CGSB-12.1-M90 (Canadian)
  • CAN/CGSB 12.11-M90 (wired – Canadian)
  • BS 6206 (British)
  • EN 12600 (European)
  • ANSI Z26.1 (Automotive)
  • ASTM C 1279 (Surface Stress)
  • ASTM C 1036 (Annealed Glass)
  • ASTM C 1048 (Tempered Glass)
  • ASTM C 1172 (Laminated Glass)
  • ASTM C 1651 (Roller Wave Distortion)
  • ASTM C 1652 (Optical Distortion in Flat Glass)

Architectural Testing also performs the following specialty testing:

  • ABYC H3 (Marine Safety Glazing)
  • FRA and AAR Testing (Railroad)
  • Pummel testing for laminated glass
  • UL752 bullet resistance
  • UL972 burglary resistance
  • Witness testing at client’s facility
  • Bent glass testing
  • Glass guardrail testing

Safety Glazing Links

CPSC 16 CFR 1201 Regulation

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