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Vacuum Cup Lesson 101

Occasionally we receive questions regarding the differences between suction cups and vacuum cups. The best way to secure mounts with vacuum cups to the glass.

Cup-shaped devices called suction cups, usually made of rubber, silicone, or other flexible compounds, that use negative fluid pressure of air or water to adhere to nonporous surfaces and in the process create a partial vacuum.[1] They are inexpensive and available in a variety of configurations. Suction cups require pressure to adhere to any given surface and the larger the cup the more pressure required for a secure mount in most cases.

Suction cups work well for attaching small lightweight parts like inspection mirrors, compact UV lights or other small parts that do not have a lot of back pressure against them.

Vacuum cups are also typically made of rubber, silicone, or other flexible compounds, but unlike suction cups, feature a lever, button, or pump that pulls the center of the cup up away from the glass, thereby creating a vacuum that holds the outer edges of the cup securely to the mounting surface. A vacuum cup is generally flatter, allowing more surface area to contact the glass, thus providing a more secure attachment with very little downward pressure regardless of the cup size. Attached properly, vacuum cups are also typically far more rigid than suction cups.

Vacuum cups vs suction cups

Vacuum cups are preferable over suction cups for attaching glass repair holding devices (bridges) to a broken windshield for several reasons:

  1. Less pressure is required to attach a vacuum cup securely to the glass. Significantly minimizing the chance of causing a crack to run.
  2. The rigid mount holds the injector firmly in place against the glass. Greatly reducing end seal leaks, and again, requires less pressure against the glass to minimize the chance of a crack out.
  3. A properly mounted vacuum cup is far less likely to “come loose” and fall off the glass. Minimizing the potential damage to equipment and to the customer’s vehicle. Bridges have back pressure against the injector and the leveling screw(s) so maximum holding power is necessary.
  4. A small vacuum cup has far more holding strength than a suction cup several times as large. It is therefore easier to carry, store and use.

Delta Kits uses high-quality vacuum cups on all mounts and bridges.  Ensuring a stronger and more reliable adherence to the glass. Many Delta Kits UV lights feature factory mounted suction cups for cost-effectiveness and convenience. Versatile vacuum cup mounts are available and adaptable to all Delta Kits UV lights.

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Training and Tradeshows

This windshield repair training is a hands-on, intensive, one day course designed to take your repair quality to the next level. Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned pro, this class is right for you!

Our team of experienced technicians are dedicated to offering the highest standard of training in the windshield repair industry. During the Delta Kits Training and Certification course, technicians are trained to follow ROLAGS (Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standards), the industries best practices. Delta Kits Training and Certification covers all technical aspects of windshield repair and will take you from never having completed a repair, to being among the best technicians in the industry. The marketing and insurance billing discussion is designed to help you become more successful in your windshield repair business.

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Brent:
Brent Deines was originally trained by a Novus Methodman in 1987 and is NWRA certified. He has extensive experience repairing windshields and restoring headlights in a variety of climates and conditions. Deines has owned several auto glass repair and replacement businesses in Montana and Oregon and is currently the President and CEO of Delta Kits where he helped develop the company’s headlight restoration program and started the company’s windshield repair training and certification program in 1995.

Korey:
Korey Gobin, Delta Kits sales manager, is NWRA certified and has been training individuals as well as large groups in the art of professional windshield repair and headlight restoration since 2008. Gobin is actively involved in the Repair of Laminated Automotive Glass Standard and in 2011 was awarded the Mobile Tech Windshield Repair Person of the Year. Korey serves on the ROLAGS committee and has traveled extensively throughout the USA, Canada, and Mexico to promote high quality standards for windshield repair and headlight restoration. He is affectionately known by his customers as the “Go to Guy” for windshield repair.

Bruce:
Bruce McDonald is the lead trainer at Delta Kits since 2009 and is NWRA certified. He was instrumental in developing the company’s current training and certification program. McDonald is constantly experimenting with a variety of tools and methods to keep his skills honed and uses his expertise to help new technicians become experts and achieve a higher level of quality. McDonald has trained over 600 windshield repair and headlight restoration technicians.

Graham:
Graham Watson, is one of the original Novus Technicians in the UK since 1988 and since then has been running a very successful windscreen repair service in the UK. In 2008 Graham was named Windshield Repair Person of the year at the Mobile Tech Expo, an award he is very proud of as it is voted for by his peers in the trade. For the past 10 years, Watson has been active training technicians for the repair industry and specializes in advanced training for techs with previous experience, during this time he has been lucky enough to work with people from many different countries. His passion for helping others carry out the best quality repairs possible shows in the time he spends offering advice on different trade forums as Screenman.