RV windshield replacement system is Washington company’s niche

WASHINGTON — If all goes well, ZG3 Technology soon will be in operation far beyond Washington.

“We’re talking with a domestic manufacturer of format glass about distributing our technology nationwide,” said ZGlass co-owner Doug Rasmussen.

ZGlass, an auto glass repair and replacement business located at 1218 Independence Court in Washington, is home to the patented ZG3 Technology, which turns the labor-intensive job of replacing the heavy windshield on a recreational vehicle into a much more manageable task.

“It normally takes four to five people to replace the windshield on an RV,” Rasmussen said. “Theoretically, we could do it with one person with our technology. But we do it with two people.”

ZG3 Technology is a system of specialized suction cups, pulleys, cables and remote controlled motors that allows two people to safely and precisely maneuver hundreds of pounds of awkwardly shaped glass with minimal strain.

“The technology started out as a prototype to see what we could do, and it turned into our company’s niche,” Rasmussen said.

Windshield replacement on an RV presents challenges that typically require a handful of people to manually solve. A sheet of safety glass can be 9 feet wide and up to 6 feet tall, and weigh up to 400 pounds.

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