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Wipingthewinterblues-andfrost-awayTuesdayApril7201517AUTOGUIDENORTHSTAR780-841-0080HIGHLEVEL780-928-2888LACRETECHRYSLER.DODGE.JEEP.RAMWHEREPEOPLEBECOMECUSTOMERSFORLIFEFORMOREINFORMATIONPLEASECALLNORTHSTARAT780841-0080.www.northstarchrysler.ca2010JEEPPATRIOT4X4LeatherSunroof64387KM2014DODGEDART5SpeedManualOnly68KMHUGESELECTIONOFNEWRVSTOCHOOSEFROM2011DODGEGRCARAVANStowGoRearSeatDVDPowerSeats84233KM2014RAM1500LIMITEDFullLoadLeatherSunroofRamBoxTonneauCover2500KM2013RAM2500LIMITEDFullLoadLeatherSunroofLevelingKitUpgradedWheelsTiresSteps6000KMLOOKINGFORWARDTOSEEINGYOUATTHEFORTSMITHTRADESHOWByDONJAQUEScrapingfrostfromcarwindowswillsoonbeathingofthepastaswillwindshieldrockchipsallNorthernerssufferfromourgravelroadsifasmallOntariocompanywithitsbrilliantnewfrost-repellingprod-ucthasitsway.Neverfrostisalmappliedtoautoglassthatpreventsfrostandsnowfromadher-ingeliminatingoneofthegreatchallengesofwinter.Itstartedoutasadesignprojectbyco-foundersKhanjanDesaiandChongShenstudentsintheUniversityofWaterlooengineeringfaculty.Thelmalsorevealeditsabilitytostrengthenglassandreducetheinltrationofthesunsrayskeepingvehiclescoolerinsummer.Onceallthatcametolighttheinventorsknewtheyhadawinnerontheirhands.Itstartedasafrostpreventiontechnol-ogybutthenwesawthecapabilityofpre-ventingrockchipsaswellDesaitoldTheJournal.Glassisbrittleandcanfracture.PuttingontheNeverfrostlmdissipatesshockreducingtheimpactofyingrocks.TheNeverfrostwebsiteclaimstheprod-uctwillAchieve95frostpreventionratePrevent91ofstonechipsProvide90solarinfraredreectionAllow88visiblelighttransmissionglassallows90lighttransmissionNeverfrostisacompletelytransparentlm.Itisappliedbyheat-shrinkingitintoplacelikeanystandardwindowlmbyin-stallerswhohavebeentrainedintheappli-cationtechniques.Oneapplicationlastsuptoveyears.InthefutureDesisaidtheyhopetomakeavailablepre-cutpre-shrunkttedlmthatanyonecanreadilyapplyontheirwindshield.Theproductismadeofproprietarymulti-layernano-compositessandwichedina100micrometrethicklmaccordingtotheNeverfrostwebsite.Lookupthemeaningofnano-compositesandmostpeoplewillnotunderstandthelengthyandcomplexexplana-tion.Sufcetosayitisagrowingeldwherenewbenecialmaterialsarebeingdeveloped.Neverfrosthasalreadycapturedtheat-tentionofthetruckingindustryandfleetvehiclesareanobviouscommercialtar-get.InadditiontomakinglifeeasierandsaferfordriversNeverfrosttechnologyhasabrightfuturepromisingbenefitsanywherefrostaccumulates.Applicationssuchasaircraftwingscommercialrefrig-eratorsandpowerlineshavebeenconsid-ered.Fornowitsmainusewillbeforve-hicleshowever.OnceNeverfrostcomesonthemarkettheoneswhowillbenefitmostwillalmostcertainlybeNorthern-ersmakingourlongwintersalittlebiteasiertomanage.