The adhesive smart films as PDLC films in industrial sectors are also famous as lamination smart films.,Lamination smart film is the three-dimensional structure of the adhesive smart film. We also call it a PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal) film. The production formula involves the composition of liquid crystal micro drops. We dispersed these drops in the polymer matrix. The functionality purpose hence of these films primarily is the controlling applications of light.

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These are famous in domestics as well as corporate sectors. This is because you can control these films electronically both for the scattering of light as well as penetration of light. Despite this reason, people still find themselves in a state of confusion between its two variants. One is the self-adhesive smart film and the other is the non-adhesive smart film. They furthermore are unaware of their nature of usage as well as their varying applications. Therefore, this article will help in understanding their difference in detail.

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Smart Adhesive Smart Film

The self-adhesive smart film is the most cost-effective and economical method of switchable film technology. It thereby is the simplest method of the two. The product carries a self-adhesive layer of cling material that allows the film to stick on one side. The installation method of this smart film works on the principle of peel and stick mechanism.

This is the reason that it becomes the most convenient way of converting to smart switchable film. Furthermore, the following application of smart films is feasible for both old and new glass windows. Eventually, it eliminates the use of any special equipment for its installation. These smart and self-adhesive smart films are famous for existing glass. It carries a protective film on both sides which is removable. Inside it, it carries a PDLC film along with a self-adhesive cling layer on one side.

Self-Adhesive Smart Glass for The Existing Glass Applications

The switchable self-adhesive smart film is most appreciated of the two for use on existing glass applications. This is because of the fact that it carries the EVA adhesive cling layer at one side. Therefore, it becomes very easy and convenient to simply peel and stick the film to the desired application. This eliminates the need for the installation of the new glass by changing the existing one. Furthermore, the installation procedure of the film is also very easy. This means that a user thereby can easily change the film by oneself.

Consequently, upon a single touch of an electronic button, you can change the status of the film. With a simple ON and OFF switch, the glass turn successfully turns transparent as well as opaque.


There are many features of the self-adhesive smart film. Amongst these features the most prominent of them are:

  • The self-adhesive PDLC smart films are customized in design, are non-standard in shapes as well as in dimensions.
  • They are additionally self-adhesive that makes them easy to fit into existing glass applications.
  • These smart films are the best solutions for convenient and controlled privacy protection.
  • The films are the perfect ways to part the fixed spaces wherever you want.
  • The self-adhesive smart films that comprise touch screen option readily becomes a family cinema.
  • Last but not least is the sustainable solution for environmental protection by blocking UV light. Furthermore, it helps in eliminating outside noise pollution.


In the self-adhesive smart film, the EVA lies on the rare side. This rare side contains the non-adhesive smart film. For this reason, hence it becomes easy to peel and stick the film to any existing glass application. Therefore, owing to this feature it becomes very convenient to switch to a transparent or opaque appearance.

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Eventually, self-adhesive smart films are widely in use for glass windows in varying applications. This includes the commercial and corporate sector, domestic or residential applications, hospitality industry and restaurants, monitoring centers, washrooms, etc. the primary reason for using these self-adhesive smart films is enjoying a more open space along with protective privacy.

Non-Adhesive Smart Film

The second variant amongst the PDLC is the non-adhesive smart film. It is also famous as smart PDLC switchable film technology. The difference between this variant and the previous one is the absence of a self-adhesive cling layer. This cling layer is thereby missing in the non-adhesive smart films. This film comprises only the two layers of the protective films on both sides. In between this layer thereby lies the PDLC film section. The non-adhesive smart film carries the two corresponding layers of conductive yet coating films as protective boundaries. The polymer dispersed liquid crystal eventually lies inside these two layers.

This non-adhesive PDLC film is also famous as a smart glass film or switchable glass film. There however are many names that we associate with it. Starting from Magic glass, PDLC glass, Privacy glass, electronic switch films, etc. Furthermore, for the purpose of lamination of the non-adhesive film, we require the EVA film lamination furnace setup. Without the furnace the lamination of these films is difficult. Nevertheless, as an alternative, you can switch to self-adhesive smart film or switchable smart glass. This is because these two products are finished glass products.

Non-Adhesive Smart Films for Laminated Glass Applications

On the contrary, to the self-adhesive smart film, lies the non-adhesive smart film. These films hence are famous for the laminated glass lamination. This is because of the reason that it contains two layers of transparent ITO conductive films that carry PDLC. The PDLC layer happens to lie in between these ITO conductive transparent films. Furthermore, the PDLC films are also famous as glass films, switchable smart films, and smart window films.

The non-adhesive smart film requires an EVA film lamination furnace. This furnace is feasible for laminating the non-adhesive smart film in between two layers of glass. For this reason, the primary customer of these smart films is the traders and manufacturers of decorative glasses.

However, after switching off the non-adhesive smart films, the PDLC film becomes vaporous. This happens because the liquid crystal molecules in PDLC films are disorderly arranged. This happens only after turning OFF the PDLC smart films. Conversely, when non-adhesive smart films turn on, the molecules that are nicely arranged, make the film perfectly transparent. This type of smart film is widely in use in laminated smart glass applications.


Like the self-adhesive smart film, the non-adhesive smart films carry several successive features. Below are the most prominent and useful features that include:

  • The non-adhesive smart films are also available in customized designs. These designs thereby are non-standard in shapes as well as in dimensions. This is because of the customer’s requirements.
  • Another feature or advantage of using non-adhesive smart films is the availability of the extended privacy production. This allows users key protection against peeping habits. Furthermore, it avails the intelligent control system for personal privacy.
  • The space partition is another feature of non-adhesive smart films. It helps in breaking the fixed workspaces into more flexible and extended spaces. This comes additionally with more advanced privacy.
  • The PDLC non-adhesive smart films are famous for laminated smart glass applications by providing safe protection. This protection is effective against the external impact that prevents any fragmentation of glass or splash upon breaking.

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