June 2011

Polycarbonate for Security and Safety

The Gallina 344 product is another example of polycarbonate used for security, privacy and noise reduction purposes. 

What plastic material makes for the best impact-resistant engineering material? What plastic material can even be bullet-proof when thick enough? None other than polycarbonate. This multi-wall material is lightweight, translucent, cost-effective and strong. It is an effective product in a wide variety of applications, from storm protection to operator protection. Learn more.

Register Now for the 2011 Plastics Expo!
It's time to register for the second annual IAPD Plastics Expo, in Baltimore, Md. on Thursday, Sept.15. The IAPD Plastics Expo is the only place where you can meet with the people who make, distribute, specify and purchase semi-finished plastic stock shapes and fabricated parts, as well as pipe, valves and fittings. While at the Expo, attend one of our education sessions, explore materials applications and enjoy some lunch on us.

For more information regarding show hours, a list of exhibitors and how you can register for free, visit the Plastics Expo home page.

Register today!


Inside this issue

Transparent Armor Glazing Solutions for Increased Protection
Technical Advisory
Sustainability: Did You Know ...

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Transparent Armor Glazing Solutions for Increased Protection

Armor laminates made of polycarbonate and glass deliver exceptional heat and impact resistance, energy absorption, lightweight and anti-spall properties. Laminated polycarbonate sheet grades, as well as glass-clad and glass-free polycarbonate laminates all act as examples of the tremendous role polycarbonate can play in security and safety. Learn more.

Technical Advisory

The insulating and other electrical characteristics of polycarbonate are almost unchanged by temperature and humidity conditions.

Polycarbonate resins are available in several special grades that provide specific properties including: flame-retardant formulations, grades that meet FDA regulations for parts used in food-contact and medical applications, structural-foam grade and more.
Polycarbonates are generally unaffected by greases, oils and acids. Grades with improved chemical resistance are available and special coating systems can be applied to provide additional chemical protection.

Sustainability of Plastic: Did You Know…

From the construction of new homes to the retrofit and renovation of commercial buildings, architects and designers rely on plastics to help maximize energy efficiency, durability and performance.

Roofing: Reflective light-colored roofing membranes made of vinyl or thermoplastic olefin (TPO) blends are key energy saving applications especially for commercial buildings in southern climates.

Insulation: Whether it is spray polyurethane foam (SPF) in the attic or rigid foam polyiso board on the roof, polyurethane based systems offer durability, energy savings and moisture control.
Plastic House Wrap: The advent of plastic house wrap technology has reduced the infiltration of outside air into the average home by 10-50 percent.

More Plastics Resources

Introduction to Plastics, 11th Edition
Just released! The new edition of IAPD’s Introduction to Plastics is an indispensible reference manual for learning about plastics, their properties, how they're made and their applications. It includes the latest versions of the IAPD Plastics Properties Tables and IAPD Plastics Rectangle, excellent tools for selecting the right plastic materials for a project. Order your copy today.

Get to Know Your Distributor
IAPD distributors are your best source for finding materials for your application. Go to www.iapd.org to find a distributor in your area. You can search by company name, location or product category.

The IAPD Magazine
This bi-monthly magazine contains expert-written articles on innovative plastic materials and applications. Each issue focuses on different materials and industries. Subscribe today to stay informed of what’s going on in the plastics distribution market.

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