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DOING IT RIGHT SINCE 1950

The Plaskolite success story spans six decades. See how it all began.

1951

Plastic drinking straws gave us our first taste of success.

1952

Plaskolite introduces the "lifetime fly swatter," the must-have accessory for every front porch.

1954

As fluorescent lighting fixtures become popular, Plaskolite begins extruding prismatic patterned lenses.

1960

Remember the hula hoop craze? Plaskolite manufactured hula hoops in the early sixties.

1970

Plaskolite begins producing smooth acrylic sheets for storm doors and windows; it's much safer than plate glass.

1974

Plaskolite builds its first polymer plant, enabling us to produce our own pellets for sheet production.

1994

With the purchase of MIR-ACRYL, Plaskolite begins producing mirrored acrylic sheet; security mirrors; and hard-coated acrylic sheet products.

1996

Plaskolite acquires Continental Acrylics, a specialty polymers business.

1997

The acquisition of RAM PRODUCTS' flat sheet business enables Plaskolite to begin production of 19 acrylic mirror colors.

2000

In August, Plaskolite completes construction on a state-of-the-art 245,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Zanesville, Ohio.

2006

Plaskolite acquired Bunker Plastics, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate mirror; formed security and transportation mirror; and performance enhancement plastic coatings.

2007

Plaskolite acquires the continuously processed acrylic sheet division of Lucite International, including manufacturing plants in Olive Branch, Miss., and Monterrey, Mexico.

2012

Plaskolite acquires the North American VIVAK® line of PETG sheet from Bayer MaterialScience LLC.

2014

Plaskolite acquires the mirror sheet product line
from SPECCHIDEA s.r.l. of Torino, Italy.

Optix Properties

 

PhysicalTest methodUnitsOPTIX
Specific Gravity/Relative DensityASTM D-792ISO 11831.191.19
Optical Refractive IndexASTM D-542ISO 489/AnD1.491.49
Light Transmission -TotalASTM D-1003ISO 13468-1%%9292
Light Transmission - HazeASTM D-1003ISO 14782%%22
Sound TransmissionASTM E90 / E413db2727
Water AbsorptionASTM D-570ISO 62% By wt%0.40.4
ShrinkageASTM D-702%%<5<5
ChemicalTest methodUnitsOPTIX
Resistance to Stress - Critical Crazing Stress to: Isopropyl AlcoholARTC Modification of MIL-P6997psiMPa9006.2
Resistance to Stress - Critical Crazing Stress to: Lacquer ThinnerARTC Modification of MIL-P6997psiMPa5003.4
Resistance to Stress - Critical Crazing Stress to: TolueneARTC Modification of MIL-P6997psiMPa1,3009.0
Resistance to Stress - Critical Crazing Stress to: Solvesso 100ARTC Modification of MIL-P6997psiMPa1,60011.0
MechanicalTest methodUnitsOPTIX
Tensile StrengthASTM D-638ISO 527psiMPa11,03076
Tensile Elongation – Max.ASTM D-638ISO 527%%5.85.8
Tensile Modulus of ElasticityASTM D-638ISO 527psiMPa490,0003,378
Flexural StrengthASTM D-790ISO 178psiMPa17,000117
Flexural Modulus of ElasticityASTM D-790ISO 178psiMPa490,0003,378
Izod Impact Strength – Molded NotchASTM D-256ISO 180ft-lb/in NotchkJ/m0.421
Izod Impact Strength – Milled NotchASTM D-256ISO 180ft-lb/in NotchkJ/m0.2815
Tensile Impact StrengthASTM D-1822ft-lb/in2kJ/m22042
Abrasion Resistance - Change in Haze - 0 cyclesASTM D-1044ISO 9352Haze, %Haze, %00
Abrasion Resistance - Change in Haze - 10 cyclesASTM D-1044ISO 9352Haze, %Haze, %11.211.2
Abrasion Resistance - Change in Haze - 50 cyclesASTM D-1044ISO 9352Haze, %Haze, %2424
Abrasion Resistance - Change in Haze - 200 cyclesASTM D-1044ISO 9352Haze, %Haze, %24.924.9
Rockwell HardnessASTM D-785ISO 2039-2M-95M-95
ThermalTest methodUnitsOPTIX
Maximum Recommended Continuous Service Temperature°F°C170-19077-88
Softening Temperature°F°C210-22099-104
Melting Temperature°F°C300-315149-157
Melt Flow RateASTM D-1238g/10 min.g/10 min.1.51.5
Deflection Temperature 264 psi (1.8 MPa)ASTM D-648ISO 75-2/A°F°C20395
Deflection Temperature 66 psi (0.45 MPa)ASTM D-648°F°C20797
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion - 30 to 30°CASTM D-696ISO 11359in/(in-°F ) x 10-51/°C3.05.4 x 10-5
Thermal ConductivityASTM C-177BTU-ft/(hr-ft2-°F)W/mK0.0750.13
Flammability (Burning Rate)ASTM D-635In/minutecm/min1.0192.59
FlammabilityDIN 4102B2B2
Smoke Density RatingASTM D-2843%%3.43.4
Self-Ignition TemperatureASTM D-1929°F°C833445
Flame Spread IndexASTM E84UL 723115115
Smoke Developed IndexASTM E84UL 723550550

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