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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.

Signage Acrylic Selection

Plaskolite offers sign-grade acrylic sheet in a variety of thickneses, sizes and impact resistance. Plaskolite customer service and the Plaskolite signage fabrication guide will help determine proper ordering and selection.

Sheet Thickness

Figure 23

Determining proper sheet thickness is based on the long dimension of the sign and the specified maximum wind load in pounds per square feet (PSF) (See Fig. 23). The sign is required to meet a specified wind load determined by building codes of your area.

Uniform Load Approximate Wind Velocity
20 PSF 75 MPH
30 PSF 90 MPH
40 PSF 100 MPH
50 PSF 130 MPH

Sheet Size

Contraction and expansion allowances must be taken into consideration when fabricating signs for outdoor applications. Plaskolite’s sign grade acrylic must be allowed to move freely within a sign’s channels to prevent bowing or dislodging. The coefficient of linear expansion is 0.00004-°F, or .000072-°C

Calculate expansion by taking: Measurement between channels (inches) X (maximum sign temperature* (°F) - room temperature (°F)) X 0.00004.

Calculate contraction by taking: Measurement between channels (inches) X (room temperature (°F) - minimum temperature (°F)) X 0.00004.

A simple calculation is to allow 1/16" per linear foot for expansion and contraction.

Note: * Maximum sign temperature must remain below acrylic deflection temperature.

Impact Resistance

Plaskolite's sign grade acrylic sheet can be obtained with a choice of impact resistance. From OPTIX SG, a general purpose acrylic, to DURAPLEX SG10 that incorporates the most modifier, Plaskolite acrylic sheet can meet the requirements to minimize potential breakage.

 

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