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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 Sign Assembly

Plaskolite sign-grade acrylic sheet and roll stock allows for easy sign assembly. The Plaskolite signage fabrication guide details how standard sign-assembly methods may be applied.

Attaching Acrylic to Sign Cabinets

Figure 24

Typical sign cabinets use aluminum extrusions to engage the edge of the acrylic sign face (See Fig. 24).

Figure 25

A hanger bar along the top edge of the acrylic should be used to correct any sagging or bowing of the sign face. This technique is commonly used in warmer climates and with large signs where it is necessary to prevent the weight of the sign from resting on the lower portion of the sign frame, reducing the possibility of sign deformation due to high temperature (See Fig. 25).

Figure 26

If mechanical fasteners must be used, allow room for expansion and contraction. A method of attachment to prevent acrylic sign faces from binding on the sign cabinet include a spacer, slightly taller than the thickness of the acrylic sheet and the sign cabinet combined, inserted through the oversized hole and slot (See Fig. 26).

Figure 27

Tie bars are typically used on large signs to prevent the acrylic pan from blowing in, out, or dislodging. They attach the sign face to the cabinet (See Fig. 27). Soft bumpers can also be used to minimize sign faces from flexing inward. Contact between the sign face and the bumper can cause friction, thereby damaging graphics. Both methods work best on signs decorated on the first surface.

Ventilation

Figure 28

To prevent sign face distortion caused by heat build up above the acrylic deflection temperature, cabinet ventilation should be incorporated. Consider additional vents when the sign face is decorated with dark paints or vinyl (See Fig. 28).

Cementing Trim Cap

Figure 29

Tack trim cap to acrylic with a water thin solvent such as Weld-On #3. Allow to dry, then apply a continuous bead of thickened polymerized cement such as Weld-On #16 (See Fig. 29).

 

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Plaskolite acrylic features superior impact resistance that outperforms other materials.

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