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Acrylic (Polymethyl-Methacrylate or PMMA) is an amorphous thermoplastic which is optically transparent. unaffected by moisture. and offers a high strength-to-weight ratio. Common trade names of acrylic include Plexiglas®, Lucite®, and Acrylite®.

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Acrylic is one of the most popular plastic materials used today to machine and fabricate plastic components in various applications. It's present in almost all industries due to its many advantages over other materials. At Emco Industrial Plastics, we can create high-quality plastic components using this versatile material while following your specifications and requirements.

Our in-house facility is equipped with cutting-edge technology, improving our capabilities to deliver consistent results. We aim to refine our services to provide the latest innovations without compromising quality or precision. Furthermore, we can customize our services to meet the individual needs of our customers.

Acrylic (Polymethyl-Methacrylate or PMMA) is a transparent plastic material known for its outstanding strength and durability. It's has excellent optical clarity with superior weathering properties compared to other translucent plastics.

Acrylic is lightweight yet strong and durable. It provides excellent insulation properties. Most importantly, acrylic is easy to machine and fabricate. It can be cut, drilled, bent, formed, glued - even easily cast into intricate shapes.

Due to its versatility, acrylic sheets are easy to thermoform and can quickly bond with adhesives and solvents. This plastic material is also available in various colors, thicknesses, and sizes, making it ideal for creating custom designs and shapes for different purposes.

Main features of acrylic:

  • Great strength-to-weight ratio

  • Strong and stiff

  • Optically clear

  • Easy to fabricate, machine, and thermoform

  • Excellent dimensional stability

  • Available in a variety of colors and thicknesses 

Due to these properties and features, acrylic is often used for numerous utilizations. They have glass-like qualities regarding transparency and brilliance, but they're usually more impact resistant compared to glass. Overall, they're a great source of aesthetic appeal and can enhance the look of any space while offering incredible durability and toughness.

Due to these properties and features, acrylic is often used for numerous utilizations. They have glass-like qualities regarding transparency and brilliance, but they're usually more impact resistant compared to glass. Overall, they're a great source of aesthetic appeal and can enhance the look of any space while offering incredible durability and toughness.

Common Applications of Acrylic

Since this plastic material is well-known for its beautiful properties, it's commonly chosen as a main component in different applications where glass and other alternatives are not applicable.

Some of the most common applications include the following:

  • Signage and displays: Acrylic is the main element in producing signages and displays. Since it's made available in a wide range of colors, it's the ideal impact-resistant and rigid plastic material that can be used to construct large, intricate signs and displays.

  • Lighting fixtures: Many lighting fixtures can be made with acrylic due to their transparency and clarity. It is also ideal for customizing the look and feel of virtually any interior space.

  • POP displays: Brand leaders opt for acrylic POP displays for their strength and long-lasting performance. It can also be used many times, which is a potential cost-saving advantage.

  • Transparent manifolds: Some manifolds have to be see-through due to operating requirements. Acrylic is the perfect material for this application since it can be machined into complex shapes while maintaining transparency and strength.

  • Shelving: Acrylic shelving produces a sophisticated style, especially for retail stores and restaurants. It's also easy to clean, making it ideal for such applications.

These are only a small sample of what acrylic can be utilized for. There are many other applications where this versatile plastic material can be employed while maximizing its potential. Fortunately, Emco Industrial Plastics is ready to provide you with the plastic components needed to produce the objects mentioned above and other products.

Industries that Rely on Quality Acrylic Materials

Multiple industries are using acrylic because it’s cost-effective and can be used in almost anything. This versatility has become one of the most sought-after plastic materials. Fortunately, it's also easy to source and an alternative to polycarbonate in instances where material strength is not of great importance.

Here are some of the industries that rely on high-quality acrylic materials:

  • Aerospace: Seats, bulkheads, panels, and other aircraft components are made with acrylic since they can be bent and formed according to the need of the project. It can also meet the stringent requirements and standards of the industry.

  • Automotive: Varying parts, housings, and other items can be engineered using acrylic as the main component. Since it can be customized without disrupting its main properties, this material has become a popular alternative for many automotive projects.

  • Construction: Acrylic can be used to create durable and aesthetic components for commercial building projects, including skylights, lighting panels, and more. It also offers uniformity, making it an ideal option for any construction and building application.

  • Medical: Medical components, parts of medical devices, fabricated plastic pieces, and medical trays are some applications where acrylic is the common denominator that refines the medical and healthcare environment. Since it can be made available in various grades and textures, acrylic can withstand the rigorous and demanding environments that the medical setting is known for.

Different Types of Acrylic Products Available

We understand that our customers utilize acrylic for their projects, so we provide a wide range of machinable acrylic forms that are easy to transform into a finished product.

We offer the following types of acrylic products:

  • Acrylic Sheets: Our transparent acrylic sheets can be used in many ways, such as for home improvements, glass cabinets, wall shelves, picture frames, furniture, cabinets, tables, and more. These can also be used as acrylic mirrors for public use and acrylic blanks for crafting purposes.

  • Acrylic Panels: Panels are widely utilized for windows or wall partitions. It's also used in vehicles as windshields or mirrors. Lighting panels with reduced glare are also available for LED and fluorescent light diffusion.

  • Acrylic Rods & Tubes: Tubes and rods are used as sign holders, interior objects, model making, and more. These are not prone to warping, cracking, or corroding, even when exposed to outside environments for a long time.

Keep in mind that these are available in multiple diameters and thicknesses. They're also available in either standard size or cut-to-size, depending on your needs and requirements. They're machined to refine their properties, such as tubes with better impact resistance than glass and rods with tight tolerances. They're also manufactured through extrusion, casting, and continuous casting processes.

Providing You with Excellent Plastic Materials

We're committed to providing our customers with solutions that will ensure their project's success. We utilize different manufacturing capabilities using state-of-the-art technology to deliver second-to-none outcomes. 

In addition, we're knowledgeable in the entire manufacturing process and offer helpful insights to create a unique plastic material that is tailor-fit to meet your requirements. We understand that not all our customers have the exact specifications for their unique application or project requirements. 

We welcome customer-specified conditions as needed. With the help of CNC machining, plastic welding, bonding, and other ancillary processes, we can deliver the products they're looking for with zero errors and defects.

Trust Emco Industrial Plastics to Fulfill Your Plastic Needs

We're leaders in providing innovative products and plastic components for a wide range of specialized applications, which numerous industries rely on. We're proud to be a go-to source for many brand leaders regarding high-quality acrylic products and other well-known plastic materials.

We guarantee that our products will meet your needs and expectations while delivering value-for-money solutions to ensure long-term partnerships. If you have any questions about our services and products, feel free to contact us today. 

Speak with one of our team members, and get a free competitive quote within your budget.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Types of Acrylic

Acrylic Machining & Fabricating

Acrylic is a rigid, strong material that is available in copolymer and homopolymer compounds. Its properties include low moisture absorption, good chemical resistance and good dimensional stability

Acrylic Machining & Fabricating
Acrylic Sheet

Emco Plastics is your source for a large selection of acrylic sheet. We offer thicknesses ranging from .030″ to 6.” Our wide selection of acrylic sheet includes clear acrylic sheet, colored acrylic sheet, opaque acrylic sheet, translucent acrylic sheet, transparent acrylic sheet, fluorescent acrylic sheet, acrylic mirror sheet, acrylic textured surface pattern sheet, and acrylic abrasion resistant sheeting. Sheets are available in cast, continuous cast, and extruded.

Acrylic Sheet
Acrylic Rod

Emco Plastics offers a wide selection of cast and extruded acrylic rod. Cast Acrylic Rods are available in diameters ranging from 1/4″ to 12″ for clear and 1/2″ to 3″ in colors. Tight tolerances and highly polished, these rods are available in standard lengths or cut to size. Cast acrylic rods are used in many applications in place of extruded or molded acrylic because of its better machining properties, greater clarity, better resistance to heat distortion, and higher tensile strength. Cast acrylic rod meets ASTM D5436, certified for food contact FDA CFR 21 177.1010 UL approved 94HB.

Extruded Rods are available in diameters ranging from 1/16″ to 7.874″. Extruded acrylic rods are used for decorative use or for manufacturing in production of high quality clear acrylic products. It will not warp, crack, craze, or corrode when subjected to prolonged exposure outdoors. It meets FDA standards and is UV stabilized. It has a forming temp of 350° F. Max continuous temp of 180°F.

Acrylic Rod
Acrylic Tube

Cast Acrylic Tubes are available with outside diameters ranging from 1.250″ to 96″. Wall thicknesses ranging from 1.250″ O.D. to 1.875 O.D. with .125, .187, or .250 wall. 2″ to 27.625″ diameter with .125, .187, .250, .375, or .500 wall. 32.5″ to 96″ diameter with .250, .375, .500, .750, 1.00 wall. Cast acrylic tubes weigh half as much as glass and have greater impact resistance than glass. These tubes meet ASTM 5436, certified FDA CFR 21 177.1010, UL approved 94 HB.

Extruded Acrylic Tubes are available with outside diameters ranging from 1/4″ to 14″ and inside diameters ranging from 1/8″ to 13 3/4″. These economical acrylic tubes are excellent for use in POP Displays and other decorative uses. Extruded acrylic tubes can be used in a number of applications such as displays, aquarium tanks, arts & crafts, and much much more. Extruded tubing is inexpensive and easy to work with but it cannot be machined. If you need exact tolerances, cast acrylic tube is the better option.

Acrylic Tube
Acrylic Edge Finishing

Acrylic edge finishing & polishing services by Emco Plastics are thorough and offered in various forms. Request a quote today!

Acrylic Edge Finishing
Acrylic Lighting Panels

With great light transmission plus UV resistance, acrylic lighting panels are the industry touchstone for LED and fluorescent light diffusion. Break resistant yet easy to cut-to-size, acrylic lighting panels reduce glare, provide pinpoint brightness and enhance visual comfort.

Acrylic Lighting Panels
Aerospace Grade Acrylic

Aerospace Cast Acrylic Products are ideal for aircraft cabin windows, fighter canopies, windscreens, wing-tip lenses, outer laminates and instrument panels for general aviation and military aircraft. These products meet US Military Specifications MIL-P-5425, MIL-P-8184, and MIL-P-25690 to the United States aerospace industry. Aerospace products come in a range of sizes, thicknesses, and colors.

Aerospace Grade Acrylic
UV Filtering Acrylic

UV filtering sheet products offer museum quality UV protection, and the beautiful clarity of the finest picture frame glazing, without the heaviness or breakability. It is a safer alternative at half the weight of glass, many times more resistant to impact, easier to handle, and more economical to ship.

UV Filtering Acrylic
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