With over 30 years of experience, Emco Plastics is an industry-leading machine shop and distributor that offers our clients a variety of plastic products and components. Our ITAR-registered plastic cutting and fabrication services encompass a range of crucial aspects of the manufacturing process.
The Emco team offers vacuum, drape, and oven forming and performs laser cutting services according to project specifications. Our clients rely on our top-tier injection molding, extrusion welding, and finishing services to meet their project requirements. We also provide edge finishing, forming, polishing, and annealing.
We offer our customers a wide selection of polycarbonates. Single, twin, or multi wall sheets are available for construction applications. Our team offers both optical and machine-grade polycarbonate to cater to professionals in a range of industries. Glass-filled, mirror and static dissipative products are also available. Each variety of polycarbonate offers its own strengths and benefits; glass-filled products, for example, have increased tensile strength and stiffness. Thin gauge polycarbonate film is also available for a variety of applications.
The Benefits of Choosing Polycarbonate Sheets or Rods
Polycarbonate offers many benefits, depending on its intended use or application. For example, many of our clients utilize polycarbonate sheets and rods in projects that require excellent impact-resistance. The relative impact strength of polycarbonate products supersedes the impact strength of more commonly utilized plastics. It’s also ideal for applications that require transparency, but where glare may prove detrimental. Polycarbonate also has a U.V coating that helps filter UV rays.
It’s insulating properties and notable heat and flame-resistance render it the ideal choice for projects that involve high fire risk or excessive heat. Because the material is a thermoplastic, polycarbonate can easily be heated or cooled multiple times without experiencing the effects of degradation. Working temperatures range from as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit to upwards of 266 degrees Fahrenheit.
Polycarbonate Uses and Applications
Many aerospace experts rely on polycarbonate for a variety of components. The material is often utilized to create backlit instrument panels and protective wire and cable casings in airplanes. Its flame and impact-resistance render it one of the safest choices for these dangerous and high-heat applications. The material’s transparency also ensures that critical data can be read easily.
The agriculture industry uses polycarbonate in greenhouses and nurseries because of its transparency, impact resistance, UV-resistance, and weatherability. It’s one of the safest material choices for structures that need to withstand the outdoor elements, such as storms and other inclement weather.
Lighting and electronic applications also frequently employ polycarbonate for similar reasons. Its coating and impact resistance mitigate issues like scratches and other minor damage. The material’s exceptional impact-resistance is especially beneficial for extending the life of consumer products, such as cell phones and laptops.
Many surgical instruments, drug delivery systems, and other medical tools are made up of polycarbonate. This is thanks to its toughness and general reliability when it withstands frequent use. The transparency of the material also makes it ideal for eyeglasses.
Other industries that rely on polycarbonate for their products include:
· Food and beverage
Partnering with Emco Plastics
At Emco Plastics, our seasoned team is well-equipped at assisting clients with projects in a range of industries. We have the tools and capabilities to perform the job in a timely manner. Our staff is always ready and willing to help customers find the best material for their project.
We’re proud to offer polycarbonate products that are reliable, durable, and created to meet your unique requirements.
If you’re interested in partnering with us for your next plastic project, contact us or request a quote for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions about Polycarbonate
Is Makrolon® the same as Lexan®?
Makrolon® and Lexan® are both tradenames for polycarbonate resin and sheet. Makrolon® is the tradename used by Bayer and Sheffield Plastics for polycarbonate material and Lexan® is used by General Electric for their polycarbonate material.
How do I clean polycarbonate sheet?
The best way to clean polycarbonate sheet is using mild soap and water and a soft cloth, followed by a lukewarm water rinse.
What's the best product to use for glass replacement in full view doors that are constantly broken?
Because of the heavy traffic through business entrances, abrasion resistant polycarbonate is your best bet.
How do I bond two pieces of polycarbonate together?
Polycarbonate material can be bonded using several techniques including solvent bonding, adhesive bonding or mechanical fastening.
Polycarbonate seems pretty flexible - can I utilize that flexibility in my design?
That flexibility is an inherent property that is used in many building and industrial designs. Polycarbonate can be cold-bent or “flexed” 180 times its thickness. Make sure that once bent, the material is securely held in place with the framing material.
In need of polycarbonate machining or fabrication? One of our specialized plastics professionals can assist you with your next upcoming project! We can also reverse engineer a variety of different parts and materials.
Machine guards are most commonly used in all types of manufacturing and production environments. Polycarbonate is the most used material for machine guards, although PETG, Acrylic and Clear PVC are also used in certain applications.
PC-300™ Static Dissipative Polycarbonate is a plastic sheet product that controls static electricity for many applications, including windows, doors, mini-environment glazing panels, and machine guards, covers and enclosures.
An alloy formed with these two polymers produces a material with good chemical resistance as well as good heat and impact resistance. The PC contributes impact, stiffness and heat resistance, while the PBT contributes chemical resistance.
This amorphous thermoplastic is highly transparent to visible light – it rates highest among transparent, rigid thermoplastics – and has better light transmission characteristics than many kinds of glass.