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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.

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DURAPLEX Impact Modified Acrylic

DURAPLEX continuously-processed, impact-modified acrylic sheet is up to 30 times stronger than double-strength window glass and 50 times stronger than polished wire glass or other glasses, making it an excellent choice for displays, skylights, signage and replacement windows. DURAPLEX is available in custom impact blends and a range of thicknesses, widths, colors and patterns and in flat sheets or roll stock.

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Roll Stock Acrylic

OPTIX SG Acrylic, DURAPLEX SG05 and SG10 are available in roll stock for the Sign market. Roll Stock allows for better total sheet usage, less seams and joints in finished signs, and provides better inventory space utilization.

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SG Acrylic

For signage, point-of-purchase displays and skylights, OPTIX SG acrylic sheet provides excellent forming characteristics with detailed vacuum definition, high optical clarity and superb weatherability. Plaskolite stocks OPTIX SG in various thicknesses, sheet sizes and colors. For increased durability, DURAPLEX SG05 - medium impact modified acrylic and DURAPLEX SG10 - high impact modified acrylic are also available.

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DURAPLEX® Impact-Resistant Acrylic Sheet | Plaskolite

Providing superior impact resistance, Plaskolite DURAPLEX acrylic sheet is the clear choice for ultimate durability. DURAPLEX is a continuously processed acrylic sheet that is up to 10 times stronger than general-purpose acrylic, 30 times stronger than double-strength window glass and 50 times stronger than polished wire glass or other glasses. That strength equates to superior tolerance to shipping and handling. DURAPLEX is available in custom impact blends and is offered in a range of thicknesses, widths, colors and patterns, as well as in flat sheet or roll stock. Contact us for more information. View all DURAPLEX products

Plaskolite DURAPLEX Properties | Physical, Chemical, Mechanical & Thermal Properites of DURAPLEX Impact Modified Acrylic Sheet

  Physical Test method Units DURAPLEX 30% DURAPLEX OPTIX SG05 (50%) DURAPLEX 70% DURAPLEX OPTIX SG10 (100%) Specific Gravity/Relative Density ASTM D-792 ISO 1183 1.18 1.18 1.17 1.17 1.16 1.16 1.15 1.15 Light Transmission -Total ASTM D-1003 ISO 13468-1 % % 92 92 92 92 90 90 90 90 Light Transmission - Haze ASTM D-1003 ISO 14782 % % 2 2 2 2 >3 >3 >3 >3 Water Absorption ASTM D-570 ISO 62 % By wt % 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 Mold Shrinkage ASTM D-955 mils/in % 3-6 0.3-0.6 3-6 0.3-0.6 3-6 0.3-0.6 3-6 0.3-0.6 Mechanical Test method Units DURAPLEX 30% DURAPLEX OPTIX SG05 (50%) DURAPLEX 70% DURAPLEX OPTIX SG10 (100%) Tensile Strength ASTM D-638 ISO 527 psi MPa 9,000 62 8,000 55 7,100 49 5,600 39 Tensile Modulus of Elasticity ASTM D-638 ISO 527 psi MPa 376,000 2,592 340,000 2,344 304,000 2,096 250,000 1,724 Flexural Strength ASTM D-790 ISO 178 psi MPa 13,690 94 12,000 83 10,610 73 8,300 57 Izod Impact Strength – Molded Notch ASTM D-256 ISO 180 ft-lb/in Notch kJ/m 0.6 32 0.7 37 0.9 48 1.1 59 Ball Drop Impact DIN 52306 Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Rockwell Hardness ASTM D-785 ISO 2039-2 M-78 M-78 M-68 M-68 M-59 M-59 M-46 M-46 Thermal Test method Units DURAPLEX 30% DURAPLEX OPTIX SG05 (50%) DURAPLEX 70% DURAPLEX OPTIX SG10 (100%) Deflection Temperature 264 psi (1.8 MPa) ASTM D-648 ISO 75-2/A °F °C 198 92 194 90 190 88 185 85 Coefficient of Thermal Expansion - 30 to 30°C ASTM D-696 ISO 11359 in/(in-°F ) x 10 -5 1/°C 3.5 6.3 x 10-5 4 7.2 x 10-5 4.5 8.1 x 10-5 5 9.0 x 10-5 Flammability (Burning Rate) ASTM D-635 In/minute cm/min 0.85 2.16 1.25 3.18 1.53 3.89 1.97 5.00 Flammability DIN 4102 B2 B2 B2 B2 B2 B2 B2 B2 Smoke Density Rating ASTM D-2843 % % 5.2 5.2 8.5 8.5 11.5 11.5 16.5 16.5 Self-Ignition Temperature ASTM D-1929 °F °C >850 >454 >850 >454 >850 >454 >850 >454

How Acrylic Sheet Stands Up | Materials Comparison

Plaskolite, Inc. delivers innovative acrylic solutions that provide superior options over other materials. Plaskolite acrylic sheet incorporates glass-like qualities of clarity, brilliance, transparency and translucence, but at half the weight and up to 50-times the impact resistance.  Discover more about how Plaskolite products compare to other materials below. Comparison Price Weight Durability Weatherability Formability Versatility Colors Patterns Optix Acrylic * ** *** **** **** ***** ***** ***** Duraplex Acrylic ** ** *** ***** **** ***** ***** ***** Double-Strength Window Glass *** *** ** ** n/a ** ** n/a Wire Glass ** **** * *** n/a * ** n/a Museum Glass ***** ***** *** *** n/a * * n/a Polystyrene * ** ** * ** ** * ** Polycarbonate *** ** **** * ** *** **** *** One star = substrate scores low Five stars = substrate scores high

Signage Features | Plaskolite Signage Fabrication Guide

Plaskolite acrylic sheet is an ideal material for signage thanks to its impact strength and fabrication-friendly features. Review the fabrication guide to learn how the latest and traditional sign construction methods may be applied. download full guide Share Topics related specifically to sign fabrication are presented in this section. Use this portion of the guide, in conjunction with the Plaskolite acrylic sheet fabrication guide, to minimize production problems. Along with flat sheet, Plaskolite offers OPTIX SG acrylic sheet, DURAPLEX SG05, and SG10 impact modified sheet in roll form. A wide range of sizes and thicknesses are available. Plaskolite Sign Grade sheet offers many benefits. Features include excellent forming characteristics with detailed vacuum definition, high optical clarity, and superb weatherability. Roll stock sheet features custom widths and lengths to reduce scrap, and no required drying prior to forming. Plaskolite combines a tradition of quality and service with modern production facilities to be the supplier of choice for your sign grade acrylic needs.  

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