Where To Use Polycarbonate Sheet

Feb 27, 2019
Where To Use Polycarbonate Sheet

Since 1968, Piedmont Plastics has had a consistent pursuit of excellence. As a wholesale distributor of plastic sheet, rod, tube, and film products for over 50 years, we have become the premier distributor of the most recognizable and trustworthy brands in the plastic industry. 

We invest in the highest quality materials and advanced technology systems because we intend to distribute the most useful and durable polycarbonate sheets in several applications. Polycarbonate sheet from Piedmont Plastics is available in several sizes, textures, and shapes.

The uses for polycarbonate sheets are varied from recreation, food processing, marine, medical equipment, security and so many other areas of everyday use. Let’s look at where some of the applications polycarbonate sheet is regularly used:

Amusement and Theme Park Rides

Plastic made from polycarbonate sheets is perfect for amusement and theme park rides. This is because plastic parts allow for years of wear and tear with minimal maintenance required.

Being lightweight, durable, UV and impact resistant, plastic is an ideal material for amusement and theme park rides.

Awning

If you need a durable and visually appealing awning, plastic made from polycarbonate is the solution you’ve been looking for.

Not only can it protect visitors from the elements when entering or exiting your place of business, but it can also add a great branding piece to the outside of your building.

Beverage Carts and Food Trucks

With beverage carts and food trucks, the safety of the products is just as important as the branding opportunities.

Plastic made from polycarbonate can be used for creating a durable, lightweight, impact and UV resistant, and, most importantly, FDA approved final product for beverage carts and food trucks.

Cabinet Signs

Wall signs or box signs are both more commonly known as cabinet signs. They are typically internally illuminated and mounted in a storefront. The flexibility of cabinet signs attracts several business owners to use them in stores.

Piedmont Plastics can provide a variety of colors and thickness for your cabinet signs.

Camper Shell/Truck Cap Windows

Camper shells and truck caps often feature plastic windows. When made from polycarbonate sheets, these camper shells are strong enough to last normal wear and tear as well as be resistant to the wind for several years.

While being a mere fraction of the weight of glass, plastic is a great product for aesthetics, durability, and functionality.

Concession Equipment

An easy way to increase concession sales is to make the product visible through the clear plastic. Piedmont Plastics can help with many options for concession equipment such as popcorn makers, shaved ice machines, cotton candy machines, and many more.

Plastic for concession equipment is easily cleaned and maintained, which allows for a long part life. A long part life equates to a high, long term return on your investment.

Conveyor Systems

High-performance plastic is commonly used for conveyor systems. Piedmont Plastic can be found in many conveyor parts such as chute liners, chain conveyor flights, belt scrapers, conveyor skirting, vibratory feed liners, dragline buckets, paddles, and slider beds.

Decorative Shutters

Adding curb appeal can be incredibly simple with decorative shutters. Plastic solutions can give the look of wood using a wood textured finish or a smooth surface yet is much more cost effective when compared to traditional wood shutters.

Electrical Enclosures

Electrical enclosures are made to prevent electrical shock to equipment users and protect the contents from the elements. The use of polycarbonate in electrical enclosures is becoming more popular due to its durability and cost-effectiveness.

Exhibits

Exhibits often use a variety of plastic substrates and graphic materials, which allow for nearly unlimited options in structure, color, size, shape, and texture.

Designers of the exhibits are free to be fully creative and can trust that the right materials are available to support their vision and bring it to life.

Food Storage Bins

Anytime food storage is thought of, the safety of the food and the ability to display the food is first to mind. Storage containers and bins made from plastics provide a clean, attractive, transparent, and safe method for retailers to display many of the products we buy.

Golf Cart/ATV Windshields

These windshields offer protection for passengers from flying objects and unfavorable weather conditions. 

Windshields for these vehicles are typically made from acrylic, impact modified acrylic or polycarbonate. Acrylic and polycarbonate are ideal materials due to their crack resistance, durability, optical clarity, and lightweight. Both acrylic and polycarbonate can be easily cut, formed, and bent to the appropriate size and shape needed.

Heavy Equipment Glazing

Polycarbonate with an abrasion-resistant coating is the ideal material to replace heavy equipment windows. Laminated polycarbonate is also available for high-risk areas.

Highway/Traffic Signage

There are a variety of plastic sheet materials that offer highway signage manufacturers flexibility for forming various signs.

Piedmont Plastics is the leading expert in plastic products for every application including highway signage.

Housekeeping/Maid Service Carts

Housekeeping cart must carry large amounts of cleaning equipment, supplies, linens, and trash throughout the property. So, having plastics made from polycarbonate are key when manufacturing maid service carts. Our materials are durable yet lightweight, making it easier to maneuver with a heavy load.

Kiosks

With kiosks, design, durability, and functionality are all important to consider. With a variety of plastics used in making interactive kiosks (including acrylic, polycarbonate, ABS, ACM, and expanded PVC), these materials offer nearly unlimited design options in varying sizes, structures, and colors, and all are easy to fabricate and very durable.

Light Boxes

Whether showcasing art, photography, or advertising, a lightbox is a flat box comprised of translucent plastic or glass that is evenly lit from behind.

Utilizing plastic in lightbox production allows for enhanced properties, such as greater impact resistance and weight reduction. Certain plastics also eliminate glare and hot spots, while offering UV filtering properties not found in other materials.

Machine Guards

Machine guards are common in a variety of production and manufacturing environments. They are designed to protect employees from potential impacts of ejected material or broken tooling. In addition, they also protect the product from contamination during production processes.

It is common for machine guards to be made from high-quality polycarbonate material.

Menu Boards

Menu boards allow restaurants to share their menu offerings, display critical nutritional information, and engage guests while they wait to order.

Whether digital or static, plastics allow for flexibility in design in menu boards while maintaining an extremely lightweight profile.

Monument Signs

Monument signs are freestanding, permanent signs used to identify residential communities, businesses, and other organizations, giving added street-level visibility.

When constructed with quality materials, monument signs provide a unique branding opportunity and leave a lasting impression on existing and prospective customers.

Motorcycle Windshields

When using Piedmont Plastics, motorcycle windshields are available in a range of shapes and sizes. They also give riders peace of mind without compromising visibility, which is key for maximum safety.

Movie/Television Staging and Sets

Plastic regularly takes center stage in the movie and television industry where intricate, realistic-looking stages and sets must change with each new scene. Versatile plastics can re-create virtually anything, making them an important player for a variety of applications for movie and television sets.

Pan Face Signs

Pan faced signs are sturdy, single or double-faced signs commonly seen advertising entrances to business establishments such as shopping malls, gas stations, industrial parks, and hotels.

Most pan faced signs are framed with aluminum or steel and fitted with a plastic face. While pan faced signs are created for longevity, most are changed every decade due to rebranding or relevancy. So, having a durable, yet customizable plastic is crucial for pan face signs.

Point of Sale Displays (POS)

Piedmont Plastics often create a stunning point of sale display. Plastic POS displays are lightweight and flexible to a multitude of design needs. When done right, these can strategically drive sales and effectively communicate your brand message to your target consumer.

Pole Signs

Also referred to as small billboards, pole signs play a critical role in attracting customers to your location.

Because of their constant exposure to the sun, wind, rain, snow, and other elements, pole signs must be created with very durable materials in order to maintain a pristine appearance. This is where Piedmont’s polycarbonate sheet made plastics can help.

Printed Circuit Boards

These boards are used in nearly every computerized device available today and are made using a variety of plastics products, including specific polycarbonate substrates. Polycarbonate is commonly used in circuit board test fixtures, which are drilled in the same pattern as a circuit board to test its safety and efficiency.

Raffle Drums

Raffle drums made from versatile plastic materials are aesthetically pleasing, durable, and highly functional.

Riot Shields

Piedmont stocks a wide variety of polycarbonate sheet products that are used in the manufacture of riot and personal protection shields used by Police, Military and Security organizations around the globe.

Roof Vents

Roof vents allow hot, humid air to escape and help prevent structural damage and premature aging.

Durable, UV inhibited acrylic and polycarbonate are go-to materials used in the development of roof vents.

School Glazing

Strategic use of plastic glazing in windows, walls, doorways, courtyards, and skylights provides aesthetics, safety, security, and energy savings.

Piedmont Plastics supplies quality acrylics and polycarbonates that allow schools to provide openness and beauty while protecting students and staff.

Skylights

Certain acrylic and polycarbonate materials can block infrared heat and harmful UV rays. Both materials are impact resistant. These materials are also much lighter than glass, making them a safer and more economical choice for skylights.

Slot Machines

Slot machine fronts are commonly made of polycarbonate. Polycarbonate offer design advantages for machine manufacturers, so games can offer vibrant colors, special lighting, and mirrors to allow machines to attract attention.

Sterilization Trays

Polypropylene and Polycarbonate are two of the most popular materials used in creating sterilization trays and are available in clear or subtle tints, allowing for easy viewing of the contents.

Their durable properties make them an ideal choice to hold up in a fast-paced and high-stress environment. In addition to heat and steam resistance, these materials withstand impact and eliminate the danger of glass breakage.

Store Fixtures

Polycarbonate fixtures hold securely and display store fixtures to complement—and sell—products.

Supermarket / In-Store Refrigeration

Refrigeration viewing doors are commonly made from transparent and durable plastics. Polycarbonate and acrylic doors allow for excellent visibility of products and are superior to glass and other materials in their insulating properties, strength and impact resistance.

Trade Show Booths

Plastics offer an almost limitless palette of design, color and texture combinations to help companies communicate their message. This is especially important when thousands, or millions, of people, are quickly passing by during trade shows.

Transit Shelters

Piedmont Plastics has long-term experience providing products for transit shelters as well as related advertising graphics. Polycarbonate is often one of the most important elements used to build the shelter.

Vending Machines

All are extremely durable materials that can withstand impact or misuse and retain their eye-catching appearance. PETG and polycarbonate both offer design advantages. They can be easily fabricated and are easy to decorate with brand logos and colors.

Wayfinding Directional Signage

A great number of plastics are involved in the production of wayfinding signage. Acrylic, polycarbonate, aluminum composites, expanded PVC, and foam sheet are just a few common substrates used. Plastics offer unrivaled options in color, texture, and finishes compared to other materials giving designers a wide palette of options when creating these signs.

Window Well Covers

Window well covers provide much-needed protection for basement windows, especially in harsh environments where snow, hail, or heavy rainfall are common. Window well covers are also an excellent safety feature to prevent someone, child or adult, from falling down the well and risking injury.

Impact resistant, lightweight, and transparent, polycarbonate is the ideal material for window well covers, combining strength and function for maximum durability.

As you can see, Piedmont Plastics can help in a wide variety of applications using polycarbonate. With over 50 years of experience and 40 locations across the United States, we are your source for all plastics. Contact us today to learn more!