PC sheet, glazing provide protection on buses

  • 24-Jul-2009 04:46 EDT
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Cutaway of a bus outfitted with a protective shield made with Lexan sheet and coated with Exatec E900 plasma coating technology.

Sabic Innovative Plastics introduced a new shield made of Lexan polycarbonate (PC) sheet and coated with Exatec’s E900 plasma technology at Exatec’s facility in Wixom, MI, to enhance the protection of transit operators. The Toronto Transit Commission has equipped its fleet with the shields, where on average one assault occurs per day. According to Sabic, Lexan 9034 sheet with Exatec coating is the first PC glazing certified to comply with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) ANSI Z26.1 AS-2 standard for optical clarity (driver visibility). The 31- x 38-in (787- x 965-mm) rectangular Lexan sheet window is said to be as much as 50% lighter than a comparable glass window and to provide better impact strength, abrasion resistance, and durability vs. acrylic-based panels.

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