Polycarbonate offers many benefits, depending on its intended use or application. It has 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.
The material is often utilized to create backlit instrument panels and protective wire and cable casings in airplanes. It is flame and impact-resistance. 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.
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.
The transparency of the material also makes it ideal for eyeglasses. Transparency, excellent toughness, thermal stability and a very good dimensional stability make Polycarbonate (PC) one of the most widely used engineering thermoplastics. Compact discs, riot shields, vandal proof glazing, baby feeding bottles, electrical components, safety helmets and headlamp lenses are all typical applications for PC.
Other industries that rely on polycarbonate for their products include:
- Food and beverage