Clear optical grade safety shielding with impact resistance 250 times that of glass of equivalent thickness has been introduced by thermoplastics engineering specialist Dotmar EPP as a high-performance alternative to metal shielding. Transparent polycarbonate Safeguard PC is similar to the material used in bullet-resistant laminates in banks. The Safeguard PC range is one seventh the weight of steel and half that of glass, making it easy to handle and easy to fabricate to almost any shape. Applications include architectural glazing, acoustic enclosures, electrical instrument and switchboard enclosures, engineering machine surrounds, process machine guards and as protective panels in general manufacturing and industrial applications. All Safeguard PC products can be effectively machined using standard metal and woodworking equipment, with best results from carbide tipped tools. The Safeguard range is OHS compliant, non toxic and thermally stable, being scarcely influenced by sudden changes in temperature and humidity, having a continuous service temperature range of -60 to +130 deg C. High electrical insulation properties make it highly suitable for use in parts of electrical instruments, switchboards and equipment where insulation, shock resistance and transparency are needed. All Safeguard PC products have excellent flame retardant properties and are generally classified as "self extinguishing".
It maintains its high impact strength even after long outdoor periods and is practically indestructible in applications including.
" Guards on machines, including see-through protective covers on cutting machines and hazardous processes, from metalworking to chemical treatments
" See-through doors and hatches in industrial, commercial, laboratory and in construction where clear access visibility is an issue
" Security windows on banks, detention centers and vehicles and installations where security is required from those inside or outside
" Rugged commercial and municipal structures, ranging from bus shelters to security centres
" Anything where see-through protection is required