See-Through Plastics Plus
Eight-Foot-Tall, Two-Ton Diamond Sculpture
one of the
world’s largest diamond sculptures measuring 8-feet-tall.
The unique sculpture was designed as a sign to promote
Denney Jewelers in Springfield, Illinois.
Ace Sign Co., Central Illinois’ largest sign manufacturer,
developed and produced the two-ton diamond sculpture.
“We didn’t want a traditional
sign. We strived
to make something more
exciting and Evonik
Cyro’s ACRYLITE Satinice
proved to be an excellent
solution for achieving
such a unique design,”
said Scott Bringuet,
manager of Sales and
Design at Ace Sign Co.
“The acrylic sheet’s frosted
and abrasion resistant
texture mimicked the
exterior and durability of
a diamond. It also had excellent light diffusing properties
and high light transmission, which gave the diamond the
ability to ‘glow’ with the 2,000 LED lights behind it.”
“Evonik Cyro is known for its innovative acrylic products
and it is always a thrill to see our customers create unique
and inspiring designs with our material,” says Antoinette
Spages, Product Manager, Acrylic Sheet Specialties.
“Satinice is such a versitile product with excellent design
possibilities for signage, Point of Purchase (POP) store fixtures
and decorative glazing; however this type of outdoor
illuminated structure is definitely a first,” adds Spages.
The ACRYLITE acrylic sheet was obtained through ACI
Plastics, a St. Louis, Missouri, distributor and fabricator of
plastic sheets, rods and tubes.
For more information, contact Gail Wood, Evonik
Degussa Corporation, 379 Interpace Parkway, Parsippany, NJ 07054, 800-631-5384/973-541-8754, Fax:
973-541-8445, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web:
Walk Through a Waterfall in the Middle of NYC
A seamless RCast
® acrylic tunnel
Inc. bisects a giant
waterfall in an urban
oasis behind 1221
Avenue of the
Americas. The new
replaces a worn-out glass tunnel, and does so without
the need for metal framework obstructions.
With the help of a crystal clear acrylic tube from
Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc. (RPT), pedestrians can
walk through the tunnel that bisects a giant waterfall –
and remain dry – to take a shortcut to the next block .
The updated courtyard features a park, a large decorative
waterfall, and a seamless acrylic tunnel that lets people
cross from 48th to 49th Streets midway through the
block. The plaza and passageway were originally built with
the building in 1971, but the tunnel at that time was
made out of curved metal framing and glass inserts.
Over time, parts of the tunnel began to wear out from
use from the constant stream of water running over it,
leaks appeared around worn gaskets, and the metal framing
had sagged to the point where it was nearly irreparable.
That’s when the decision was made to scrap the existing
tunnel and put in a new R-Cast acrylic tunnel.
“Building the tunnel out of acrylic offered many advantages
over glass,” explained Matt Houlihan, Vice President
of Sales & Marketing at RPT. “The flexibility, formability, and
structural strength of acrylic allowed us to custom design
and fabricate this tunnel to be totally seamless - no need for
clunky metal supports to block the view – and it’s nearly 17
times stronger than glass while only half the weight.”
The minimal amount of framework gives the tunnel a
sense of being more open and lets visitors really feel as
though they’re walking through the waterfall, while the UV
stabilized acrylic ensures a crystal clear tunnel for decades
ahead. The new tunnel is just over 12 feet wide, six feet
tall, and 14 feet long. The acrylic itself was three inches
thick for this application.
This urban refuge is a bit of a hidden gem that’s ideal
for relaxing, eating lunch, sitting down to talk, or crossing
the street via the tunnel. In fact, the charm that this plaza
offers with its unique pedestrian tunnel has earned it
appearances in several movies throughout the years.
For more information, contact Julie Hober, Reynolds
Polymer Technology, Inc., 607 Hollingsworth Street, Grand
Junction, CO 81505, 800-433-9293/970-241-4700, Fax:
970.241.4747, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.reynoldspolymer.com.
Optically Clear Films and Tapes
Specializing in high
tapes, films, fabrics,
CS Hyde utilizes
the best in converting
to provide the
product in the
fastest way possible. When they say fast, they mean it. With
same-day shipping on all in-stock materials, you can count
on getting your order quick, relieving production slowdowns
before they start. You can also count on flexibility, because
CS Hyde Company offers no minimums on most orders.
Never buy more material than you need again.
They cut to order, with the capability to slit rolls from
.25” to 40” wide, and any size in between. Their machinery
is computer controlled and automated, ensuring a
high tolerance on all orders sent in sheet, roll or die cut
parts. Custom cold lamination allows them to add adhesive
to a wide variety of high performance materials. Die
cut parts available from simple squares, circles and washers
to complex shapes.
Whether you demand high dielectric strength, low surface
energy, super abrasion resistance, optical clarity, or
all of the above, they can supply a solution. Multiple product
lines in stock such as Teflon®, Kapton®, Silicone,
Mylar®, PVDF, UHMW, FEP and PFA and many more.
For more information, contact
Tiffany Hoerle, CS Hyde Company,
1351 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa,
IL 60046, 847-395-0325, Fax: 847-395-0334, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.cshyde.com.
New Sheet Standing Seam Solution
SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business
announced its new patent-pending
Lexapanel® polycarbonate sheet
standing seam technology to give
architects and builders exceptional
flexibility to create sustainable and
beautiful translucent roofing and
other glazing elements. Lexapanel
sheet was developed in collaboration
with AmeriLux International, LLC, an
seam solutions, the
new offering provides customers in North America and
Europe with far more glazing options, including choice of
width, thickness, coating, color, structure and type of connection.
Further, Lexapanel sheet delivers the strength,
weatherability, clarity and
thermal insulation of
SABIC’s renowned Lexan
PC multiwall sheet. This
SABIC’s commitment in
solutions that promote
while providing customer
focused day-lighting solutions
to improve working
and living environments.
For more information,
contact Sabic Innovative Plastics, One Plastics Avenue,
Pittsfield, MA 01201, 413-448-7110, Web: www.sabic-ip.com.
Textured Acrylic Sheets
Acrilex, Inc., producers
and distributors of
acrylics, offers the
textured line of acrylic
sheets. This series of
acrylic sheets is ideal
for use in point of purchase
fixtures, furniture, lighting,
and in architectural applications where tempered
glass would not be a practical material choice.
Acriglas Impressions recreates the look of architecturally
patterned glass with the ease of the fabrication and
forming found in acrylic. There is no need to be a glazier
or to have anything more than basic woodworking tools to
work with Acriglas. Impressions are currently available in
nine standard textures that can be easily customized to
any specified color and in less time than ordering a tempered
Acriglas Impressions textured acrylic sheets are available
in a variety of sizes in addition to the existing patterned
glass in 4’ x 6’ sheets, and in thicknesses ranging
from 1/8” to 3/4”. All sheets can be custom cut or configured
to meet all specifications.
Acrilex is a leading producer and distributor of custom-colored
acrylics, custom-configured acrylic fixtures and
other products. In business to provide solutions to clients,
Acrilex can design it, create it and get it to you faster than
anyone else in the industry. Headquartered in Jersey City,
NJ, Acrilex offers a complete line of acrylic products and
For more information, contact Dan Rustin, Acrilex, Inc.,
230 Culver Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305, 800-222-4680, Fax: 201-333-1237, E-mail: email@example.com,
Diamond Edge Polishers
AWED Corp's newest diamond
edge polisher has
the fastest polishing
speed available today.
ARIA 2 1600, has a
capacity of 62" travel x
4" thick polishing with
a transparent and
They are now adding
the new bevel polishing machine, the Aria2i,
with a capacity of from 90° up to 46°bevel by the push
of a button.
Because they reference
from the table, the
bevel is made from
the bottom of the
piece, rather than
from the top, the
bevel will always
come out uniform. Bevel pieces can be stacked or even different
thickness parts can be beveled on the same run.
This is not possible with bevel polishers that bevel from
Available with single-phase 220-volt system and 7
adjustable material clamps. The machine is ideal for all
kinds of plastics including polycarbonate edge finishing.
Both PLC diamond tip cutters and mono crystalline diamond
finishing tips are available.
The Aria2i will be available in May.
For more information, contact Victor Miranda, AWED
Corp., 1175 Buford Highway, Suite 101, Suwanee, GA
30024, 770-831-9800, Fax: 770-831-7404, E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.awedmachine.com or
Multi-Wall Sheet Lessens Heat Build-up
CO-EX Corporation, into the skylight glazing of the
Theresa Banks Aquatic Center. The 16mm thick Macrolux
sheet offered high light transmission for great natural
lighting along with good thermal insulation values to
reduce the cost of heating the center and increase patron
comfort. In addition, this glazing incorporated CO-EX
Corporation’s new “solar control” additive called IR, this
additive reduced the amount of heat coming through the
glazing into the aquatic center. The management at the
Theresa Banks Center were thrilled with the results, a
lightweight, durable glazing that lets the light in but keeps
the heat out.
CO-EX Corporation manufactures a full line of polycarbonate sheet including Macrolux multi-wall sheet,
Rooflite® corrugated sheet, BDL® standing seam modular
panels and Modulit vertical glazing systems. CO-EX products
work well in any application where light transmission,
impact strength and durability are important.
For more information, contact Kurt Glaser, CO-EX
Corporation, 5 Alexander Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492,
800-888-5364, Fax: 203-679-0600, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.co-excorp.com.
Match the Adhesive to Your Job
Quick Seal Inc. stocks eight different
Weld-On solvent formulas
for bonding acrylic to
its self. But what
size is right for
your job? How
large is the
assembly? Is a 50
ml cartridge the most efficient
and easy to manipulate
or is the 250 ml cartridge
cheaper for your project?
Did you know that two 50 ml cartridges are only a
few dollars less than a 250 ml cartridge and the 250 ml
cartridge is shelf stable for up to one year.
Does your assembly need gap filler? Quick Seal has
solutions for bonding irregular surfaces and dissimilar
In order to achieve museum quality joints you need to
match the system to the job. Give Quick Seal a call to discuss
the best Weld-On products for your project.
For more information, contact Max Plumhoff, Quick
Seal Inc., 50671 Tarrington Way, Granger, IN 46530,
574-272-8695, Fax: 574-272-5004, E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.quickseal.com.
Weather patterns continue to baffle meteorologists with
unseasonable warmth and high ocean temperatures.
Many believe this will lead to an extremely active hurricane
season in 2012. ClearGuard® Hurricane Panels from
Transparent Protection Systems have protected homes
and commercial buildings from hurricanes for over a
ClearGuard Hurricane Panels are manufactured to stringent
quality control standards from the strongest transparent
thermoplastic commercially available—polycarbonate.
With a unique combination of lightweight, excellent
light transmission and ease of installation,
ClearGuard panels meet or exceed the performance of any
a full ten-year warranty against excessive yellowing or
product failure due to manufacturing defect.
ClearGuard Hurricane Panels have been extensively
tested and meet all applicable codes, including IBC/IRC,
the new Florida Building Code, including HVHZ (High
Velocity Hurricane Zone), Texas Department of Insurance
(TDI) and the stringent ASTM E330, E1886 & E1996 test
ClearGuard panels are readily available through a
nationwide network of Authorized Dealer/Installers both
as a turn-key installation or DIY. ClearGuard panels are
offered in industry standard lengths, custom cut-to-size
pieces or twenty-foot stock lengths.
For more information, contact Charlie French,
Transparent Protection Systems, 6643 42nd Terrace
North, West Palm Beach, FL 33407, 888-447-8320, Fax:
561-844-2573 E-mail: email@example.com,