Definition: Polycarbonate

What is Polycarbonate?

Polycarbonate is a transparent plastic that is very strong. It is a very hard, solid and transparent material. The biggest advantage of the material is its impact resistance, as it is 250 times stronger than glass. That is why it is often used as safety glass. The material was discovered around 1900. There was a lot of research into the material at the time, but a practical application was always more difficult. In 1953, it was first really used as a replacement for small areas of glass. This was because at that time it still had a brown tint. 17 years later, in 1970, polycarbonate was made clear without a tint. Since then it has come into use more and more. Nowadays, we find the material in, for example, safety glasses and car lamps.

Similar to PMMA

The properties of polycarbonate are very similar to PMMA or Plexiglas. Like PMMA, the material is easy to produce and allows more light to pass through. But it also offers other advantages compared to PMMA or Plexiglas. For example, polycarbonate is easy to process. Think for example of drilling or sawing. Maintenance is also very easy. Like PMMA, it is also slightly more sensitive to scratches compared to normal glass.

Polycarbonate at TRALERT®

You can come across polycarbonate in various TRALERT® products. A good example of this is in the lens of one of the LED driving lights. It also uses the RFT lens technology. All this contributes to a perfect light image. Furthermore, this spotlight has a IP value of IP69K. The lamp also has a EMC interference suppression as the lamp is often located near other electronic devices. The polycarbonate lens can also be found at various LED rear lights find. The very strong lens of course ensures that the lamp has a long service life.

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