Acrylic plastics, often referred to by familiar trade names like Plexiglas® and
Acrylite® is strong, lightweight and more resistant to impact than glass. It’s highly
weather and chemical-resistant, and is available through Midland in a variety of
sizes, shapes, colors and textures.
Typical Acrylic Plastics Applications
Acrylic plastics are used in applications such as:
Point of purchase displays (POP)
Window and architectural glazing
Signs & exhibits
Lighting diffusers and skylights
Rib Mountain Glass Inc. offers acrylic plastics in a variety of sheet, rod and rigid
tubing configurations, as well in the form of an acrylic mirror.
Acrylic Plastics - Sheet
Colors and Textures – Acrylic plastic sheest from Midland are available in clear,
translucent and fluorescent colors, opaque colors and a variety of surface textures.
Acrylic Plastic Sheet Sizes – Standard sheet sizes range from 48 by 96 inches to
72 by 120 inches, with thicknesses ranging from .030 inches to 4 inches. Custom
thicknesses and sheet sizes are available, depending on order size.
We offer many specialty versions with features such as enhanced UV filtering, UV
transparency, increased abrasion resistance or increased impact resistance.
Customers may order sheets cut-to-size. To maximize yield and keep our
customers’ costs down, Midland selects the optimal sheet size for every order.
Acrylic Plastics - Rod
Midland offers acrylic rod in both cast and extruded versions and in clear and
colors. Cast rod is more optically clear and has better machinability than extruded
rod. If clarity or machinability are not critical issues, extruded may be a better
Sizes – Cast rods are available in stock diameters ranging from ¼-inch to 8
inches; custom sizes may be ordered. Extruded rod is available in diameters
ranging from 1/16th-inch to 2 inches.
Acrylic Plastics - Tubing
Like acrylic rod, acrylic plastic tubing is available in both cast and extruded
versions. A variety of wall thicknesses are available for both types.
Acrylic Plastic Tubing Sizes and Colors – Cast tubing (clear only) is available from
1-¼ inch to 27-5/8 inches outer diameter (O.D.). For extruded tubes, we carry
stock sizes ranging from ¼ inch to 6 inches O.D. in clear. Colors are available up
to 12 inches O.D.
Acrylic Plastics - Mirror
Customers choose acrylic mirror over glass for its light weight and ease of
installation. Midland carries acrylic mirror in a variety of thicknesses, color tints
and quality grades.
Polycarbonate Sheets, Rods And Tubing
Tough and durable, polycarbonate sheets, rods, and tubes are usually associated
with applications requiring high impact or repeated use.
Significantly stronger than plate glass and acrylic, polycarbonate sheets are a
lightweight, economical glazing material that provides increased protection against
high traffic use, vandalism and theft.
Used extensively in architectural applications, polycarbonate sheets, rods, and
tubing are energy efficient, due to its excellent insulating qualities, when
compared to glass of equal thickness. Polycarbonate allows up to 90 percent
transmittance of solar energy and 88 percent of visible light. Tints and patterns
can be added to help reduce heat gain and to enhance its use in architectural
Sign grade polycarbonate is specially formulated to provide excellent resistance to
the weathering effects of prolonged exposure to the sun. Along with its high
impact characteristics, polycarbonate is a good choice for outdoor, and high use,
In security applications, polycarbonate laminates provide proven resistance to
both physical and ballistic attacks. A variety of polycarbonate, and
polycarbonate/acrylic, configurations offer different levels of protection ranging
from containment up to UL Level 3 bullet resistance.
Polycarbonate is more dimensionally stable than acrylic over a wide temperature
range. And, compared to acrylic, it is only slightly less transparent. Standard
polycarbonate doesn't weather well over time but additives and coatings can be
incorporated that significantly increase the weatherability of the polycarbonate.
Because its surface is soft, compared to acrylic, polycarbonate sheets are more
prone to scratching. Abrasion-resistant coatings can be added to significantly
reduce this shortcoming of polycarbonate.
Typical Polycarbonate Applications
Polycarbonate sheets are used for such applications as:
Window and architectural glazing
Bus shelters and mass transit applications
Food applications (FDA-grade)
Race Car Windshields
Rib Mountain Glass Inc offers polycarbonate sheets, rods and tubing.
Polycarbonate Sheet Sizes – Polycarbonate sheets range in thicknesses from .
007-inch to 6 inches. Thicknesses up to .030-inch are available in 24-by-48 inch
sheets. Above this thickness, a variety of sizes are available from 48 by 96 inches
to 72 by 120 inches.
Polycarbonate Sheet Colors – Polycarbonate sheets are available from Midland
Plastics in clear, bronze tint, gray tint, white opaque, black and red opaque.
Specialty Polycarbonate Sheets – Midland stocks polycarbonate sheets in FDA-
compliant, as well as machine and containment grades. We also carry bullet-
resistant and abrasion-resistant polycarbonate sheets. Polycarbonate mirror is
available for high impact environments. Mirror may also be ordered with a scratch-
resistant coating to maintain clarity.
Polycarbonate Rod Sizes – Diameters range from 1/8-inch outer diameter (OD) to
6 inches OD. Diameters between 1/8 inch and 3 inches are available in 8-foot
sections. Diameters above 3 inches are available in 4-foot sections.
Polycarbonate Rod Colors – Clear and black.
Polycarbonate Tubing Sizes – Inner diameter (ID) dimensions ranging from 1/8
inch to 11-3/4 inches, with a variety of wall thicknesses are available. Standard
rod lengths are 8 feet.
Polycarbonate Tubing Colors - Clear only.
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Midland Plastics, Inc. | 5405 South Westridge Court | New Berlin, WI 53151-0055
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