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POLYCARBONATE WINDOWS ARE UNRIVALLED FOR THEIR SAFETY

When designing the cabs and fuselages for theme park rides, safety is of paramount importance. Children are known to frequent these types of rides, elevating safety requirement standards to the highest level.

Of similar importance is clarity and durability, since they need to provide the customer with the best view of the attractions is the minimum of aberration or distortion.

POLYCARBONATE WINDOWS ARE UNMATCHED IN DURABILITY

Similarly, the window must be capable to withstand the rigors of high traffic as well as protect to public from all possible environmental hazards. A damaged window could lead to immediate loss of revenue and long-term dissatisfaction from customers and fans who are missing out on the fun, not to mention the cost of which is incalculable. There is no better or safer window than one fabricated from polycarbonate.

POLYCARBONATE WINDOWS OFFER INFINITE DESIGN SOLUTIONS

Polycarbonate will never limit the imagination of your designers with the restrictions one can experience when using traditional glass. Aside of its exceptional durability, polycarbonate can be molded into near-infinite shapes through extremely complex and compound curvatures.

POLYCARBONATE WINDOWS ARE 250 TIMES TOUGHER THAN GLASS

Coated polycarbonate truly is the perfect solution for your theme park vehicles. Capable of withstanding impacts of up to 250 times that of glass, polycarbonate windows and windshields provide the highest possible grade of safety, and are the only transparency medium to ensure the highest levels of protection for your precious cargo.

With silicate hard coatings applied, polycarbonate it will withstand scratches to the same level as glass and will never yellow or fade. Polycarbonate is also the only material capable of affording your most brilliant designers the freedom to create the most original, eye-catching rides.


Key Advantages of Polycarbonate Windows

POLYCARBONATE WINDOWS KEY ADVANTAGES

POLYMER vs GLASS TITLE 1

Modern polycarbonate has vastly superior impact strength than glass and will not shatter when exposed to high strains or blunt force. Crack resistance is especially valuable – representing just one of the many reasons polycarbonate is used in fighter jet canopies and windows. Polycarbonate windows can be coated to a hardness comparable to glass. Therefore, these windows resist scratching, and many chemicals commonly used to wash vehicles or clean glass.

Furthermore, laminated glass is also subject to delamination – where the bonding between layers fails – displaying unsightly patterns known as “traveling air pockets.” Aside from being aesthetically unpleasant, over time, these air pockets can seriously diminish visibility around the edges of the affected transparencies.

POLYMER vs GLASS TITLE 2At less than half the weight of glass — (SG: 1.2 vs. 2.45) — polycarbonate is an excellent alternative, especially where weight plays a key factor in design. With current trends erring towards ever more efficient, environmentally conscious manufacturing processes for vehicles, designers are becoming ever more focused on shedding as much weight as possible to achieve greater performance and fuel efficiency.

POLYMER vs GLASS TITLE 3Generally, flat unprocessed glass is less expensive to purchase than polycarbonate. However, the tempered glass used in most vehicles is about equivalent in cost. Nevertheless, formed and/or laminated glass will be far more costly to produce than modern polymers.

Above all, if a window is to have a more defined shape, with complex curvatures, the forming tools for glass are usually made from steel or ceramic and become very expensive.

By contrast, the tools used for forming polycarbonate windows are generally made of fiberglass-reinforced resin. As such, the difference in tooling costs can be substantial; a consideration that becomes far more important for low-volume production.

POLYMER vs GLASS TITLE 4Although glass can be formed into curved shapes – due to its restrictive malleability – the finished shape will be quite limited, with complex shapes being far more challenging and costly to achieve.

By contrast, modern polycarbonate can be easily formed into far more radical compound shapes while retaining excellent optical properties and minimum aberration.

POLYMER vs GLASS TITLE 5Polycarbonate transmits more light than glass; in fact, up to 90% of visible light. By contrast, mineral glass transmits between 80-90%, depending on the type of glass.

In cases where laminated glass has several layers, such as ballistic formulations, the image observed through the pane tends to adopt a greenish hue, whilst polycarbonate remains neutral.

POLYMER vs GLASS TITLE 6The thermal conductivity of polycarbonate is considerably superior to laminated glass. This is advantageous for insulation, resulting in lower running costs for heating and air-conditioning.

Equally, Polycarbonate offers 99.99% UV blocking as compared to 25% for glass. Similarly, up to 40% of infra-red is blocked compared to 0% for glass, depending on the tint being used. This is especially important for equipment operating in a hot environment or under strong sunshine. Furthermore, these specialty grades also protect interior electronic components and upholstery from excessive heat and fading.

POLYMER vs GLASS TITLE 7Although polycarbonate is softer by nature in its raw form, thanks to the many advances achieved with technology, and through the application of silicate coating, polycarbonate can achieve a hardness approaching that of glass.

The silicate coating affords far superior protection, thus resisting most scratches and making the transparencies impervious to yellowing and chemical attacks.


GLASS vs. POLYCARBONATE

COMPARISON CHART GLASS vs POLYCARBONATE

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What Polycarbonate Windows Can do for You

LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES

If you wish to push the boundaries of your imagination while providing the highest level of safety to your customers, and the assurance of security to your investors, then coated polycarbonate is the best transparency material you can use for your theme ride, bar none.

Where polycarbonate designs are concerned, CLI has over 35 years’ experience in creating exceptional highly durable products for some of America’s most outstanding and commanding industries, theme parks included.

OUR OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCE

Our products are above all designed to be safe and durable, yet also functional with style; designs which protect operators and passengers even when operating in the most extreme environments, yet emphasizing the style and beauty of the products in which they are fitted.

So why not entrust us with your next project and discover solutions you never dreamed possible?

Explore Our Products & Services

If you would like to know more about our comprehensive product lines and services, please drop us a line and we shall be delighted to discuss your enterprise’s specific product and design requirements with great interest.

Polycarbonate Windows:

The Safest Option for Theme Park Rides

POLYCARBONATE WINDOWS ARE UNRIVALLED FOR SAFETY

When designing the cabs and fuselages for theme park rides, safety is of paramount importance. Children are known to frequent these types of rides, elevating safety requirement standards to the highest level.

Of similar importance is clarity and durability, since they need to provide the customer with the best view of the attractions is the minimum of aberration or distortion.

POLYCARBONATE WINDOWS ARE UNMATCHED IN DURABILITY

Similarly, the window must be capable to withstand the rigors of high traffic as well as protect to public from all possible environmental hazards. A damaged window could lead to immediate loss of revenue and long-term dissatisfaction from customers and fans who are missing out on the fun, not to mention the cost of which is incalculable. There is no better or safer window than one fabricated from polycarbonate.

POLYCARBONATE WINDOWS OFFER INFINITE DESIGN SOLUTIONS

Polycarbonate will never limit the imagination of your designers with the restrictions one can experience when using traditional glass. Aside of its exceptional durability, polycarbonate can be molded into near-infinite shapes through extremely complex and compound curvatures.

POLYCARBONATE WINDOWS ARE 250 TIMES TOUGHER THAN GLASS

Coated polycarbonate truly is the perfect solution for your theme park vehicles. Capable of withstanding impacts of up to 250 times that of glass, polycarbonate windows and windshields provide the highest possible grade of safety, and are the only transparency medium to ensure the highest levels of protection for your precious cargo.

With silicate hard coatings applied, polycarbonate it will withstand scratches to the same level as glass and will never yellow or fade. Polycarbonate is also the only material capable of affording your most brilliant designers the freedom to create the most original, eye-catching rides.


Key Advantages of Polycarbonate Windows

POLYCARBONATE WINDOWS KEY ADVANTAGES

POLYMER vs GLASS TITLE 1

Modern polycarbonate has vastly superior impact strength than glass and will not shatter when exposed to high strains or blunt force. Crack resistance is especially valuable – representing just one of the many reasons polycarbonate is used in fighter jet canopies and windows. Polycarbonate windows can be coated to a hardness comparable to glass. Therefore, these windows resist scratching, and many chemicals commonly used to wash vehicles or clean glass.

Furthermore, laminated glass is also subject to delamination – where the bonding between layers fails – displaying unsightly patterns known as “traveling air pockets.” Aside from being aesthetically unpleasant, over time, these air pockets can seriously diminish visibility around the edges of the affected transparencies.

POLYMER vs GLASS TITLE 2At less than half the weight of glass — (SG: 1.2 vs. 2.45) — polycarbonate is an excellent alternative, especially where weight plays a key factor in design. With current trends erring towards ever more efficient, environmentally conscious manufacturing processes for vehicles, designers are becoming ever more focused on shedding as much weight as possible to achieve greater performance and fuel efficiency.

POLYMER vs GLASS TITLE 3Generally, flat unprocessed glass is less expensive to purchase than polycarbonate. However, the tempered glass used in most vehicles is about equivalent in cost. Nevertheless, formed and/or laminated glass will be far more costly to produce than modern polymers.

Above all, if a window is to have a more defined shape, with complex curvatures, the forming tools for glass are usually made from steel or ceramic and become very expensive.

By contrast, the tools used for forming polycarbonate windows are generally made of fiberglass-reinforced resin. As such, the difference in tooling costs can be substantial; a consideration that becomes far more important for low-volume production.

POLYMER vs GLASS TITLE 4Although glass can be formed into curved shapes – due to its restrictive malleability – the finished shape will be quite limited, with complex shapes being far more challenging and costly to achieve.

By contrast, modern polycarbonate can be easily formed into far more radical compound shapes while retaining excellent optical properties and minimum aberration.

POLYMER vs GLASS TITLE 5Polycarbonate transmits more light than glass; in fact, up to 90% of visible light. By contrast, mineral glass transmits between 80-90%, depending on the type of glass.

In cases where laminated glass has several layers, such as ballistic formulations, the image observed through the pane tends to adopt a greenish hue, whilst polycarbonate remains neutral.

POLYMER vs GLASS TITLE 6The thermal conductivity of polycarbonate is considerably superior to laminated glass. This is advantageous for insulation, resulting in lower running costs for heating and air-conditioning.

Equally, Polycarbonate offers 99.99% UV blocking as compared to 25% for glass. Similarly, up to 40% of infra-red is blocked compared to 0% for glass, depending on the tint being used. This is especially important for equipment operating in a hot environment or under strong sunshine. Furthermore, these specialty grades also protect interior electronic components and upholstery from excessive heat and fading.

POLYMER vs GLASS TITLE 7Although polycarbonate is softer by nature in its raw form, thanks to the many advances achieved with technology, and through the application of silicate coating, polycarbonate can achieve a hardness approaching that of glass.

The silicate coating affords far superior protection, thus resisting most scratches and making the transparencies impervious to yellowing and chemical attacks.


GLASS vs. POLYCARBONATE

COMPARISON CHART GLASS vs POLYCARBONATE

DOWNLOAD BUTTON

What Polycarbonate Windows Can do for You

LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES

If you wish to push the boundaries of your imagination while providing the highest level of safety to your customers, and the assurance of security to your investors, then coated polycarbonate is the best transparency material you can use for your theme ride, bar none.

Where polycarbonate designs are concerned, CLI has over 35 years’ experience in creating exceptional highly durable products for some of America’s most outstanding and commanding industries, theme parks included.

OUR OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCE

Our products are above all designed to be safe and durable, yet also functional with style; designs which protect operators and passengers even when operating in the most extreme environments, yet emphasizing the style and beauty of the products in which they are fitted.

So why not entrust us with your next project and discover solutions you never dreamed possible?

Explore Our Products & Services

If you would like to know more about our comprehensive product lines and services, please drop us a line and we shall be delighted to discuss your enterprise’s specific product and design requirements with great interest.
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