Canadian Plastics

Sheet protection from extreme weather, human threats

Police, security officers and other emergency response groups have a tough enough time out on the streets -- you'd like to think they could at least feel safe in their own offices. Now they can. The n...

September 1, 2010   Canadian Plastics



Police, security officers and other emergency response groups have a tough enough time out on the streets — you’d like to think they could at least feel safe in their own offices. Now they can. The new Insulgard window system from Insulgard Security Products — owned by SABIC Polymershapes, a division of SABIC Innovative Plastics — uses Lexan polycarbonate sheet to protect emergency and security workers from the battering of hurricane-and tornado-strength winds, ballistic impacts and other threats.

The system combines Insulgard Security Products’ TH600 aluminum architectural framing system, TOR-GARD glazing material and Lexan sheet to meet Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 361-2008 requirements for debris impact resistance, as well as UL 752 specifications for security-ballistic protection up to level 8. In tests conducted by Architectural Testing, Inc., in York, Penn., a 15-lb., two-inch by four-inch wood board traveling horizontally at 100 mph served as a missile that impacted the window system to simulate projectiles hurled during a hurricane or tornado. The result: No damage.

According to SABIC, potential applications for Insulgard include police and hospital emergency facilities, 911 call centres, utility control centres and critical government infrastructure.

SABIC Innovative Plastics (Toronto); www.sabic-ip.com;1-800-323-3783


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