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Strategies in Light Show 2018

 2/6/2018

Join us at Booth #322 at the Strategies in Light Show on February 13-15 at the Long Beach Convention Center located in Long Beach, California. 

Professionals from all areas of the lighting industry are invited to attend this three-day conference and trade show. Strategies in Light will provide opportunities to learn, observe and engage with different segments of the lighting industry through keynote speakers and conference sessions. New to this year's show are Lightspace California, which will combine trends and techniques of lighting technology with the art of design, and the IoT Pavilion, where attendees can find information and emerging technologies related to the Internet of Things. 

At Booth #322, we will be displaying samples of extruded lenses for LED lights and the new Diffuse Frost PVC. This material alternative to acrylic (PMMA) was engineered in collaboration with PolyOne Corp. and provides significant cost-savings benefits for extrusion projects. Sales representatives and engineers will be available to answer questions about the immense project capabilities of Custom Plastics, Inc.

 

Plastic Resin Flame Rating

At times, we would be asked about a flame rating for the plastic material or compound we either purchase or make here locally.  We thought that information was generally lacking or not easily found, so we took the initiative to make it readily available for everyone to learn about.
 
UL 94 is the flame rating test standard.  
 
“HB” is one classification, and is the most basic.  Most plastics will have an HB rating.  In fact, we joke that is standards for “happily burning”.
 
5VA is the highest flame rating a material can have, and indicates the material self extinguishes.  Below are all the classifications within the UL94 test:
 
  • HB: slow burning on a horizontal specimen; burning rate < 76 mm/min for thickness < 3 mm or burning stops before 100 mm
  • V-2: burning stops within 30 seconds on a vertical specimen; drips of flaming particles are allowed.
  • V-1: burning stops within 30 seconds on a vertical specimen; drips of particles allowed as long as they are not inflamed.
  • V-0: burning stops within 10 seconds on a vertical specimen; drips of particles allowed as long as they are not inflamed.
  • 5VB: burning stops within 60 seconds on a vertical specimen; no drips allowed; plaque specimens may develop a hole.
  • 5VA: burning stops within 60 seconds on a vertical specimen; no drips allowed; plaque specimens may not develop a hole.

 

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