Is your company producing commercial cooling displays for supermarkets, department stores, restaurants, catering companies or grocery stores? Then you know that those displays have to present the products of your customers in an optimal way. The type of glazing material is a key factor. Are you still using glass or acrylate? There are better alternatives…..
SAN (styrene acrylonitrile) or PC (polycarbonate) are more logical choices for the glazing in your cooling displays and show-cases. When combined with the right type of coating, of course. Coating is a technique in which a thin layer of transparent liquid is applied to the material. Coating improves the mechanical and optical properties, without affecting the other benefits.
For this application where cold air, warm air and heavy usage meet, we recommend you to coat your refrigerated cabinets / doors with our food approved AS (anti-scratch) and/or AF (anti-fog) hardcoats.
SAN is a styrene polymer, PC a technical polymer. But what makes those two plastics in combination with the right type of coating a better choice?
SAN & PC vs glass
Weight -> lower transportation costs and easier to install on site: The specific gravity of SAN is only 1.08 g/cm3, PC 1.20 g/cm3 vs glass 2.50 g/cm3. That’s >50% lighter!
Better insulation -> lower energy consumption: Because plastic insulates better than glass.
Your cooling display must therefore work less hard in order to keep its products on the right temperature. Resulting in lower energy consumption and therefore lower energy costs for your customer.
Stronger -> less damage & replacement costs: PC is much stronger than glass and therefore it is less likely that your customer will be confronted with user damage (by scoot mobiles, for example).
Better optical quality because of scratch and/or fog resistant coatings -> less replacement costs: You can optimize the optical quality of your cooling displays by using food approved AS anti-scratch and/or AF anti-fog coatings.
SAN & PC vs PMMA/acrylate
Less moisture absorption -> lasting optical quality: The major drawback of PMMA is its moisture sensibility. This will allow the doors in your refrigerated cabinets to swell, which will affect the optical quality. By using SAN or PC your customer won’t face this problem.
Weight -> lower transportation costs and easier to install on site: SAN is even lighter than PMMA/acrylate: the specific gravity of SAN is only 1.08 g/cm3 vs PMMA/acrylate 1.18 g/cm3.
Stronger -> less damage & replacement costs: PC is far more impact resistant in comparison with PMMA/acylate.
AS/AF coated SAN or PC: a logical choice for the glazing of your cooling displays and show-cases
Interested in learning more about the benefits of SAN and PC as plastic material for your commercial cooling displays and how coatings can optimize your optical presentation?
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