Before working with Wisconsin Screen Process, I never realized how much Lexan, a material made of a rugged polycarbonate, is used. What is polycarbonate? Surprisingly enough, this substrate is actually seen everywhere from control panels on gym equipment to nameplates on a toolbox or even to the surface of a safety decal. While working at Wisconsin Screen Process, I have learned that the material is resistant to chemicals, abrasives, severe temperatures and it provides substantial, longstanding use. While durability is one of its benefits, adaptability is another since Lexan can be printed in a variety of colors, textures and methods of finishing.
Since the ink is generally printed sub-surface, it is protected from abrasions and damage due to chemicals. The material can be cut into nearly any shape for buttons or an area can be left un-printed for indicator lights to show through. In situations when the clear property of the material is not wanted, a white background either applied with adhesive or white ink can be used. Available in many thicknesses, Lexan is generally used for control panels, fire retardant labels, hazardous materials, instrument facings and overlays, inventory labels and asset tags, nameplates, product identification and information, and safety warnings.