SABIC Innovative Plastics has introduced a high-tech shield to help protect transit operators in Toronto. The shield, made of Lexan sheet and coated with the Exatec E900 advanced plasma technology, is made at Exatec’s facility in Wixom, Michigan, USA. The Toronto Transit Commission will equip its fleet with shields to help prevent assaults on TTC operators, which average one per day.
“From the outset of this program the TTC sought a collaborative supplier to create a maximum-protection bus enclosure with exceptional impact resistance, anti-abrasion performance, durability, and excellent clarity,” says Stephen Shuler, chief technology officer for Exatec. “Exatec’s expertise in automotive glazing and application development helped to provide a next generation, high-tech material and coating solution that not only enhances safety, but also provides drivers with a more open, spacious feel.”
Sabic says its shields are 50 percent lighter than glass and have more impact strength, resist abrasion better and will outlast acrylic-based panels.