Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I know if my paper is environmentally friendly?
The Robert Horne Group audits all its suppliers to ensure they are committed to environmental best practice. Furthermore, grades bearing environmental logos such as the Nordic White Swan, FSC or NAPM recycled loop have passed stringent environmental accreditation procedures.
- Can I use recycled paper in my office machines?
Yes, as long as they are guaranteed for the particular process that is to be used (copier, laser, inkjet etc). Glenmore Business Papers offers a range of suitable grades including Evolve.
- I am setting up a new sign shop and require some assistance with regard to cutting various materials?
Most thermoplastics can be easily sawn and drilled. Specific advice about saw blades and techniques are available in the manufacturers' handbooks. Please contact your local branch.
- We are producing some POS products manufactured from PET. Is this material suitable for screen-printing?
Yes, PET is ideal for screen-printing. For information about printing onto other material please contact your local branch
- I need to produce a menu holder from acrylic- can you help with the thermoforming properties for acrylic?
Our manufacturers produce comprehensive technical booklets, which will answer your questions. Please contact your local branch for a copy.
- For a signbox we are manufacturing I need to know the light transmission for the various opal acrylic materials you supply. Can you help?
Light transmission options for PERSPEX are opal 028 - 28% light transmission for 3mm and 5mm sheet only. PERSPEX opal 030 - 78% light transmission, PERSPEX opal 040 - 55%, PERSPEX opal 050 - 40% , PERSPEX opal 069 - 8% light transmission. For details on other materials please call your local Branch.
- Which material do you suggest for an external sign which must have an outdoor life of a least six years? Which material do you suggest for an external sign which must have an outdoor life of a least six years?
PERSPEX and Repsol cast acrylic offer guarantees against the adverse effects of weathering on colour fastness. There are many examples of corporate sign programmes, which have used these materials.
- I have an application for an anti-vandal screen, which has to withstand a high degree of impact. Which materials do you suggest?
Generally polycarbonate offers the greatest impact and is 250 times tougher than glass. Other criteria such as abrasion resistance may also need to be considered for your application, therefore coated polycarbonate (eg Lexan Margard), PETG or Impact modified acrylic could also be considered. Contact your local Branch for further information.
- I am concerned that cleaning solutions may damage a polycarbonate visor. Can you help with recommended cleaning materials?
If the polycarbonate is uncoated (eg Lexan 9030) always use a cotton pad with a mild detergent solution as the surface is susceptible to scratching There are many cleaning solutions on the market. Please call your local branch and they will advise you of the best cleaning methods for polycarbonate and other thermoplastics.
- I am currently working on a project where the fire performance of the thermoplastics I am considering is important . Which products offer the best resistance to fire?
Fire performance is measured by the British Standard BS476 (Surface Spread of Flame) where Class O is considered the best performance. Materials such as PVC and polycarbonate can achieve Class O rating. Materials such as acrylic offer Class 3 rating. Your local Branch will have specific details of the fire test and how the range of products we offer perform