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Retroglo® Data Sheet
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RetroGlo nighttime safety yarn          3M Scotchlite Reflective Material

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CHARACTERISTICS

RetrogloŽ has approximately 50,000 minute glass beads to the square inch, reflecting light back to a light source, such as a car's headlights. The driver sitting behind the headlights immediately sees the reflected light and is alerted to the wearer ahead.

RetrogloŽ in clothing reflects light making the wearer more visible at nighttime. Joggers, walkers, bicycle riders, highway workers, etc. are a few examples. RetrogloŽ can be woven, braided or knit into fabrics or into trim to be applied to fabric. In either use, RetrogloŽ provides enhanced nighttime visibility without destroying the aesthetic appearance of the fabric.

COLORS

Silver

CONSTRUCTION

To add strength, 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Film is laminated in wide rolls on either one or both sides of a polyester film. The wide rolls are slit to narrow widths to make RetrogloŽ yarns which have a rectangular cross section. The width, which has the retro reflective surface, is always wider than the thickness.

When wound on spools, the width lays flat, but Metlon is unable to control which side is up. During the process of slitting, RetrogloŽ may turn over and the opposite side will be up. This is particularly important to users of RetrogloŽ Style 2P1, which only has the retro reflective surface on one side, as they must find some way to keep the retro reflective surface up in their finished product. Many of our customers are able to control this and those who cannot, use two-sided RetrogloŽ.

During slitting, Metlon occasionally encounters end breaks. The only way which Metlon can fix end breaks is by putting knots into the material. As a result, customer may encounter knots in the slit spools of RetrogloŽ.

The slit edges of RetrogloŽ will tend to stick to one another under pressure. For this reason, spools of RetrogloŽ are wound softly. If it is necessary to rewind the RetrogloŽ onto braider bobbins, cones, beams, etc., it should be wound softly to avoid sticking and possible delamination during unwinding.

NONSUPPORTED STYLE

Standard widths 1/69", 1/32", 1/23". Other sizes slit to order.
Put up is on plastic spools
Style 2P1 - 3M™ 8712 laminated to one side of 2 mil clear polyester
Style 2P2 - 3M™ 8712 laminated to both sides of 2 mil clear polyester
Style 1P2 - 3M™ 8712 laminated to both sides of 1mil clear polyester

STRENGTH AND ELONGATION (Based on 2P2 1/69")

Elongation: 35 - 40%
Breaking Strength: 250 grams
Yield Point: 15 - 20 grams
Note: Even though beads are in an elastic bond, excess stretching may loosen the bond.

COMPOSITION

Style 2P1

Style 2P2

Polyester

27. 5%

16. 0%

Glass Beads

50. 5%

59. 0%

Phenolic Resin

11. 0%

12. 5%

Urethane Adhesive

11. 0%

12. 5%

SHELF LIFE

The components used to make RetrogloŽ, polyester film and 3M™ 8712, have an indefinite life under ideal conditions. However, excessive exposure to a number of conditions such as wear, high heat, salt water, etc., will shorten the life of RetrogloŽ.

DRY CLEANING AND LAUNDERING

Professional dry cleaning should be done with perchlorethylene. Laundering should be by hand, or machine launder at less than 125 degrees F. Very hot water will weaken the urethane adhesive bead bond. Avoid bleach or soaps containing bleach.

IRONING

Treat like all synthetics and use lowest setting on iron.

WET PROCESSING

Preferably dyed yarn construction should be used. Dyeing is not recommended because of high processing
temperature.
Bleaching will reduce yarn life.

AVOID

Acetone and solvent type chemicals.
High heats over 300 degrees F. cause accelerated deterioration of bead bond.

NOTE

Only limited tests have been run at this time and users should conduct tests to determine the suitability of Retroglo® in their product.

Retroglo® is the registered trademark for Metlon's retro reflective yarn.
3M™ and Scotchlite™ are trademarks of 3M.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE

All statements, technical information and recommendations contained herein are based on test we believe to be reliable, but the accuracy or completeness thereof is not guaranteed, and the following is made in lieu of all warranties, express or implied.
Sellers and manufacturers only obligation shall be to replace such quantity of the product proved to be defective. Neither seller nor manufacturer shall be liable for any injury, loss or damage, direct or consequential, arising out of the use of or the inability to use the product. Before using, user shall determine the suitability of the product for his / her intended use, and user assumes all risk and liability whatsoever in connection therewith.
Statements or recommendations not contained herein shall have no force or effect unless in an agreement signed by officers of seller and manufacturer.

 

 

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