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Signs come in different shapes, colors, symbols and words and are used to communicate messages. They can be created with: brass, bronze, stainless steel, aluminum and copper.

Creating signs are different for almost all customers. Signs are an important means of advertisement and could be located indoor or outdoor.

The production of signs can involve many different processes, depending on whether:

• The retro reflective sheeting uses a heat-sensitive or pressure-sensitive adhesive

• Whether silk screening etching or other coloring processes are used

Most signs however, undergo the following processing using heat sensitive adhesive:

• The sign blank is cut usually from a sheet of steel or aluminum using a metal shear machine or a band saw

• Corners are rounded using the rounding selection mode or punch machine

• Holes for mounting the signs are normally punched or drilled

• The blanks are then checked for any defects or contamination- as blanks should be free of grime for background sheeting to adhere properly

• The “Tape Snap” test checks for dirt-a piece of transparent cellophane tape is then applied to the dry blank surface and snapped up at a right angle. The presence of any color or particles on the tape is an indicator for contamination.

• Trace of oil or wax is tested by the “Waste Break” exercise- where water is poured over the blank surface should flow evenly and completely-beading action denotes contamination

• The blank service is then wiped with mineral spirits or naphtha to remove any trace of greasy fingerprints

• The service is then dried with lint-free cloth before the solution evaporates.

• The blank is then immersed in a bath of trichloroethylene or percholorethylene vapor. Some alkaline solutions can be used instead of the vapors in the bath process. Water rinse after this process is not necessary.

• The shape of the sign is traced on to a wallboard, which is then a\laid on top of the sheet (depending on the material used), secured and nailed.

• The band saw follows the pattern and cut the sheet

• Letters and symbols are punched by using a “clicker” press, and cutting die, which operates similar to a cookie-cutter is placed in the machine to produce the desired characters.

• The adhesive liner on the back of the background sheeting is then removed with a singular motion and the sheeting is then applied to the dry blank surface.

• The sign is then cranked through a large squeeze-squeeze roller applicator. Any air bubbles trapped between the sheeting and blank are removed with this process.

• The edges are then trimmed.

• The sign is then placed in a heat lamp vacuum applicator for approximately one minute and is removed and allowed to cool before the sign copy and border are placed on the sign.

• A squeeze roller or hand roller is used over the copy to remove bubbles.

• Finally, the sign is covered with a plastic slip -sheet and again placed in the heat lamp vacuum applicator for another minute.

There are certain factors to consider when planning on purchasing signs:

Materials – sign materials come in different qualities. One should start with an inquiry about their durability when comparing quotes. Warranties for materials can also serve as beneficial to support high quality materials.

Consider the following when designing a sign:

• Distance the viewer will be from the sign

• Sign height

• Lights

• Sign expected wear and tear to ensure the proper materials are used

Choosing a company – locate one that specializes in the type of signmaterials desired. Also, choosing people who are knowledgeable aboutissues surrounding the project, can greatly impact on the type of sign that is created.

Zoning regulations – type or size of sign that maybe erected

Pricing – costs depend on size, material, color and content

Allow for updates if needed – look for a design that is easy to update or change.
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