Sign manufacturing . . . exactly what kind of a sign do you need?
Signage systems are visually influenced information and fact systems containing signs, maps, symbols, color coding techniques, images, logos, and various other distinctive elements. Signage systems are different from alternative methods of information display, because they are ordinarily used to direct people’s passage through the bricks-and-mortar world we all live in. The act of following a signage system is called wayfinding, signposting, or waysigning. Examples are the road signs along the interstate, or the signage system that can help you find your way inside a large mall or airport. Any collection of associated signs are considered to be a signage system.
In a world of multilingual and multicultural travel, signs become more and more dependent on images as opposed to words. This is also the situation in societies in which there’s a very low literacy rate.
Signage systems are used in both indoor as well as exterior advertising. Just for outdoor advertising, there are more than 100 different advertising formats. The total outdoor advertising in 2008 regarding the United States alone was almost $7 billion in annual revenues. We’re talking about a very, very significant industry. How can I possibly discuss all formats? I cannot.
A few of the more common formats are listed below. These are sign manufacturing formats that are prevalent for interior, exterior, industrial, private, signage systems, as well as one-offs, or custom made signs. Some are clearly only for exterior purposes.
Billboards . . .
A billboard is a large outdoor advertising structure generally situated in very good traffic areas. They are meant to present your advertising to drivers more so than the general public. The sales message is large and many times amusing or humorous. Usually, an advertiser will not create these signs, but rather rent them.
Banners . . .
A banner sign is a flag or cloth displaying a symbol, logo, slogan, or message. They’re generally fabricated for industrial use on a vinyl or plastic. In recent times they’ve expanded in size due to the increased access and technology of ultra-wide format printing. A banner is usually viewed as a non permanent sign.
Digital LED, LCD, or Plasma Signs . . .
A digital sign comes in many formats. They’re usually an information sign which can be updated on a frequent basis. They’re normally stand alone applications which are controlled and updated with computer software. Network applications are available. This kind of sign isn’t a part of the sign manufacturing process unless it is a component of a much larger system.
LED’s are sometimes engineered into the various types of lighted signage.
Channel Lettering . . .
Aluminum is the most frequent material used for sign manufacturing of channel letters because it won’t corrode. This aluminum channel is the basis for the shape of the letter. The sides of the channel letter are also generally made from aluminum creating a container the shape of the letter. The letter container is usually painted and fitted for any lighting components. LED s, or neon gas tubes are usually the illumination source when lighted. A trim capped edge is installed on a translucent plastic face that’s been cut to the very same shape as the letter. This edge gives the letter face a good finished look and also an easy method of fastening the face to the letter shaped container.
Built Up and Flat Lettering
Manufacturing signs utilizing built up or flat lettering are generally a more affordable alternative. A built up letter usually is hollow inside, much like channel lettering. It is manufactured using a fabricated technique that simulates a very thick letter, and is constructed all out of the same material. This gives it a solid, non hollow look. If it is made out of stainless steel, it will appear to be a solid stainless steel letter. Flat letters can be manufactured in lots of different ways, and out of many different materials. Probably the most prevalent and affordable method is to waterjet cut the letters from the desired material. Some materials will need to be powder coated or painted, where other materials such as brushed stainless, aluminum, or brass, or many of the various kinds of plastics will not require a secondary process. Because of the material expense to cut thick letters with a waterjet, a thin sheet of marine grade brushed metal is usually glued to a polyurethane backing, and then waterjet cut. Injection molded letters are also readily available, but usually lessen your font choices.
Neon signs . . .
Sign Manufacturing of neon lights, when processed properly, earn the “long life” award for lighted signs. They can be expected to last a large number of years, or even many decades. A great neon sign maker adjusts in time from a good craftsman to a fantastic artist. Creating the glass tubing requires so much custom labor, they would not be economical if they did not last for a really long time. The single biggest reason behind their longevity is the fact that they do not use a wire filament as do fluorescent tubes.
The gas, neon, glows bright red or reddish orange when lighted. In order to get a wide range of additional colors, the gas, argon, is combined with a drop of mercury. The droplet of mercury vaporizes. This mercury vapor produces an ultraviolet light which creates the numerous color options, depending on which UV sensitive phosphors have been coated on the interior of the tube. Helium may also be added to the argon gas for installations in frigid locations.
The continuous bent tubing will not appear to be individual letters if it’s totally lit except the eye is tricked. Block out paint is used to paint the regions of the tube that needs to not glow. A person’s eye does not see the block out paint once the neon light is lit. For the untrained eye, it looks like distinct tubes.
Interior and Exterior Wall Signs . . .
Sign manufacturing involving wall signs are very “material-type” dependent. Will the sign be made of paper, plastic, wood, glass, stone, or metal? The sign manufacturing course of action depends upon the material type being utilized. Will the sign be screen printed, etched, sandblasted, engraved, or cut out? Will the letters of the sign function as the positive image or the negative image? Will they be individually built-up letters? Will they be channel letters?
Vehicle Wraps and Truck Lettering . . .
Wrap advertising is the sign manufacturing process of totally or partly wrapping a car or truck in an advertisement, in effect creating a mobile billboard. In days gone by, the car or truck was painted, but nowadays we use vinyl lettering and/or large vinyl sheets. Vinyl instead of paint can make it much easier and less costly to change or remove. Obviously, large, flat areas are less difficult to wrap than small curved surfaces. Complete vehicle wraps require a lot of skill and expertise. Partial wraps are not nearly as challenging.
Murals . . .
Murals are similar to vehicle wraps. The use of ultra-wide format printers have taken hand-painted murals of the last decade and brought them into the digital age. Hand-painted signage is a fading art in the commercial signage arena.
Signage in one form or another is centuries old. However, modern sign manufacturing entails many technologies and processes unavailable a century ago.
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