Perspex Distribution Ltd

Alupanel being made A multi-coloured Fort Dunlop Sign outside examples of PVC foam signs designed with wide format printers

Luke Martyn, Marketing Manager at Perspex Distribution Ltd, notes that the rise in the use of LED lighting in signage can be beneficial for the end-user, but can also be the cause of many mistakes if not utilised correctly by sign makers.

“Many sign makers are now working with LEDs in house rather than subcontracting this work out,” he explains. “Mistakes using LEDs often leave either  'hotspots' of light where the LEDs are placed too closely to the substrate, or shadows because the light doesn't reach all parts of the sign.” One way to circumvent these issues would be to use purpose-built products like the range Sloan LED signage modules, available from Perspex Distribution. Sign makers will be able to discuss their plans for installation with LED Experts, who can produce schematic drawings to guide the installation of LED modules for even illumination. “We also sell Perspex Spectrum LED, which is specifically designed cast acrylic to diffuse light over the sheet enabling thinner sign depths and bright signs,” adds Luke.

When it comes to choosing the right substrate, the intended application is a key factor in knowing what to pick. When choosing sheets for outdoor signage, sign makers may want to consider Perspex®, which comes with a 10-year guarantee for external use and is therefore suitable for long term outdoor applications. For signage to be developed with wide format printing, there are two purpose-built materials from Perspex that are suited to the job. “Our Palight PVC Foam and Alupanel Aluminium Composite have both been developed specifically for wide format to enable clearer detail on signage,” reveals Luke. For example, Alupanel is now produced with an ultra-white surface for optimum print adhesion.”

Available in a wide range of colours, this material can be used for a number of different projects. And now, in a first for the UK print market, it will now be possible to purchase UK-manufactured aluminium composite sheets as Perspex Distribution stocks the Alupanel® aluminium composite made at a new production facility in Kent. “This local supply chain ensures optimum quality control from raw material to end products as well as fast availability for special requirements,” says Luke. “This is key in today’s fast moving market, and helps us support customer strategies for reliable stock availability from distribution partners.”

To learn more, visit www.perspex.co.uk .


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PaperlinX Visual Technology Solutions

Sign on the front of a building using Altuglas A shelter made with Lexan Polycarbonate instead of glass Patterned roof window made with Lexan polycarbonate pop up book

Frank Moran, Managing Director at PaperlinX Visual Technology Solutions, reveals the biggest mistake a sign manufacturer can make is opting for the wrong materials for the job.

While it may seem like an easy one to avoid, sign makers are often lured towards lower quality products on account of the lower price point. Ultimately, this can lead to a poor quality job that rules out the chance of any repeat business, and can actually end up costing the sign maker money rather than saving it. “We always advise sign makers to use your supplier to help find the best fit for the sign,” Frank explains. “Talk to them and get their specialist teams to support you in the selection process.”

There are many factors to be taken into consideration when it comes to picking materials, the cost being chief among them. Aside from budget, Frank reveals that sign makers should consider the purpose of the material, the type of sign, and installation among other factors when selecting sheet materials. “Sign makers have to look at installation criteria, for example height, exposure, whether it’s an indoor or outdoor sign, fire certification, if it is to be illuminated or not and its expected service life,” he says. “Speed of manufacture, the sign maker’s equipment, physical size of the job and general capabilities also have to be considered.”

The requirements from the end-user will also contribute to deciding which materials are suitable, and as such Frank recommends discussing things like corporate social responsibility objectives to help narrow down the options, as this will determine whether or not an environmentally friendly product is required. With many businesses looking to reduce their carbon footprint, offering signs made on recyclable, environmentally-friendly materials can help win contracts.

As an increasing number of clients are looking to integrate LED illumination into signage, Frank also recommends talking through the desired effect of the sign to make sure the design meets the mark. “Adding in LED illumination by modules can really enhance signage. For example, ‘halo’ and ‘shadow’ creates a stunning sign effect,” he says. “The right LED option can maximise light, minimise sign running costs and reduce signbox manufacture times - a benefit for everybody. And, Lumex polyesters print fantastically well on UV printers if the design calls for this.”

Examining the available options

When it comes to selecting the right sheet materials, there’s no shortage of products from which to choose.

Indeed, the many new products and improved materials present a plethora of options, which can often make selecting the right sheet confusing. Frank has numerous recommendations when it comes to favourite products, including Altuglas acrylic. It comes in numerous colours, and with high-quality effects such as ultra-bright or soft fluorescents, which perform particularly well when enhanced by LED lighting. Altuglas Night and Day is a great option for signage that needs to be clear and visible 24/7. The material, available in four colour combinations, adapts to the light conditions to be for example black during day when it’s bright outside, and light at night to illuminate the darkness. This versatile product is UV-resistant, and can be thermoformed for use in even complicated sign designs. “Altuglas also has a large colour range in constant light transmission (transparent, translucent and opaque) including the latest product range of LED opal and colours,” adds Frank.

For sign applications that require a high level of brightness and a Class 1 fire rating, Frank recommends the Lexan SG305OB (Sign Grade) polycarbonate sheets. “They’re very good to print directly on to,” he says. Reynobond and Skybond ACM are versatile choices that print well and can even be 3D shaped. Finally, Frank recommends Foamalux Foam PVC on account of it being a great multi-purpose material.

Getting the perfect finish after cutting the material is equal parts skill and selecting the right tools. While certain substrates can be cut and finished by hand with a hand-held router, others work best with a CNC router, such as ACM, foam PVC, polyesters, acrylics and polycarbonates. To get a clean cut and professional finish, Frank advises working from a smart design and layout on high-quality products. “Source quality materials from a reliable supplier, don’t use a live job to practise on, and don’t rush it!”

When it comes to selecting the right self-adhesive for digital printing, Frank recommends giving consideration to the application and the choice of vinyl to avoid expensive mistakes and wastage. “All too often corners are cut to save pennies,” he says. “When it comes to finishing and applying a digital print, there some new and innovative products that make the job much easier, even for the complete novice. Examples of this are Window Grab, Easy Dot and Ultraflat.”

Ultimately, getting the right finish starts with getting your project off to the right start. Researching the many new (and existing) sheet materials available will help you select the right type for the job at hand, even if it means parting with a few extra pennies to get the best products available. “Ask your materials supplier for advice,” advises Frank. “Stretch the budget, pay a bit more for quality - it makes for a much better end result.”

To learn more, visit www.paperlinx.co.uk.

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All print supplies

Banner attached to a crowd barrierFabrics Swatch samples Butterfly flag stand outside

Peter Miles, Textile Product Specialist at All Print Supplies, notes that improvement in materials has opened up more possibilities for sign makers to not only create eye-catching, high-quality signage, but do so for less.

In addition to being easier to ship due to the lightweight nature of the product, a number of fabrics are now crease-free and washable too, providing greater flexibility and longevity. “Many fabric solutions such as the spider frame also allow installation to be completed by the end-user, further saving time and money,” says Peter. “Therefore, sometimes the only cost from a logistic perspective is shipping a jiffy bag containing the print, rather than a large parcel and then specialist installation.”

This ease of transportation and installation proves particularly helpful when dealing with large graphics, which are increasingly in demand as the type of clients using this signage continues to vary.

Selecting the right fabric

Finding the right fabric to bring a  banner or flag to life is important to ensure rich colour reproduction and longevity of the product, something the team at All Print Supplies advise sign makers to focus in the early stages. Primarily important is the compatibility of the inks and media, advises Peter.

“Fabrics come with a variety of coatings applied to suit different end user applications, for example - flags, backlit displays, hanging banners and so on. It’s important to ensure the fabric has the right coating for the printer you are using and for the end user’s desired application.”

To ensure a high quality of print every time, the All Print Supplies Research + Development team work extensively to test various fabric, printer and ink combinations to ensure maximum compatibility and performance for a wide variety of applications.  Once the banner is printed, sign makers should then consider how it’s going to be finished, taking into account things like whether it will be hot cut or cold cut. “The majority of woven uncoated fabrics will naturally want to fray,” explains Peter, “but this can be overcome by hot cutting. However if you don’t have this facility, we recommend always stitching and taping hems to prevent this from happening.”
 
To learn more, visit www.allprint.co.uk.

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Roland DG

Roland Pro4 640-printerSoft signs hanging from the ceiling of a building

With more sign makers turning their attention to soft signage, there has been a spike in the sales of wide format printers designed to print onto these substrates at Roland DG (UK).

“Launched in 2013, our SOLJET Pro4 XF-640 wide format printer, nicknamed The Beast, has already become a popular choice for sign makers printing soft signage banners and flags,” says Rob Goleniowski, Business Manager of Sign & Graphics.  “It has tremendous production capacity – printing at speeds of up to 102m²/hr, making it ideal for high volume production or on-demand requirements.”  The VersaART RE-640 has remained another popular choice, growing over the years to become one of the most robust and cost-effective solutions for both textile and vinyl banner production. Retailing for under £10,000, this printer has become a staple for many sign makers looking for what Rob describes as a “flexible and robust production workhorse.”

The SOLJET Pro4 XF-640 and VersaART RE-640 can print both dye sublimation for textiles and materials and EcoSolvent for PVB banners. Combining ease of use, low running costs and reliability, these printers provide a high return on investment for sign makers. According to Rob, Roland’s success in the soft signage market can be attributed to providing sign makers with this sort of versatility. “We are one of the few manufacturers that can offer a complete solution,” he explains, pointing out that Roland DG offers everything from the hardware, software and inks that are used to create flags and banners.

Rob points out that despite its popularity elsewhere on the continent over the past few years, soft signage and flags have only recently started enjoying the same level of success in the UK. Until recently banners had been deemed by many as a niche market, but with businesses looking to diversify and gain a competitive edge, many are now adding banners to the roster. The increased focus on greener solutions and materials has also led many sign makers to explore this sector. “In line with this, manufacturers have also been working hard to improve the environmental credentials of their technologies by developing machines with lower carbon footprints, power consumptions and ink costs; and the greater availability of recyclable materials has boosted this further,” adds Rob.  And as higher shipping and logistics costs have made the delivery of traditional signage more expensive, it has become mutually beneficial for sign makers and clients to opt for more lightweight soft signage solutions such as fabric banners rather than PVC to keep costs down.

What to look for when venturing into the banners and flags market

When considering moving into soft signage, there are number of factors sign makers should take into account. Printing onto soft substrates, for example, can require different machinery to what’s already in place. “No one wide format machine will do it all,” says Rob, “however, there are some very flexible wide format technologies available today so ensure you invest in a machine that can grow as the company grows to provide you with maximum return on your investment.” And as is the case with all jobs, investing in high-quality machinery and materials will ensure the best possible outcome. “Don’t just go for the best price at the point of purchase – it’s a false economy and many sign makers out there will tell you exactly that.” Choosing reliable and robust products will enable companies to print, finish and fit banners with the confidence to know that the quality and vibrancy of the colour and the fabric will remain over time.

From retail and POS to events, festivals and general corporate signage, banners and flags can be utilised across a number of sectors, and open up doors to countless possibilities when it comes to sourcing new business.

To learn more, visit www.rolanddg.com

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Signs Express Ltd - Soft signage

Promotional banner hanging outside the York Dungeons Feather shaped flags for the council standing along a path

Rebecca Dack, Marketing & PR Manager with Signs Express Ltd., has seen the range of applications for banners vary significantly over recent years.
 
Retailers and events have traditionally utilised banners and continue to do so, but there are a number of other sectors that are now choosing this method of promotion.

“Local authorities and the public sector are using this medium more than ever before to promote their initiatives, and even as a more permanent form of branding,” says Rebecca. “Many local councils have recognised the advertising opportunity available by dressing the lamp posts on the high street with soft signage as forms of sponsorship for festivals, ‘in bloom’ competitions and city of culture.” In addition to demand from local councils, Signs Express franchises have reported demand from construction companies, retail parks as well as exhibition and conference centres across the UK.

So why are so many sectors branching out? Perhaps one reason is the improvements made in the substrates used to create the banners themselves. No longer relegated to exclusively indoor use, banners and flags can be created on a wide number of materials including those lightweight enough to create temporary hoardings, scaffolding wraps as well as portable displays used for short term promotions and events. “The development of die sublimation materials has given a new dynamic to soft signage, making it more attractive to the customer,” says Rebecca.

Another factor could be attributed to market research, as an increasing number of clients are realising the potential of inexpensive, temporary signage. “Customers recognise that movement attracts attention, and so are utilising temporary solutions to attract business,” says Rebecca, revealing that many customers are also choosing soft signage as a way to dress their premises through the selection of more ornate and decorative fixing methods.

Choosing the right soft signage

While more and more banners and flags can be found on lampposts and hanging elsewhere outdoors, not all substrates are suited to these conditions. Sign makers should be sure to clarify with the client whether the banner is intended for indoor or outdoor use, as well as what it is going to be fixed to. Having a clear idea of the fixing system will help keep maintenance to a minimum, even when changing the signage. “Once a tensioning system is in place, the sign maker only needs to replace the skin for each new message, keeping overall costs down but ensuring that the temporary messages are securely fixed,” says Rebecca. “Getting a clear understanding of the customer’s needs is vital, as a short-term promotion will affect the material choice and cost accordingly. “

To manage client expectations and price the project accurately, Rebecca recommends asking a number of key questions to ensure the job is done right and to increase the chances of repeat business:

 ·    How long is the campaign? This is what will determine the material and methods used.
 ·    Where and when this will be installed? Establish the fixing methods required for adequate tensioning.
 ·    Is it free moving (eg. a flag)? The anchor points need to be correct to ensure secure fixing and to avoid uneven wear and tear.  

Sign makers also need to ask the customer if they have the necessary permissions to install the signage – otherwise the job will be rendered useless!  
 
To learn more, visit www.signsexpress.co.uk.

Promotional teardrop flags standing on a pathwayPromotional banner hanging from the side of an art gallery

 

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Fairfield displays

Butterfly track what signs can be hung fromA hanging Dulux sign in there shoppromotional sign hanging from the ceililng

Janice Fairfield, Marketing Director at Fairfield Display & Lighting, notes that banners have become not only a more cost-effective option for end-users, but also for sign makers as well.

Growth in technology in recent years has prompted more and more sign makers to take an interest in this market, as it’s no longer an expensive or time-consuming process to create flags and banners. “Because it’s become cheaper to make banners, they can be offered to customers at much lower prices,” says Janice.    

Creating the ideal banner requires the sign maker to take a proactive approach to the initial enquiry, ensuring to ask all the right questions to maximise the chances of ongoing contracts. “A good idea would to offer a price that includes four changes of posters or banners throughout the year, this way the client can be locked in,” advises Janice.

When it comes to conducting these changes, there are a number of tools to make it easy to swap banners in and out, including some new user-friendly systems available from Fairfield.

Putting sign makers in control

Fairfield Displays has just launched Signware, an extensive range for hanging and displaying banners.  

The range includes a profile called Anogotcha, which will hold banners and posters up to 2mm thick.  The profiles are made in 3 metre lengths and can be further customised by sign makers to suit the needs of the job.  With profiles available in colours such as silver aluminium or black, sign makers have control over the size and style of the banner display system to accommodate a wide variety of requests.

“One reason these profiles are incredibly useful is because the aluminium is robust and does not bow, so it looks elegant and will hold even large graphics firmly in place,” says Janice. The system enables banners to be displayed in foyers, theatres, retail stores, schools and public buildings, and so can work well for a number of clients.

Another reason the Signware range is beneficial for sign makers is the fact that it’s been designed for speed.  Utilised by a House of Fraser branch in the Midlands, the system allows staff to change the banners across the entire sales floor in just a few hours using the RoPole tool, which will lift the poster straight up to the ceiling and clip straight into the ceiling grid or the Signware ceiling mount. As poles are available in up to a 6-metre length, they’re ideal for use in retail buildings or restaurants. The Nickken retractable cord system, also available in the Signware line, enables users to simply change graphics by pulling the cord with a pole.

The third system is the Zipline™, which is great for large rollouts during which clients need to hang the same size banner from different ceiling heights.  
“This system allows you to drop a cable down and lock it into the position required without cutting anything,” reveals Janice.  “The added advantage is that if the follow-up campaign has posters of different sizes, it does not matter.  This is an inexpensive gadget that can clip straight into a false ceiling grid.”

To learn more, visit www.fairfielddisplays.co.uk

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Fairfield displays - Not all fixtures are the same

Store front window with fairfields LED light displayed

Janice Fairfield, Marketing Director of Fairfield Displays & Lighting, notes that there are numerous types of fittings available, ranging in the number of parts, materials and finishes. All sign fixings are not the same – which can be made apparent if used in a single installation.

“I have frequently seen buildings with a real mismatch of fittings from different suppliers, and the co-ordination of the scheme has been completely spoilt,” says Janice. “The way a sign is fixed to the wall can make a tremendous difference to the visual appearance and the perceived value of the sign.  Sign makers are always looking at ways to increase profit, and simply using a professional looking sign fixing can make a huge difference.”

Fixings may appear to be just a perfunctory part of sign installation, but opting for the right part for the job at hand can make a significant difference to not only the finished look, but also ease of installation. Fixings can be made in two parts or three parts, with three-part fixings offering many benefits to sign makers. “One huge advantage is that they are so much easier to fix,” says Janice. “The back section is a brass boss, which is quick and easy to screw to the wall. It will take up to a no.10 screw, which means you can get a good fixing in a brick or breeze block wall.” As the fixing can be implemented without using a screwdriver, it’s a useful choice when working on ladders and is a quick and easy option for most signage jobs. When working with wooden display panels or doors, small, two-part fixings are ideal. “The hole size will vary from supplier to supplier, but they normally start from around a no.6 to a no. 8 screw size,” says Janice.

Suspended banners in window front

Suspended cable vs. standoff fixings

The two types of primary fixings are standoff, which holds a sign away from a wall, and suspended cable, which can hang signs from numerous different surfaces. These two primary fixings can help create very different finished effects, and can be used in a number of different settings.

A standoff fixing holds a sign away from a wall, and can be used indoors to create signage in places like reception areas, and outdoors to promote things like menus. Small and large signs can easily be fitted with standoffs, and are supplied from 12mm diameter up to 25mm diameter, and in depths from 14mm up to 75mm.

Standoffs are versatile and easy to use, and can be used in conjunction with a single sign or mounted on a wall in a group to create directory signage. “Standoffs are used when you need a fixed position sign which can be mounted to a flat wall, desk or display unit,” says Janice. “One advantage of using this type of fixing is that it is easy to change a sign at a later date. Another is the overall appearance; as the sign is away from the wall, dust will drop down behind which means it will always remain smart and clean. Standoffs are a great way to turn an ordinary wall mounted sign into something that looks absolutely stunning compared to an ordinary screw, which gets rusty.”

Suspended cable systems (also referred to as rod systems) are a great choice when it comes to fixing multiple signs, giving the end user more control and flexibility.

A suspended cable doesn’t need to be fixed to a flat wall, and can be hung instead from a number of surfaces.  This system works well for a multi-sign project, as well as in cases where the sign may need to be changed frequently. Removing and replacing a fixed sign is time-consuming, and can leave behind holes and other structural damage in the process. A suspended sign, however, can be simply swapped in and out while being hung at any height on the vertical cables or rods. “In cases where information is constantly changing, opt for an acrylic pocket, and then signs and graphics can be dropped in without the need to use any tools.  The cheaper it is to change the sign, the more opportunities there are for repeat business,” affirms Janice.

Quality is key

As with most signage components, cheaply made fittings are likely to break sooner, and those that don’t will age and make the overall signage look old and untidy over time.

“Cheap fittings tend to be made from aluminium, while quality fittings are made from solid brass and are finished in an elegant satin chrome or high gloss polished chrome,” says Janice. “While aluminum standoffs or cables may look similar, they will have a much shorter life span and are not suitable for use in a moist environment, as the dampness can affect the threads. Something as simple as damp umbrellas being stored in reception could affect the them, which is why if these fittings come with  guarantee at all, it’s only usually for one year.” Brass fittings, on the other hand, have quality smooth threads that come with a lifetime guarantee, and are easy to replace to keep signage looking fresh and polished for years.

At Fairfield, Janice is noticing that clients are demanding more from even simple signage and display units. “Lighting is becoming more and more integrated even in very basic signage – it’s now extremely easy to add a touch of sparkle by using LEDs.” These lights can be used behind panels mounted with standoffs to add an attractive glow, or alternatively sign makers can clip LED Light Pockets™ to a cable or rod system to create an illuminated sign at any height, without any complicated wiring.

To learn more, visit www.fairfielddisplays.com.


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Signgeer

A Pizazz mount sign over a old sign to make it look nicer and newerpark with sign in the corner held on by signgeer productRed Eyepro 2 manual machineRow of Pizazz Multimounts bolts in different colours

In addition to offering a wide range of tools to assist sign makers with installation, Signgeer also stocks a variety of fixtures and fittings suitable for supporting both interior and exterior signage.

One of the newer additions to the roster is a fixing that holds signage to chain-link fences, aptly named the “Fence Fix.” Developed over the past twelve months, the durable fixing can be adjusted to fit any size fence, is totally reusable, and can be connected to most fencing types including Bastion V Type, chain-link, Heras and mesh. The system works well for common types of outdoor signage such as banners, but is not the only option sign makers have when it comes to fixing soft signage.

“At Signgeer, we have developed our own heavy duty Eyepro 2 manual machine, the only one of it’s kind on the market that gives users the option to fix metal or UV stable plastic eyelets into banners or korrex,” says Louise Gardener, Managing Director of Signgeer. “The plastic eyelets are available in black, white or a clear finish, and are more cost-effective than your traditional metal eyelets.”

To avoid the colours of the eyelets and the colours on the banner clashing, an increasing number of sign makers are opting for Signgeer’s clear fixings. But for those wanting to inject some additional colour into their signage, there are a number of unique standoff locators available that can provide a distinctive finishing touch.

Create a colourful finished project  

Signgeer are distributors of the highly successful Pizazz Multi and Mono Mount standoff locators, which allow sign makers to layer different materials with a stand off of up to 50mm. These fixings are available in a number of different textures and colours, enabling the user to create interesting signage that spares no attention to detail. With prices starting from just £1 a fixing, the Pizazz standoff locators are a cost-effective and practical solution, especially when dealing with the installation of a bespoke project.

“They’re manufactured from UV stable resin and high-quality sold brass rod, and come in a range of 11 colours in matte or gloss as well as in your standard chrome and brass and aluminium finishes,” reveals Louise. In fact, Signgeer has over 150 combinations of Pizazz Mono and Multi Mounts in stock, making it easy for sign makers to find something to suit the needs of almost any project. “We also offer traditional and standard aluminium posts and clips, Velcro, colour headed screws, and snap caps, plus Signgeer’s own manufactured range of stainless steel fixings for hanging signs.”
 
 For more information, visit www.signgeer.com.

 


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HNS Signs Ltd - Tricks of the trade

Photo of michelle henry MD of HNS signsThis hospital has been cut in the shape of an ambulance, and hung with high bonded tape so there are no visible fixture or fittings A roll of cardylon wire used for hanging heavy signsA collection of crimps used for hanging signs

Michelle Henry, MD of HNS Signs Ltd, is a third-generation sign maker. While Michelle uses a number of industry-specific tools when it comes to fitting signage, she also relies on some tricks of the trade passed down from her Grandfather to get an impressive finish.
 
Hanging large, heavy signs can require the use of sturdy chains, which although do the job, aren’t always the most aesthetically pleasing.
 
To circumvent the use of chains when fitting heavy signage, Michelle’s Grandfather utilised none other than fishing tackle. He was responsible for fitting suspended signs in hospitals, vicinities in which visible chains weren’t desirable. Kent & Co Ltd, a Liverpool-based manufacturer of rope and twine produced a trace wire that could be used instead. Doubling nicely from its intended use for angling, the trace wire was the perfect solution in the 1980s, and still works for signage application today.

Like her Grandfather before her, Michelle and the team at HNS Signs work extensively with hospital signage. “Hospitals make up about 70% of our workload; in fact, we are currently looking at re-signing 80 different hospital sites in the Midlands area. We use this stainless steel wire along with crimps and ceiling clips to fit signs of up to 45kgs,” says Michelle. “This is almost invisible, but is essential for the NHS as it can withstand deep cleaning. Kent & Co also have a translucent wire, often seen suspending the signs in supermarkets. The wire comes in spools of 100m and costs as little as £3 per spool, and can also hold a weight of up to 45kgs.”

To fit the sign, the team at HNS Signs will start by drilling a 3mm hole in the top two corners of the sign. “We then thread the wire through it and fasten by squeezing a crimp with pliers over the looped wire, and the same is done with the ceiling clip.”

The “outside-the-box” approach doesn’t just extend to hanging signage in hospitals, but also applies to the design of the signs themselves. The Birmingham Children's Hospital was having difficulty accelerating the process of handing over patients from paramedics to nurses. HNS designed an eye-catching sign, and packed the back with large squares of acrylic bonded together with tensol. To fix it to the wall, they used a high-bond tape to work around the hospital wall layout. The result was a practical, clearly visible sign without any visible fixtures or fittings.
 
Although Michelle favours some little-known tricks of the trade when it comes to positioning larger signs, some jobs call for the use of modern tools to tackle common problems.  

The perks of timesaving tools
 
When it comes to saving time, money and making the installation process smoother overall, Michelle turns to stockists Signgeer to find the tools for the job. “They have a whole host of items which save time and make the fittings process easier,” she says of her choice.
 
These tools can be used to combat a number of tricky issues – for example, in jobs that require a vinyl print to be layered over an existing sign, rivets can be problematic. The Rollepro can be used to neatly cover these rivets, and it takes “literally seconds” to iron out the kinks and provide a smooth finish, while another useful tool Michelle turns to is the Snake, which assists with the application of graphics onto vehicles.

For more information, visit www.hnssigns.co.uk.


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FK Moore

FK Moore is turning attention towards improving value in 2014, looking for ways to help sign makers find quality tools and products for fitting signage at reduced costs.

"We are strengthening our drive to offer our customers value, whilst refusing to compromise on quality," reveals Paul Farrant, Director of FK MOORE. "Whilst many companies look at how to reduce product prices by altering the product itself, we have been very successful in the past at looking for efficiency savings, allowing us the flexibility to keep prices down."

Get the most for your money

When it comes to return on investment, Paul recommends metal sign locators on account of their tried-and-tested performance. "The longevity and secure nature means that sign makers can have as much confidence in the finished product as the client." He recommends that sign makers steer clear of selecting fixings on price point alone, pointing out that like anything, you get what you pay for. Selecting cheaper fittings may seem like a cost-effective way to source materials, but it doesn't guarantee the fixing will last, and almost certainly won't result in repeat business.

"We find when the quality of the fixings are shown to the end user, using the correct material and paying attention to the quality of finish, even if that means at a small increased outlay, it is appreciated," says Paul. "In our experience, clients will choose having the job done right the first time over the cost every time."

www.fkmoore.co.uk.
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