Solutions for Better Traffic Signs

Make specification-compliant signs with valuable solutions and features not practical with a traditional sign making process.

Find an easier sign making process with TrafficJet

Now you can make traffic signs and safety products with multi-colored logos, variable messages, and security marks.  With TrafficJet all these features can be economically added to your sign.  

Compare the processes to add these features:  

Sign Feature

 

TrafficJet™

Compare the sign making features of TrafficJet.

 

Screen Printing

How TrafficJet features compare to screen printing.

 

Overlay Films

How TrafficJet features compare to overlay films.

Add Your Logo

 

Load the design file in Flexi DX Production (RIP) software and send to the printer.  All features are printed in a single pass. The printed sheet is rewound by the automatic take-up and allowed to dwell for two hours.

 

The printed roll is then laminated with Avery Dennison® OL-2000 or OL-1000 Anti-Graffiti Film using a roll-to-roll laminator. Next, cut signs out by hand or with an automated flatbed or drum plotter cutter. Finally, laminate the sign face to the sign substrate.

 

Create individual screens for each color of the logo. Set up table and tape off for the first color. Screen print base color. Place sign in drying rack and clean screen before the next color. Repeat for each color of the logo until the sign is complete. For a multi-color sign with simple colors this could take anywhere from 24-48 hours to complete.

 

If it is a complex logo with shading, print separate sticker on a graphics printer and place on the finished screened base sign. Typically an overlay is applied to protect the print. 

 

Seperate the design based on number of colors, each color requires seperate design. Each design is loaded in plotter or flatbed cutter and cut. 

 

Weed each color so that only the portion that goes on the sign remains. Each color is premasked, lined up and laminated to the sign. Aligning correctly could require a fair amount of skill. 

 

If it is a complex logo with shading, print separate sticker on a graphics printer and place on the finished screened base sign. Typically an overlay is applied to protect the print. 

Variable Messages & Block Numbers

 

Process is the same for all features, as seen in the above section "Add Your Logo".

 

This can be done the hard way or the harder way. 

 

The hard way: Cut individual letters and numbers in material that will block the ink from passing through the screen. Set up screen table and tape in such a way that the letters are consistently aligned in the same spacing. Screen each sign and then replace the letters between each squeegee pull.

 

The harder way: Burn a screen for each individual sign. If it is a large run of individual signs, it would require substantial time and effort to burn and clean multiple screens.

 

Overlay films are most commonly used for this application because the variation can be built into the design and cutting of the sign. Each variation can be set up on the computer in advance and cut out on the plotter cutter.

 

After all of the letters and numbers are cut out on the film, each individual letter and number must then be "weeded" out of the sheeting so only the overlay that will go on the sign remains. This takes considerable time as it is done by hand. This method is also prone to error when users are not experienced in this fabrication method.

Fine Detail & Security Marks

 

Process is the same for all features, as seen in the above section "Add Your Logo".

 

If this is the same for each sign in the print run, this would be simply burned into the screen and printed. This can be done relatively easily with screen printing.

 

A major concern is that screen printing runs are more economically done in larger batch sizes, therefore some signs may sit in inventory before being sold or put on the road. The security mark and tracking system would need to take that into account.

 

Each variation can be set up on the computer in advance and cut out on the drum or plotter cutter. However, the size of font or detail may be so small that this method is not practical or possible.

 

Then the fabricator must weed out each of the individual letters and numbers in the sign. When signs are produced with fine detail and small letters, it becomes a much more difficult and precise task which is prone to error.

 

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