Lexan is one of the highest abrasion resistant laminates out there. Great for printed products that will come in contact with tools or have high abrasion needs, like tags or decals found around or on machines, equipment or even printed sandwich boards.
Take a peek at the video below to show how well Lexan laminate holds up to marks and scratches.
Next time your project needs a little extra protection, give us a call & we'll handle the rest!
So you've started a new project, and now it's time to order some signage. Lamination is an important thing to consider for any type of printed product, such as signs, vehicle wraps and everything in between. It's a good idea to laminate any printed product that will be exposed to outside elements such as wind, rain, heat and cold. That being said, there is a variety of laminates to choose from. Take a peek at our previous blog on our most common options: Different Types of Laminates & Their Uses
Our most common lamination, liquid lamination (shown in the video below) is an excellent way to add fade durability and minor abrasion resistance.
If you have any questions about your next project, give us a call! 1-800-661-1919
When it comes to decals (or stickers ;) ) there are so many options, that we have a solution for even the most unusual projects. We don’t want to bore you with too many details, so we created a small list of the most common vinyl, based on project needs, to help you gather your bearings.
Standard Vinyl is used for general decal applications like hard hats, pipe marking, and walls. Easy Peasy.
Blockout Vinyl is typically used as a covering decal, covering an old emergency number or LSD, so you can save some $$ and cover one portion rather than replacing the whole sign. Looks just like a standard vinyl, but has a grey backing so the decal or sign your covering doesn’t show through.
Reflective Vinyl is generally used for information that needs visibility at night, such as Muster, Km marker or traffic signs.
Removable Vinyl is, well… removable. Sometimes your project requires a less permanent option for applications like temporary offices, branding projects and marketing campaigns. And because it’s removable, that means your walls stay chip-free!
Vehicle Grade Vinyl is a conformable vinyl option, letting us cover the nooks and crannies of your vehicle, or equipment. Popular applications being of course, vehicle decals and decals that need to be applied to curved, or angled surfaces.
Hi(high) Temp Vinyl is available for decals that need to be applied to high-temperature areas, and can withstand temperatures between -30C to 140C. We mainly see hi-temp vinyl used for decals being applied to boilers, batteries, hot pipes, engine parts, and more.
Clear vinyl is the best option for any application you want to be transparent. Clear vinyl is great for vehicle window logos, logos or seasonal decals on office windows, and privacy or display decals on boardroom windows.
Still unsure of what you’re looking for?
No sweat! Getting to know your signage needs is our passion.
Tell us about your project and we’d love to give a suggestion (or two) so you don’t have to worry about the little things a minute longer than you need to.
Installing a sign may look easy peasy lemon squeezy, but we want you to know the proper way to install your sign hardware so your crisp new sign isn't wrecked in an instant.
3 Important Takeaways:
- make sure to have galvanized hardware
- have a locking mechanism
- have an appropriate spacer for the appropriate post.
What happens when you install the wrong spacer? Take a peek at our short video
A lot of oil and gas activity takes place away from the closest Starbucks, so if you’re new to driving back country roads, you may be unsure about driving radio-assisted logging roads, or how to read Must Call signs.
Roadways need a variety of signs, including km markers, directional, traffic, speed and radio controlled signs. Missing signs only increase problems, drivers are left to guess at speed limits, which direction has the right away, the radio frequency and more!
We’ve gathered some examples of road marking signs that we think you might come across on your back-road adventures.
Radio Assist Signs
Radio Assist/Radio Controlled & Road Entry Signs
Even if you’ve been driving back country roads for 20 years, you might still be unsure of what it means when you see signs that say “Now Entering Mile 86 Road Radio Frequency RR25.” You might be thinking things like “Do I need to have a radio if I want to drive on this road?” “Where do I get a radio if I don’t have one” “Should I turn around and use a different road?” So let us help with some of that uncertainty!
From logging trucks to heavy haul trucks to pickups, they have been using radios to broadcast their locations on back country roads for a long time, so don’t get too discouraged! It helps to avoid accidents and radios are required for anyone working out there. Since most people using these roads are at their workplace the term radio-assisted is used instead of radio-controlled to let you know that radios are optional and drivers should be aware of vehicles travelling unannounced.
Road Entry signs usually indicate if the road is radio controlled, or radio-assisted and include information like the radio frequency, what road you’re entering and if you’re driving “Up”/”Down” or “Empty”/”Loaded.”
The first thing to learn is the difference between “Up” and “Down” (BC) and “Empty” and “Loaded” (AB).
You’re driving “Up” or “Empty” when the numbers on the KM markers you’re passing are going up. You’re driving “Down” or “Loaded” when the numbers on the KM markers you’re passing are going down.
“Down” or “Loaded” traffic usually have the right-of-way, with the exception of large trucks like logging trucks. If you’re driving “Up” or “Empty” you need to pay attention to where the other vehicles are.
So if you’re ever lost and unsure on which direction will take you back to the main road or highway, follow the KM markers going down and you’ll find your way back!
KM Markers & Must Call Signs
Kilometer Markers are typically found at every kilometer or every 5 kilometers, indicating the road you’re on, what mile you’ve reached, and if you’re going “Up/Down” or “Empty/Loaded.”
Every so often you’ll come across a Kilometer Marker that has “Must Call” written above the indicated mile or on a separate sign below. Must Calls are there to warn you that you’ll be driving on a dangerous part of the road, like a tight corner or blind spot, and that you must call for that designated mile.
If you’re in a smaller vehicle that either doesn’t have a radio or doesn’t have the right frequency, it’s best to either wait for another vehicle to carefully follow behind or slow right down and move to the far right of the road to avoid oncoming traffic. Don’t be scared if you have to hit the ditch, someone will be kind enough to help you out!
Bridge & Delineator Signs
Bridge and delineator signs go hand in hand, as they are frequently found near each other. Bridge signs are usually found on or near the bridge to indicate the weight limit, as well as a couple of kilometers away to give a heads up that a bridge is coming up.
Delineator signs come in to play when you reach the bridge, being found on either side of the bridge to warn you where the edges are, to prevent accidents. Delineators are a very effective guide at night and during crazy weather because they stay visible when the road/bridge is wet or covered.
Directional signs are an important part to finding the right facility the first time (not the second or third time!)
Commonly you will find signs that state the company or type of facility with the associated kilometers and an arrow to indicate the direction. You will find these signs on higher traffic roads.
By now you’ve probably figured out that driving back country roads aren’t quite the same as driving to the store for a jug of milk. You have to keep your wits about you and drive with extra caution, but now you hopefully feel confident enough to navigate your way around!
Applying a decal can be tricky, especially when you have an audience!
We have a few tips to help you get that decal laid up properly and quickly so you can impress all your coworkers. ;)
High quality, well-made signs sometimes outlive even the best vinyl decals. Not only is opting to replace the decal an inexpensive way to get more out of your investment in quality, but it also means less waste.
If videos aren't your thing or you're looking for a bit more detail, visit our blog Putting A New Decal On An Existing Sign.
Signs are looking a little worse for wear? Maybe you just need a whole new sign. Visit our blog When To Replace Damaged, Old, Or Weathered Oil And Gas Signs.
Still unsure if you should replace your whole sign, or if a decal replacement would be sufficient?
Get in touch! It's kind of our forte.
Signs are definitely the superhero of the group, leaving tags to be runnerup. That's why this month we wanted to highlight some of the signage duties that tags are usually responsible for! (Take a peek at our previous blog on Tag Materials here.)
We handpicked 5 (of what we deem to be our most popular) tags, to dive a little deeper and highlight the 5 W's (What, Where, When, Why, Who) of tags.
Let's get started!
Discontinued Pipeline Tags
Discontinued Pipeline tags are typically ordered by Field Operators and found outdoors, attached to the riser portion of the pipeline. The tag is there to indicate which pipeline(s) is being temporarily or permanently shut down (duh), with information where the pipeline starts and stops, products the pipeline was cleaned with, and what was in the pipeline before being cleaned.
Inspection Torque Tags
Inspection Tags are usually ordered by Maintenance Foremen or HSE Personnel, and are usually found indoors, attached to a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, eyewash station or any other station/product that must be kept up to date. These tags are usually used for multiple years before biting the dust, but can be customized to fit any need.
Flange Inspection Tags (also know as Torque Tags) are similar to inspection tags, but a little bit more elaborate. Typically ordered by Maintenance Foremen or HSE Personnel as well, and can be found in both indoor and outdoor applications. These tags are there to clearly identify the various stages of inspection, modification and maintenance throughout the flange inspection process.
Valve Repair Tags
Maintenance Foremen are typically in charge of ordering Valve or Repair Tags. Valve Tags can be found typically outdoor, or in environments where the tag is exposed to the elements such as chemicals and is typically paired with a lock. They are mainly used for maintenance purposes or going through a turn around to indicate that the valve/line is shut down. Since Valve Tags are mainly used for maintenance purposes you can usually find them paired with a repair or maintenance tag as well.
Do Not Operate/Lockout Tags
Maintenance Foremen usually order Do Not Operate tags for indoor or outdoor uses to ensure that dangerous machines are properly shut off and not able to be started up again until maintenance or repair work is finished. These tags can be put on every valve in the area being shut in to really enforce “Do Not Operate.” Lockout Tags can be paired with a repair tag or discontinued pipeline tag. If paired with a Discontinued Pipeline tag, the lockout tag would typically be attached to the valve, while the Discontinued Pipeline tag would be attached to the pipeline.
Whmis Tags are usually ordered by Field Operators or HSE Personnel, and can usually be found in outdoor and indoor applications, attached to a product, tank or container. Whmis Tags are another way to identify product if a decal isn’t the best solution. These tags are used to identify product with associated hazards and PPE requirements, depending on how it is stored it may be flammable, etc. Gloves, eye protection and boots are typically used on the tags as they’re a daily requirement.
There are many requirements OSHA has for safety signs and tags, and it is important that every one of them are followed. This can be tricky if you order your tags and other signage from a third party every time they are needed, but no need to fret- IDENT knows all the requirements so you don't have to!
Make sure that your facility is labelled properly- give us a call, we'd love to help!
The need for temporary signage is situational, whether it be for seasonality, portability or functionality. Seasonality is a good indicator for when businesses may need temporary signage, especially throughout those winter months. Permanent signage is usually too costly to continuously update and is typically mounted or deep in the ground. Temporary signage is generally lightweight, cost-effective and can withstand frequent handling and Canada’s chilly winter months. Before making your final choice, a few things to consider include: price point, the size of sign needed, how often it needs to be moved, the lifespan of the sign, as well as the base or frame you’re mounting to.
Plastics are lightweight, recyclable, and inexpensive, making it an easy choice for temporary signage, billboards or golf tournaments. As a starting point, some well rounded versatile products include Coroplast, ABS, and Polystyrene.
Temporary or Semi-permanent
Aluminum Composite Material is a lightweight material that combines two aluminum layers with a solid plastic core and comes with a protective film on both sides. This material is best suited for indoor applications or outdoor when mounted flush against a solid surface.
Aluminum is light and extremely durable metal, that doesn’t rust or decompose. This material can be used for any permanent signage applications.
For more information on signage materials, click here to read our other blog post.
Temporary Mounting Options:
A great option for temporary and portable roadside signage. Our Crezone boards are heavy enough that they won’t blow around in the wind, yet light enough for easy handling. The board is essentially a type of plywood, primed, coated and suitable for outdoor use (resilient in Canadian weather.) There are some additional options available such as sign inserts (or how we like to call them, JTRIM) for information changes, or lamination for abrasion resistance, for those days when you want to throw and go. Although sandwich boards come in a variety of sizes, it is generally best for walking traffic, or slower moving traffic, as they are typically lower to the ground.
Advantages: easily transported, the only option with sign and base in one, available in multiple sizes, double-sided, sign inserts can be added to allow information changes.
Popular Applications: Temporary sites, temporary reflective construction and traffic signage, site supervisor signage at work site entrances, temporary sign locations for mud rooms, temporary directional signage, etc. Also a popular choice for special events and tradeshows.
Quad Stands/ A-frames
A great solution for temporary and portable roadside signage. Our steel stands are durable and sure-footed with four points of ground contact, yet lightweight to make handling easy. Due to quad stands being in a higher line of sight than sandwich boards, they are good for both walking traffic and vehicle’s line of sight.
Advantages: base can last long-term, lightweight base, can change the sign, higher and doesn’t sit on the elements, easily transported, coated in federal safety orange, double-sided, multiple sign orientation options, and can include pole pockets for flags.
Popular Applications: construction sites, road side, active lease sites, active pipeline sites
Used for sensitive zero ground disturbance conditions, these solid and stable bases provide perfect anchors for either a regular or heavy duty post without the need to penetrate the ground. Due to concrete bases usually having a 6ft or 8ft post attached, they are best for a vehicle line of sight.
Advantages: base can last long-term, more stable, don’t need to weigh them down with a sandbag, can pair different sized posts, less susceptible to theft, front and back sign orientation with holes punched every inch, best for vehicle line of sight, option to use a spring attachment
Popular Applications: Zero ground disturbance required areas, temporary applications where you don’t want to install a post, areas where the ground is too hard to penetrate, and temporary sites where the base doesn’t get moved. It is ideal to hold small signs like pipeline or warning signs.
Finding the right base to hold your sign can be tricky, just like finding the right wine and cheese pairing, but don’t worry, we know a lot more about signs than we do about wine.
Give us a call, we'd love to help! 1-800-661-1919
Why are there so many file formats, and how do you figure out what you need?
Part of the reason for a large variety of file types is the need for compression. Large file types mean more disk usage and slower downloads. Another reason for the many file types is the variety of colours the image contains.
This graphic will help you understand what you need for any project.
Not sure what file type you need to send us for your project? Give us a call, we'd love to help!
RGB, CMYK & PANTONE, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Colour is one of the most important aspects of printing, it can attract, influence and increase retention, making your marketing team happy!
Colour is everywhere, and you have probably noticed that sometimes a colour looks different on screen vs. when it gets printed.
Why are there so many different colour modes?
A colour mode is a way to define colour, using different approaches to define colour. The different colour
modes tell the computer, monitor, or printer which colours to print/display.
The 3 colour modes you need to know are RGB, CMYK and PANTONE.
RGB stands for Red, Green, Blue.
All of the colours created are a combination of red, green, and blue light. RGB colour “mode” is used for
anything that is light based or lit, such as televisions, cameras, computer monitors and even iPhones.
CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and “Key” colour (black).
All of the colours created are a combination of those 4 colours. The colours are similar to what you remember
in elementary school, Yellow and Cyan make Green; Magenta and Yellow create Red. CMYK is used for
anything printed, business cards, posters, signs. It was used in traditional screen printing, and
is now used in digital printing too!
PMS stands for “Pantone Matching System.”
Pantone is a universal colour matching system used to create colour consistency across a variety of platforms,
materials, and uses. The Pantone Corporation created over 1100 numbered colours, that can all be found
in a physical swatch book. Pantone colours standardize colours, meaning, manufacturers and customers can all
refer to the Pantone book to make sure colours match. Pantone colours are used for maintaining a consistent
colour whether you’re viewing it on TV or in print, usually a logo or packaging.
What does IDENT use?
IDENT uses Pantone and we have a software that interprets CMYK colour codes to match its associated Pantone colour.
Why does IDENT ask for Pantones?
Pantone colours give us a consistent reference point, which allows us to keep the colour you need, regardless
of the project or how many times we print it. Each Pantone colour can be referenced in a swatch book that
contains specific numbers for each colour, along with a CMYK colour chart that best represents that colour.
Without the Pantone reference, your logo colour will come out different across various printing equipment.
Trust us, it’s no fun redoing 300 signs because we didn’t get the colours right!
Will I even notice the difference?
You bet! Although not always drastic, changes can usually be seen between RGB, CMYK & Pantone colours. You may see
RGB colours on-screen, but CMYK will be the printed colour version. Each Pantone in the swatch book includes
CMYK, RGB, and HTML values to reproduce that colour as accurately as possible in print and on-screen applications.
Don’t have a Pantone? No worries – give us a call and we can let you know how closely we can match your project!