Most people know aluminum by its common uses like aluminum foil or cans, but at IDENT we know aluminum because of the signs we work with every day.
Aluminum is one of the most abundant metals on the planet. It takes a lot less energy to recycle aluminum than manufacturing new metals and can be recycled indefinitely, which is why Aluminum is the most commonly recycled non-ferrous* metal.
When it comes to recycling scrap metal, the list of benefits for the environment and the economy is quite long. Producing aluminum from recycled metals saves more than 90 percent of the energy needed to create new aluminum from ore. By recycling the bulk of our aluminum, it allows us to leave more natural resources in the earth, lowers the cost of production, and lowers energy usage.
Making products out of used aluminum is now a way for companies to show a commitment to more eco-friendly manufacturing – even Apple is doing it! Apple recently announced that it’s new iPads and Apple Watches would feature portions from 100% recycled aluminum. “We’re pioneering a future where we no longer need to mine precious materials from the Earth to make our products,” Apple said in it’s 2019 Environmental Responsibility Report.
It isn’t hard to see why so many companies have converted to recycled aluminum products. According to The Aluminum Association (an industry group), almost 75% of all the aluminum produced is still in use today.
What does this process look like?
Once the metal recycling company receives your scraps, everything first gets sorted according to types of metal. Once the aluminum has been picked out, it is ready to be sorted again, this time by the different grades of aluminum. From there, each grade gets cleaned and then reduced to its pure aluminum form, taking out other contaminants such as plastic along the way. The last step in this process is packing the aluminum and sending it to a company or consumer.
How can you contribute to sustainability and recycling metals?
Reduce: When considering substrate choices for your signs, ask for 100% aluminum vs. composite or plastic products.
Reuse: Send in your old sign blanks and ask your sign company to use the backside.
Recycle: You can sell your scrap metals to most metal recycling companies in your area. Check your local scrap metal recyclers website to see what they do and don't accept.
It's a no-brainer when it comes to aluminum recycling, so why don't you put some extra money in your pocket by recycling your scrap metals.
*A metal that doesn’t contain iron.
In larger offices, shared workplaces, warehouses and their industrial spaces, we need to make sure visitors can find their way quickly and easily. Wayfinding signage is designed for exactly that purpose – keeping visitors relaxed while going to and from your business.
Well designed wayfinding signage is meant to be minimal, as visual as possible and easy to understand. This ensures that everyone is able to understand it with little confusion, regardless of age or ability.
Types of Wayfinding signage:
Information signs are generally used as the first step in a new environment. They tell visitors where they are/what they will find, but are specific to one area of the property – meaning the information won’t display what they’re likely to find throughout the rest of the area or building.
Examples: standing signs advertising a seminar, plaques or descriptions for meeting rooms or offices, etc
Identification signs are used to draw attention or point out a service and/or feature that is of use to the visitor.
Examples: public washroom, reception sign, etc
Directional signs encompass the biggest variety of signs, compared to the other wayfinding sign options. Seen more frequently in large or complicated facilities, they allow a visitor to get a full view of the property and can be as specific or as vague as you want, often in the form of maps.
Examples: large digital directional signs, large wall maps, printed maps, elevator/floor description signs
The most common, warning signs are used solely for making visitors, and employees aware of hazards in the area.
Examples: wet floor signs, fire safety signs, falling ice etc
Customized branded office signage can identify meeting rooms, shared spaces and employee offices - while helping staff and visitors navigate the office, it can also contribute to your company’s overall image and reinforce your brand.
Improve the flow through your workspace with easy-to-use wayfinding signage.
A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) provides basic information on a material or chemical product. It describes the properties and potential hazards of the material, how to use it safely, and what to do in the case of an emergency. The purpose of an SDS is to assist employees in understanding and clarifying this type of information.
Because they're trying to address all anticipated uses of the product, they provide summarized general information. The information on an SDS is organized into sections, but specific names and content of those sections vary from supplier to supplier. Here is some info on how to make sure your workplace label is accurate.
You don’t want your customers to stop at the door, so don’t let your branding stop there either. Office signage is a powerful display tool, so take advantage of reinforcing your brand not only outside, but inside your office as well.
External marketing creates a connection between your company and the customers, while Internal marketing fosters a strong company culture. By letting staff develop an emotional and personal connection with the business, it creates an organization that naturally helps its team deliver the brand promise. Internal marketing serves another purpose as well, transforming your employees into brand ambassadors, which means your brand’s story has a broader reach.
Whether it be repeating your company name or logo in your front entrance, displaying your company’s’ core values, or showcasing your favourite company projects, your office (or even retail space) provides multiple opportunities to reinforce your brand and brand messaging.
Take a peek at two examples below, one in our IDENT open office space and the other on a meeting room window at About Staffing.
Think of internal branding as a platform that allows your people to embody the core behaviours driving your brand/company. By bringing your company values front and center, employees are constantly reminded of what their company stands for and how to better work on those principles.
We have graphics in our meeting rooms, customer service area and production bay, showing (most) of the behaviours that we embrace every day. View some examples below of some creative ways to display behaviours in your company.
Whatever your business, whatever your space, interior signage will transform your space.
Don’t leave any surface untouched, walls, windows, floors and even ceilings are fair game for displaying your company logo and message LOUD and clear. There are lots of options, from dimensional logos, to brushed aluminum signs and even wall murals - just like the one here at IDENT showing our companys’ 6 core values.
Tile your logo to create a large mural display, like we did, or take it one step further and let it extend on to the ceiling. The options are pretty much endless!
We noticed options for dry erase products have been pretty limited to standard mount to wall whiteboards, giving us the opportunity to develop some new, more customizable, and affordable options. This product gives us the flexibility to make a range of shapes and sizes, print directly on the product and peel and stick to almost any surface. Not to mention - it's magnetic!
View the video below for product details and dry erase applications or give us a call and ask us about our new magnetic dry erase vinyl!
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”/”Empty” 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/Empty” or “Down/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!