As with all of our signage, fabrication starts with having the right tools. Our facility is equipped with photopolymer processors, printers, lasers, hot stamp machines, paint mixing systems, and more.
We create our photopolymer signage by placing the film in the photopolymer processor and exposing it. After that, the material is rinsed, dried, and exposed again.
The photopolymer is then cut, after which it is put through either the hot stamp or silk-screen process for painting purposes.
Once the signage is created, it’s put throughout a rigorous inspection for quality assurance, so sign shops that outsource their orders to Erie Custom Signs can feel confident it will meet the highest standards.
What equipment is used to create photopolymer signage?
In-house fabrication of interior and exterior photopolymer ADA signs is what we do. As such, we’ve made sure to invest in the necessary equipment:
- Orbital X Photpolymer Processor (24″x 30″)
- EPSON SureColor T3270 Film Printer
- Kobo TC-851 Hot Stamp Machine for tipping text
- Industrial paint booth with the Matthews Sign Paint System
- And more
These top-of-the-line machines are housed in our own facility, which means that all photopolymer signage is made right here in the United States.
What are the benefits of photopolymer?
Photopolymer signage offers a wide variety of benefits, which is why we often recommend the material to sign shops and end users in the market for ADA-compliant signs that will stand the test of time.
- Durability– Photopolymer signage is one solid piece, which allows it to stand up to the elements and to potential vandalism better than other types of signs. While no type of signage material is completely vandal-proof, these signs certainly will stand up to abuse better than any other type of sign you might choose. Additionally, they include a top coat of paint that essentially seals off the sign’s entire surface. This is particularly useful in nursing homes or medical environments, where regular deep cleaning is performed.
- Creative options– Photopolymer substrates and materials allow for sign developers to create a wide variety of different sign designs. This includes the photopolymer resign itself, which is used to create the tactile and Braille elements of an ADA compliant sign. This resin is exposed to ultraviolet light using a high-relocation film negative, which allows sign developers to create extremely detailed, raised graphics and other elements to add some creativity to your sign. No additional fabrication is required for this—you can add a raised logo, accent bar or other design element during the process of adding raised room numbers and Braille, with little to no extra cost or labor.
- Reliability– The photopolymer process makes it extremely easy for you to replicate designs, because it is a highly consistent process. You will always be using certain elements (tactile and Braille, for example), and you can save your files to make them easily duplicated in the future. The film negative can also be reused, which allows you to save money.
- Scalability– The photopolymer process allows you to easily meet production schedules and scale up rapidly according to the needs of you or your clients. For example, a good rule of thumb is that you can make up to 400 8” x 8” signs in an eight-hour time period. This allows you to quickly fill orders and increase your offerings to your clients.
- ADA compliance– The reliability and durability of photopolymer signs helps in ensuring their ADA compliance.
One of the most frequently sought-after signage options we provide to our clients is photopolymer signage. This highly versatile form of signage gives end users complete control over customizing their design without sacrificing long-term quality and integrity.
Photopolymer is an especially beneficial option for signage that will be used in high-traffic areas, such as hospitals and schools.
This type of signage is durable, easy to clean, and low maintenance. Additionally, it’s easy to replicate, which is an important feature for those placing large sign orders.
At Erie Custom Signs, we use NovAcryl Photopolymer materials for ADA signage. The primary advantage of this is that it offers us the most diverse line of photopolymer substrates available for ADA signage—it is the most versatile option available in a signage field that requires such versatility.
The NovAcryl line is also made in such a way that colors aren’t as quick to degrade. Though photopolymer in general is more durable than other materials, the NovAcryl line is especially resilient.
An added benefit is that the NovAcryl Photopolymer options are all extremely eco-friendly, meaning clients can also work to reduce their environmental impact while getting high-quality signage. The fact that clients can go “green” with their signage is an excellent selling point, and one that sign shop owners should highlight when selling.
Interested in photopolymer ADA signage?