Signs must meet a number of criteria in order to be deemed ADA compliant. One of these specifications is that most permanent signage in public facilities must have Braille lettering. This ensures that individuals with visual impairments will be able to read and understand what the sign is trying to convey.
There are a few ways that Braille signage can be created, but one of the most popular methods is Raster® Braille. This process is one worth learning about, particularly for those who are in the market for ADA-compliant signage.
What is Raster® Braille?
Raster® Braille is a frequently used method of crafting signage that complies with ADA guidelines—specifically those that are geared toward individuals who are visually impaired. Though photopolymer is quickly growing in popularity, this fast and easy rotary engraving process continues to be the industry’s most popular option for creating ADA signage.
The Raster® Braille method involves drilling holes in the sign material and inserting beads, which creates the tactile words and numbers that are often seen on displays in public facilities. Using this process, sign manufacturers can create rounded dots that meet ADA guidelines in terms of dot dimension, height, spacing, space, and more. Further, the use of the Raster® Braille method results in clean, easy-to-read lettering.
As this method is patented and trademarked by Accent Signage Systems, a license is required to use it.
What tools are required for the Raster® Braille method?
Given the complex nature of Braille, it’s important to have the appropriate tools to get the job done correctly:
- Sign shops using the Raster® Braille method must purchase a license from Accent Signage Systems.
- Sign shops must also have an engraver that is compatible with the Raster® Braille System.
- Finally, sign shops need to have reliable Braille translation software.
As Erie Custom Signs is a premier manufacturer of ADA-compliant signage, we are licensed and authorized to use Accent Signage Systems’ Raster Braille® method.
The Vision 1624 CNC Engraver we use in our facility is compatible with the Raster® Braille System. Further, our engraver, manufactured by Vision Engraving & Routing Systems, contains a Braille translator in the engraving software package.
At Erie Custom Signs, we strive to use the most advanced, high-quality equipment on the market, and that includes our CNC engraver. We trust the machinery we’ve obtained from Vision Engraving & Routing Systems, as this company has been manufacturing computerized marking systems and accessories for more than 35 years. Their products have proven time and time again that they’re some of the best available today.
For sign shops interested in outsourcing their ADA signage orders to our team, it’s also worth noting that our Vision 1624 CNC Engraver was manufactured right here in the United States. Potential clients will undoubtedly appreciate the fact that every facet of their signage has been carefully crafted at home.
How is Raster® Braille signage created?
- As with all of our signage, we begin by selecting the right material for the job, which varies depending on each client’s needs. One of our team members then creates a stencil for the design.
- Once the stencil is ready, we then use our Vision 1624 CNC Engraver to lay out the Braille text—the translation for which has been created ahead of time.
- Using a Raster® Braille pen, we insert the plastic beads into the holes in the material substrate—be it acrylic, chemetal, laminate, etc.
- After the sign undergoes a thorough inspection for quality control, it’s cleaned up and set aside so we may finish the order.
What are the benefits of Raster® Braille signage?
The Raster® Braille signage fabrication method offers a number of benefits, which is why it’s so often used in our own facility for those requiring ADA-compliant signage.
- Easy to create– Due to the popularity of the Raster® Braille method, a number of tools have been developed to simplify the process of producing ADA signage—many of which can be found in Erie Custom Signs’ own facility. Those who need a small shipment of signs quickly can look forward to shorter turnaround times than with other types of signage.
- Affordable– Since the equipment and materials required for Raster® Braille are more readily available, the cost of producing such signs is lower, resulting in significant savings for both sign shops needing to outsource orders and end users.
- Durable– Raster® Braille signs are very durable, which makes them a good choice for schools, hospitals, and other high-traffic areas. Using this method, signs can go years without needing to be repaired or replaced.
- Versatile– The Raster® Braille method allows for greater flexibility in terms of the materials that can be used to produce ADA signage. The design choices for Raster® Braille are nearly endless as well.
- ADA compliant– The perfectly round Braille dots created using the Raster® Braille method provide a clean, consistent appearance. Those who request Raster® Braille can feel confident that the end result will be 100% ADA compliant.
Why partner with Erie Custom Signs for Raster® Braille signage?
At Erie Custom Signs, we have all the tools needed for Raster® Braille signage fabrication, including the required license, software, machinery, and technicians. Since investing in training and equipment isn’t possible for every business, partnering with us allows you to take advantage of our capabilities rather than having to pay for all of these resources yourself.
With all of the tools in our facility, we’re able to craft ADA-compliant Braille signage in a quick and efficient manner, so your clients will get their orders on time, every time. Further, the quality-control measures we take ensure that your clients will be happy with the finished product, and your position as the go-to sign shop will remain intact.
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