When you’re in the custom sign printing and engraving business, you have to be ready for just about anything that comes up in your. “Anything that comes up”, hmmm. What does that include? Well, it includes anything!
If a machine goes down, our clients don’t want to hear that we need another day on their order!
Our clients want to hear, “Yes ma’am/sir, your sign is ready.”
We don’t blame them for feeling that way, not one bit.
To keep our customers happy and well served, we have to keep all of our sign making equipment properly serviced and in top notch condition. We also have to buy new equipment somewhat regularly. Sometimes the new equipment is to replace old equipment, sometimes we just want to add to our capabilities or have the latest and greatest.
Well, check out our newest sign flatbed printer! This one prints directly onto many surfaces. Have a look at the printer and some of the work we’ve done with it, at the bottom of the post.
What CAN we do with our new flatbed printer? Here are just a few ideas:
If you’ve ever been curious about manufacturing ADA Signs, today is a good day for you!
We’re sharing a video and some photos of the process of making a batch of signs for one of our recent hospital jobs.
A lot of effort goes into the making of ADA signs. The portion of the process that you’re seeing on this post, is actually only a small part of the entire job.
Long before we do any cutting, painting or assembly we have to be sure that we’ve got every aspect of the job right. However, today we’ll jump straight into the part where we make the signs.
One thing that we have to do when we manufacture ADA Signs is match colors of the new signs to the existing signs, or to the company logo, or to the decor of the company buying the signs, or to the architect specs.
The color the client wants, is the color the client gets. Naturally, we’re very proud of the fact that we can match any color that comes our way. In the case of this hospital job, we used the Pantone Matching Color System, to get just the right colors. The blue in the photo on the left had to be exactly the right blue otherwise, it could easily clash with the blue currently used in the hospital. The point of having a sign is to be useful, visible and attractive. Clashing sign colors can disrupt the branding and decor of a building.
When you’ve painted a sign, or anything else, you have to let it dry, right? Imagine painting 100 (or more!) pieces signs and then having to wait for them to dry. The signs that are drying must be protected and allowed to dry. During this time, the signs can’t be bumped or touched and need to be protected from all liquid, dust and debris.
At Signs PDQ, in addition to having a new painting booth, we have several large spaces and racks specifically used as holding area for signs that have been painted and are in the process of drying. Drying time is usually only a few hours, or overnight, but those few hours are important to the final look of the signs we create for the client. If a sign is damaged during the drying process, that is a sign that we can’t send to our client. We would have to spend our time and our money replacing the damaged sign.
We’ve looked at the painting and the drying of these hospital ADA Signs. Once those signs have passed the process of being painted and allowed to dry, it’s almost time to assemble the signs. Not quite though, so far, the blue and the gray sign pieces have no information on them.
Now we have to make sure that we have all of the correct information on the other parts of the signs. That’s not all though, if we have 100 signs and some vary in size, we have to be certain that the correct information goes onto the right sign, of the right size. Since we have been manufacturing signage for many years, we definitely have a system in place to get this done quickly, correctly and efficiently.
that all of the pieces of these signs have been created, carefully color matched using the Pantone Color Matching System, lovingly painted, and have been left to fully dry… we’re still not finished!
Now we have to assemble the pieces of the signs to make them, you guessed it … compliant!
At this point we bring everything together and assemble the signs carefully and correctly, making sure that the pieces are a perfect fit and able to withstand normal wear and tear. Once again, e have to check and double check to be certain that an office sign plate is going on to a conference room plate. Sometimes many of the the signs for a building floor are similar in overall size, but that is no excuse for having the wrong name plate on a sign. Once we finish the assembly of our client’s ADA Signs, we check the signs (again), as we pack them to be sure that nothing was overlooked. Wework hard to avoid having an incorrect sign arrive at a client’s door.
Once the signs are checked and packed, it’s time for shipping. In this particular instance, these signs were delivered bySigns PDQ, personally, to a destination in another state. We offer numerous types of shipping, and we are committed to doing what is needed to get the job done.
Did you know that we offer blind shipping? Do you know what “blind shipping” means? Bear with us for a second while we explain:
Signs PDQ and ADA Signs Wholesale sell signs to construction companies, building managers, Operations managers, architects and anyone else who needs a sign, but we also sell signs to, and for, other sign companies.
There are many wonderful sign shops out there that know their business and produce beautiful signage. Sometimes those shops outsource large orders to Signs PDQ. Why do they do this? Usually it’s because they don’t have a certain piece of equipment or they don’t have the space required to paint and dry 100+ sign pieces. They still want to do the sign job because other than the ADA portion of the order, or some other large portion, they have everything they need to an excellent job. This is when they might choose to outsource to a company they know they can trust to get their clients’ signs created correctly and on time.
Blind shipping occurs when we happily allow the sign shop that brought us their order to keep the glory. After all, they got the job, they hired us, we do the work for them and we value their business. We are pleased to act as a silent partner. Guess what else… we get repeat business from those sign shops and we are grateful for it. Repeat business means that we did the job right and they are so sure of it that they stake their reputation on it. We understand this because every sign job that goes out from Signs PDQ, ADA Signs Wholesale or through blind shipping, is an example of us also staking our reputation on our work.
If the blind shipping client is pleased with the work, no one ever knows we were involved. If we ever blind ship signs that that are not good, everyone in our industry will hear about it.
It’s a good thing for Signs PDQ that reputation, integrity and honest business practices are at the top of our list of ideals.
Discussions regarding Gender Neutral Restroom Laws can sometimes raise intense debates. Whether your personal views are “for” or “against” when it comes to gender neutral restrooms, the fact is: In the state of California, there is an active law on the books requiring businesses to post single occupant gender neutral restroom signage.
California is not the first state to enact gender neutral bathroom laws, and they won’t be the last. These laws may come to your area, as well.
Granted, February 23, 2017 President Donald Trump reversed the federal guidelines on gender neutral restrooms in public schools set during the Obama administration. However this reversal means that states and municipalities will be choosing if and when they will change their rules for restroom signage. Many states and municipalities, will move forward with the changes toward single occupancy gender neutral restrooms and signage.
In fact, many institutions have already chosen, created and began applying their own rules. Simply do a google search of your favorite university and gender neutral restrooms to see what we mean. Princeton, SUNY, Vassar, Yale and Brown have adopted their own approaches for inclusive gender neutral restrooms on their campuses.