Different Types of Sign Compression Processes

You may find it helpful if you understand the different sign building processes when it comes to creating your unique business signs. All of Identity Group’s ADA compliant signs are created following a three-step process, each with its own specifics. From our patented photopolymer to our patented Alchemy compression tactile solutions, we provide a wide range of tactile, compression technology solutions.

We use these processes for both our broad line of sign options and our custom solutions at Identity Group. However, with differences in sign solutions such as applied tactile compression and applied photopolymer signage, the final sign product could vary in appearance. To learn more about the different types of compression sign solutions, keep reading.

Here’s what you need to know about the differences:

  1. Applied Tactile Signs
  2. Photopolymer Signage
  3. Thermoformed Signage
  4. IDG Sign Solutions

Applied Tactile Signs

A more cost effective sign development solution, applied tactile signs are built through compression technology. As part of this process, laser-cut text and braille beads are adhered to a sign substrate of the client’s choosing.

With Alchemy textile, you can exceed the expectations of your ADA business requirements in a beautiful way. We at Identity Group can fully fuse text and graphics in standard and custom colors, metal, or real wood on a variety of substrates using our proprietary compression process. With three varying compression technologies, you can customize your ADA sign solutions.

Applied Tactile Signs are: 

  • Permanently fused through compression
  • Standard or custom colors achieved with process-cured ink
  • Vandal Resistant
  • Allows for Integral Metal Text or Graphics
  • Water Resistant

Other Fabrication Techniques Include:

  • Laser Fabrication
  • Injection Molding
  • Digital, Offset, & Direct to Substrate Printing
  • Die & Water Jet Cutting
  • Photopolymer Tactile Processing
  • Metal, Wood, and Plastic Fabrication

Photopolymer Signage

The second type of compression signage uses a technology called photopolymer. A photopolymer sign is created by converting a digital image to a negative, transferring it to a photopolymer sheet, exposing it to ultraviolet light, washing, drying, and exposing the sign content again.

Photopolymer Signs are often:

  • Durable
  • One Piece
  • Vandal Resistant
  • Include a Face Painted Base
  • Back Painted or Direct Digital Print
  • Paint Tipped or Foil Stamped Tactile Elements
  • ADA compliant when using tactile
    • ADA Fonts
    • Grade 2 Braille

With IDG’s patented photopolymer process, acrylic signs are compressed with raised text and braille beads. Unlike our competitors’ processes, which are less environmentally friendly, IDG’s photopolymer process is more cost-effective and environmentally friendly because it uses recycled material. Before construction can begin, photopolymer signs are designed digitally according to client specifications.

Afterward, the image is reversed so it appears backward to the viewer, but is correctly oriented to fit the sign. At the same time, the lettering must start out black since the colors will not be added until the very end, when the clear film is applied. The final step in the process is to fit multiple signs from your order onto the same sheet and process them simultaneously before the clear film is applied and the sign is completed.

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Thermoformed Signage

Thermoformed signs are a durable, reliable and vibrant way to display information, particularly when it comes to ADA sign regulations. Utilizing a similar compression technology to photopolymer and applied tactile solutions, thermoformed signage differs in the molding process. Thermoformed signs are created by using a mold to achieve raised copy, symbols and braille.

Thermoformed Signs Can be:

  • Used Inside or Outside
  • Durable
  • Come in 2 Base Options
    • 10 UV Stable Solid Colors, or Non-Glare
    • Acrylic with Direct Digital Print or Back Painted
  • Permanently Fused with Compression
  • Cured Ink Process
  • Water Resistant
  • Vandal Resistant
  • One Piece
  • Bonded Substrate Braille

Designed to be completely vandal-proof, these sign solutions are made by pressing acrylic into a custom-routed mold. As a result of the manufacturing process, the tactile copy and braille are permanently embedded into the acrylic and therefore cannot be removed. In comparison with other types of signs, thermoformed compression signs offer a rich, textured appearance.

With IDG’s proprietary compression process, it is possible to print full-fused text and graphics on metal, wood, or with custom colors on any substrate. Our thermoforming process creates signs that not only meet ADA regulations, but also add a beautiful touch to a building’s wayfinding decor.

IDG Sign Solutions

Having proper ADA compliant business signage is no longer an option for companies. Regardless of the industry you’re in, or how many buildings you own, you will want to ensure that you’re meeting ADA requirements. Creating custom ADA signs will ensure a great experience for all your visitors and employees, which will help you reflect your brand well.

Identity Group in Nashville, TN has everything you need to set your business apart. To begin building your unique sign solutions…

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