Engravable Plastics Trade name.
See Ultra Mattes,
Reverse Engravable, Slickers Lacquers, Textures, and Ultra Mattes, Front
Engravable on our
Materials Reference Chart.
An item’s ability to resist scratches, scuffs, and other marks that might
detract from the item’s physical appearance or decrease its
Although sometimes used as a generic term to describe
acrylic is a particular type of plastic characterized by its clarity and colorability.
Also see Acrylic Sheet, General
Plastics on our
Materials Reference Chart.
An abbreviation for the Americans with Disabilities Act; federal civil-rights
legislation addressing the needs of physically impaired citizens. Sections
dealing with signage include Title II, affecting government and public-sector
activities, and Title III, involving the private sector. ADA compliant signage
typically includes tactile messages in the form of raised copy
and/or pictograms and Grade II Braille.
A substance capable of bonding two surfaces together. Adhesives are often
activated by pressure and/or heat.
Peel adhesion that is measured 20 minutes after the self-adhesive material has been
Also known as adhesion-in-peel or adhesion strength. Peel adhesion is the
force required to remove a self-adhesive tape or
film from a standard
test panel at a specific angle and speed after the tape has been applied to the
test panel under specified conditions.
Peel adhesion measured 24 hours after the self-adhesive material has been
See Aluminum Sheet,
Metals on our Materials Reference Chart.
An annunciator is a device used for signaling the condition or status of a
process or machine by means of illuminating the section of a display containing
the text and/or graphics associated with the current alarm, fault or other
condition. An annunciator window is the piece that can be illuminated in an
annunciator, and usually consists of a translucent piece of
or glass containing engraved,
printed or applied text and/or graphics in
a contrasting color.
Process by which a protective aluminum oxide layer is applied to an
underlying metal using electrolysis. Anodizing can create a variety of colors
and special effects while providing a durable surface.
(1.) Placement of a label,
overlay on a
(2.) The conditions under which a label is to be used: the life-cycle of the
See also Vinyl Application.
See Transfer Tape
The recommended (minimum) temperature, or range of temperatures, at which a
self-adhesive product should be applied. The label,
as well as the substrate it is being applied to should be at this
temperature. Testing is recommended in situations approaching minimum
A cutout design that is applied to a piece of material.
All copy, graphics and
logos used in preparing a job.
Sometimes overlays are applied to a rigid panel which is usually made
of metal. This panel (or backing panel) provides support for the overlay and
other devices or instruments such as meters, switches, and lights.
studs are frequently added to the back of the back panel to allow it to be
easily installed as a unit or sub-assembly.
Printing on the back of the
Also known as back split, split
liner, and slit back. Linear cuts into
an adhesive liner to aid in the removal of the liner.
Also called a name badge or I.D. badge. A small
worn on a shirt or jacket for the purpose of advertising or identifying a
person, company, and/or membership.
In design, the relationship between the design elements so that
opposing forces have equal distribution of visual weight in the layout. The overall
quality of a design that makes it feel right.
A sign made of a
film or fabric, which has no enclosing
framework. Banners are typically decorated with
applied vinyl or are
printed, and usually include
grommets at its corners and some sides.
Banners may be rolled-up for storage and are usually used for short-term,
periodic, and/or indoor use.
Bar Code/Bar Code Symbol
A specific pattern made of lines (or bars) and spaces of varying width, which
represent alpha and/or numeric data in machine-readable form. The most general
format for a bar code consists of a lead margin, a start character, and a
An edge of a nameplate that has been machined to form an angle of 15o
– 22.5o to its bottom surface. Beveled edges provide a more
finished appearance and reduce the chances of being cut or "snagged"
by an edge or corner of a thicker substrate. Beveled edges are most
commonly produced on products
engraved from 2-ply materials to create a contrasting
colored edge or border.
or decal used as a "trim ring" or for the
purpose of covering gaps and/or unfinished edges between a device and the
surface it is mounted in. A bezel provides a more finished and professional
looking appearance, and also creates a margin around the device, which can be
used to display graphics, logos and/or additional information, such as:
safety messages, instructions, function labels, etc. Bezels typically surround
one device. A bezel that surrounds multiple devices is typically called an
overlay. See Overlay and
A type of computer graphics file. Bitmap images, also called raster or paint
images, are made of individual dots, called pixels (picture elements), that are
arranged and colored differently to form a pattern. Images are therefore resolution
dependent and can only be scaled minimally without degrading the image. Because
a bitmap image is created as a collection of arranged pixels, it can be
difficult and time consuming to edit or modify. See
Vector Image and
& Design/File Conversion.
In printing, bleed refers to the portion of the printed image which extends
beyond the area of the finished print. When the printed item is cut or
the bleed is cut away. This ensures that the printing will run all the way to
the edge of every piece. Without bleeding, the
regstration tolerances of
cutting equipment could leave unprinted areas along the edge(s) of a piece.
Blockout or blockout opaque describes
decals that are
made of an opaque material or have a dark opaque adhesive which is used
to cover up outdated or changed information.
Braille (Grades I & II)
A tactile-symbol system of raised dots enabling visually-impaired and
unsighted people to read and write. Grade I involves a character-by-character
translation of printed material; Grade II uses special contractions (much like
the phonetic parts of speech) for messages. Grade II Braille is required by the
Americans with Disabilities Act on some signs.
VIEW SAMPLES OF BRAILLE SIGNS.
Metals on our Materials Reference Chart.
A satin finish, or a finish in between
Similar in appearance to fine scratches made by dragging a bristle brush across
a surface. Commonly seen on stainless steel sinks.
on our Processes Page.
Labels produced in roll form that have 1 cut (or slit) between labels,
with no space between labels. The labels appear to be butted up against one
another, thus the name butt-cut. Butt-cut labels are square or rectangular and
have square corners. Dies are not required to produce butt-cut labels.
Printed borders or bleeds are not possible with butt-cut labels.
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