A brief description of the processes and turn around times available to manufacture your identification products




Vinyl Cutting


Vinyl Cutting is a process by which a computer controlled knife or hot die is used to cut plain or printed vinyl and polyester (Mylar ®) films. The excess or background material is removed. For large or pre-spaced decals, transfer tape is applied to the front of the remaining material. The transfer tape holds the cut material in position for application once the material’s adhesive liner has been removed.

Process used to produce: Pre-spaced (or Pre-masked) Vinyl Letters and/or Decals
Material(s):  Vinyl, Polyester, and Polycarbonate Film
Typical lead-time: 2-7 days
Most economical quantity: low to high volume ( 1+ identical pieces)


Vinyl Application


Vinyl Application is the process of applying printed and/or cut vinyl graphics on a substrate. The substrate can be sheet stock, a piece of equipment, a vehicle, windows, doors, or virtually any relatively flat, smooth surface. Field installation is not available in all areas. An installation instruction sheet and installation squeegee are included with all pre-spaced graphics orders to be installed by the customer.

Process used to produce: Signs, Equipment and Vehicle Graphics and Letters
Material(s):  Vinyl
Typical lead-time: 3-7 days
Most economical quantity: low to high volume ( 1+ identical pieces)




Doming is a finishing process that applies liquid clear polyurethane in a metered dose to the top surface of a decal, label or nameplate. The liquid material, which is the consistency of honey, flows to the edge of the part and is trapped by capillary attraction to the edge of the part. The liquid is then cured to produce a finished product with a domed, bubbled, or lens effect / appearance. Domed products require all corners to have at least a small radius or the polyurethane will bleed of the part.

Process used to produce: Nameplates, Decals, and Legend Plates,
Material(s):  Polyurethane applied over a product produced on virtually any substrate
Typical lead-time: 3-15 days
Most economical quantity: low to high volume ( 1+ identical pieces)




Overlaminating is the process by which heat and pressure are used to apply a clear protective film to the surface of printed products to improve their abrasion, chemical, and UV resistance.

Process used to produce: Decals, Overlays, Labels, Signs, and Tags,
Material(s):  the laminate (or protective film) is most commonly Polyester, the products substrate (or base material) can be Vinyl, Polyester, Paper or Card Stock
Typical lead-time: same as printing process used
Most economical quantity: low to high volume ( 1+ identical pieces)




Casting is a process in which molten metal is poured into a temporary mold made of chemically treated, compacted sand. After cooling, cast pieces are painted and face ground.

Process used to produce: Nameplates and Signs
Material(s):  Aluminum and Bronze
Typical lead-time: 15-25 days
Most economical quantity: low to medium volume ( 1 - 1000 identical pieces)


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