Every specialist profession has its own trade shows. For the signage industry, April is the month to see what’s new in signage at the Sign & Digital UK show on 19-21 April at the NEC in Birmingham. This industry event has been part of calendar for around 30 years. (Coincidentally, that’s as long as Indepth Sign Design has been around too!) We’ve spotted new trends and developed our capabilities by keeping an eye on the latest developments which have showcased here over the years.
Around 7,000 visitors have access to over 200 exhibitors at this trade show. Indepth Sign Design will be looking out for the latest in wide format printing. We’re also always keen to make our processes as environmentally friendly as possible so developments in inks, LED lighting and consumables will get our attention. So too will new display systems, which open up new possibilities for our customers.
The Océ Arizona 6100 Series which we invested in is still ahead of the curve. It’s a UV flatbed printer which provides photo quality output even for very large signs. At the same time, it uses up to 50% less ink than fixed droplet, six-colour printers, making it a good environmental choice. This ultra-modern technology enables us to print photo-quality images directly on a vast range of surfaces from aluminium composite to plastic and PVC for banners. This kind of quality and design flexibility is something of a holy grail for the profession.
Developing our sign design, print and installation service is a constant focus. It’s enabled Indepth Sign Design to provide our clients with quality signs for a range of purposes:
Metal signs & letters
Windows & glass
Health & safety signs
As well as custom signs, we hold a stock of safety signs ready for swift despatch.
It’s official. Crossrail has been given a new name. It’s to be called the Elizabeth Line when the service opens to passengers through central London in December 2018, as a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen. How do we know it’s official? It’s all down to the design and installation of a new sign for the Elizabeth Line. The graphic roundel, with its distinctive (regal) purple livery, is a symbol of progress for this important rail route, since the Elizabeth Line is one of the biggest construction projects in Europe. It’s a great reminder of the power of signage.
The name itself is not without controversy, with some commentators highlighting the irony of naming a publicly funded line after the Queen who has rarely set foot on public transport. But others think it’s a fitting tribute to Britain’s longest reigning monarch.
Rail sign unveiled
Elizabeth Line: Crossrail to be named in honour of Her Majesty the Queen
New sign is a powerful emblem
By teaming the announcement with the unveiling of the new rail signage by the Queen, the project gained widespread media coverage. The sign is a strong symbol of this epic development project and the new opportunities it will bring. The modest sign symbolises a massive step forward:
42 kilometres of Elizabeth Line tunnels have been constructed under the London streetscape
10,000 people work on the Elizabeth Line at more than 40 different construction sites
the new 118 kilometre line from Reading in the west across London to Abbey Wood in the east, will increase rail capacity by 10%
the Elizabeth Line will bring an extra 1.5 million people within 45 minutes’ travel of central London.
When you need signage that symbolises your project or business, call Indepth Sign Design on 01279 771300 or send us your enquiry. We create attention grabbing signs for business parks, shop fascias, site hoardings and so much more.
We’re delighted to tell you that the equipment management system provided by Indepth Sign Design has just picked up an award. Named Good to Go Safety™, this innovative pre-drive inspection system for vehicles, forklifts and more besides, has won Best New Product 2015. The announcement was made at the Commercial Fleet Awards on 24 September 2015, at The International Centre, Telford.
Checklist and tagging system for safe equipment
Indepth Sign Design provides this equipment inspection tagging system as part of our online catalogue of safety signs. Using the checklist templates and displaying the Good to Go Safety tags can help you to improve workplace safety, cut maintenance costs and meet your legal obligations. This award recognises how Good to Go Safety products help to make a safer workplace.
5 steps for safe equipment management
This safe equipment management system is effective because it is so straightforward to operate:
Attach the tag to the equipment so that employees can see its current status.
Carry out a comprehensive inspection and place the completed checklist into the tag.
Keep a duplicate copy for management records, providing a clear audit trail with date and signature.
Fit a tamper evident seal to deter and identify unauthorised access.
You’re Good to Go
When equipment passes all the checks then the tag clearly displays this so that employees know it’s good to go. In the event that a fault is found then a ‘Do Not Use’ message is displayed making sure that the faulty equipment is not used, keeping everyone safe.
Safety tags for vehicles, forklifts, MEWPs and more
Indepth Sign Design provides specific inspection checklists to meet the safety requirements for different equipment including:
MEWPs e.g. cherry pickers
You can browse through Good to Go Safety products in our online catalogue of safety signs. We provide next day delivery for orders placed by 1pm from our online catalogue. Delivery is free on orders over £50.00.
Curiosity might have killed the cat. But it’s a very healthy trait for a signage business such as Indepth Sign Design. That’s why we’ll be taking time out of our hectic schedule to take in the sights and sounds of the specialist 2015 Sign & Digital UK trade exhibition. It’s the leading event for our sector and takes place in late March at the NEC in Birmingham.
Attending this trade exhibition is just one of the ways that we keep ahead by understanding upcoming innovations, materials and technologies for signs and displays. We use it to guide our investment in new equipment and advise our customers about the latest signage options open to them.
There is enormous scope for creativity when it comes to designing fascias and external signs. At Indepth Sign Design we’re happy to complete a free survey and quote for our creative ideas using the style, materials and techniques that will get your business seen and understood. We can make signs on wooden sign boards and aluminium and steel sign trays. For external signs and shop signs we use a range of materials including metal and plastic, with the ability to illuminate, combine materials or layer up for special effects.
Cut-outs in steel or aluminium composite can be used to create stunning designs for retail fascias with 3D and raised lettering. Metal offers a greater variety of colour choice than you might think from silver to gold and rust-effect steel as well as a choice of finishes including light-catching reflective mirrors, brushed effect or a host of paint colours.
When it comes to plastic, acrylic is an excellent option for its versatility, including Plexiglas, Repsol, Alutuglas, Setacryl and Perspex, available in a large choice of colours, sizes and finishes, including translucent and fluorescent acrylic for special lighting effects. Vinyl too is a very practical, flexible option as vinyl letters and designs can be readily applied to most surfaces. For outside boards we can produce panels from Correx or waterproof foam to great effect. There’s simply a host of materials that expert designers know how to work with to give you a competitive edge.