When looking to source finished traffic signs for your agency, you have more than one option for specifying how your regulated signs are produced. Adding the option for digitally printed regulatory and custom signs to your sign specification allows you more flexibility.
Road sign digital printing options offer a proven alternative to traditional production methods.
The road sign industry is highly regulated with stringent color and retroreflectivity requirements. ASTM D4956 and EN 12899 standards serve as defining guidelines for jurisdictions.
Digital sign printing can meet these standards with a comprehensive production solution. When specifications for printers, sheeting, overlaminate, and ink work together to set a high-quality performance standard, road authorities can get dependable signs that meet their needs.
Decision-makers must consider a wide range of printers, inks, reflective sheeting types, and overlaminate films for sign specifications. These factors affect the sign’s sensitivity to light, heat, and water, as well as its retroreflectivity and color performance.
Not all printing methods meet traffic sign requirements. For example, many CMYK process colors do not produce enough saturation for effective road sign performance.₁ It’s critical to outline effective sign production methods in your specifications.
Signs printed on 3M qualified printers, using 3M’s matched components, are vigorously tested in real-world situations and weathered at our state-of-the-art Weathering Center.
Road sign specifications should have a foundation in weathering science. Weathering science brings together climatology, photochemistry, reaction kinetics, and materials science to determine how outdoor conditions affect road sign durability.
Digital sign printing methods incorporate these findings. A digitally printed sign can withstand sunlight, water, and other elements with the same durability as a traditionally produced sign if the right fabrication process and materials are used.
The road sign industry is highly regulated with stringent color and retroreflectivity requirements. ASTM D4956 and EN 12899 standards serve as defining guidelines for jurisdictions. Digital sign printing can meet these standards with a comprehensive production solution. When specifications for printers, sheeting, overlaminate, and ink work together to set a high-quality performance standard, road authorities can get dependable signs that meet their needs.
Screen printing methods lay colors and graphics down in a layer-by-layer process. This approach makes it difficult to develop custom signs with unique graphics. As there is an increasing interest in creating custom signage for city branding, wayfinding, tourist information, and other applications, digital printing can serve as a more efficient alternative. This method allows for highly customized signs in a wide range of colors.
Digital printing traffic signs provides you with the flexibility to meet ASTM D4956, EN12899 and other standards while offering custom colors with comparable quality, performance, and durability as traditional cut and copy fabrication.
We work with a variety of leading digital printer manufacturers to help create different solutions tailored to the needs of our customers. When you integrate digital printing as a fabrication method into your specifications for regulated and non-regulated signs, it helps open up more possibilities for sign shops and fabricators to meet your signing needs efficiently and effectively.
3M™ MCS™ Warranties provide you a system of matched components to meet your needs for producing regulated and non-regulated signage. You need great looking signs that meet industry specifications and we’ve got warranties to put your mind at ease.
The training process allows 3M Certified Sign Fabricators to use approved fabrication processes and materials to deliver a high-quality signs.
Talk to a sales representative to find out what is right for your business needs.
3M's portfolio of reflective sheeting, overlay films, and inks specially designed for digital sign printers helps sign shops provide you with the performance, durability, and color variety you need for beautiful, long-lasting signs.
3M offers compatible reflective sheeting to meet ASTM, EN and other standards while offering bright, durable performance that’s backed by our multi-year 3M™ MCS™ Warranty when used with the specified inks, printers and overlay films.
3M™ Overlay Films for digital printing add a transparent protective layer to the sign, which is required and helps to maintain its color and retroreflective performance for the duration of its warranty.
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