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January '17

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56 • January 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S SPECIALTY IMAGING DIGITAL GRAPHICS of what they need. Finding a company that is interested in helping shops keep their customers happy is worth the extra effort," Anderson explains. ADA Trends "Over the past year or so we have seen a large demand for metal A DA signs," reports Chris Bayer, owner of CAB Signs, Brooklyn, New York. "Metal signs are generally much more durable than the plastics that most ADA com- panies are supplying. Metal materials commonly used include aluminum, brass and stainless steel. Most are made with a brushed matte finish to comply with ADA specifications. These signs are made with applique and raster braille. We also have seen a great demand for custom coloring. To this point we have a Matthews paint mixing station that allows us to mix many custom colors." Bayer points out shops can add ser- vices such as photopolymer that they do not make in house. "Sign shops don't need to have special equipment or sup- plies. Outsourcing allows shops to work with vendors who are both knowledge- able and capable of manufacturing ADA signs to meet a customer's specifications. By farming out this type of work, the sign shop gets to focus on what they do best. "Often, working with a wholesaler can be as simple as emailing an art file and requesting a quote. The key factor here is finding the right vendor. This would be someone who has the capabilities that their clients need. After working with a vendor there is a certain trust factor that builds. You get to know what to expect from them," Bayer adds. Hank McMahon, president of Sign Mojo.com, Chattanooga, Tennessee, says he's seeing a number of interesting trends in this market right now. "The first trend is that there are more options than ever. Every customer wants options in the form of more colors and more sign collections to choose from. "We recently expanded our room number products to include various sign shapes and sizes to provide our distribu- tors with more options," Bahyer says. Changeable lens and paper insert ADA compliant signs are ideal for healthcare and educa- tional facilities that experience a substantial amount of growth and change within their orga- nizations. (Image courtesy of Howard Industries) Sign shops that work with ADA wholesalers don't have to invest in new production equipment for the production of their ADA signage. (Image courtesy of SignMojo.com) Some ADA wholesalers say they are seeing a shift toward more wood grain patterns and nature-inspired patterns in ADA signage orders. (Image courtesy of SignMojo.com) Sharon Toji says that she is often asked about gender-neutral restroom signs such as this one designed by Ullrich Hepperlin. They are mostly used on college campuses, Toji says. (Image courtesy of ADA Sign Products)

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