Sign & Digital Graphics

June '17

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • June 2017 • 23 with their sign systems. The cost of ink runs 25 cents per square foot if UV printing or silk screening, he says. "We can make the board with a Pantone- matched screen on the front of it." For Target, which has a red and white bullseye for a logo, the company can make the board with a red styrene face on both sides and then white circles can be printed on it for the bullseye, which significantly reduces ink costs and improves print quality, he adds. United Industries batch-laminates its foam board, meaning it takes flat sheets that it glues together forming stronger and sometimes thicker foam board. The company can make it up to three inches thick. If a company doesn't have a printer that can print on three-inch-thick foam board, the company will pre-print the company's message on styrene or paper and then laminate the prints to the speci- fied thickness of foam board. Because the company extrudes its own foam, it can create foam board to custom specifications. "There's a lot of ability to customize a sign with our product," Strickland says. 3 A Composites' Gatorfoam is a heavy-duty foam board that is made from extruded polystyrene foam bonded between two layers of wood-fiber veneer. The product is great for point of purchase displays, trade show exhibits and kiosks, framing, monument signs, channel letters, hanging signs and fas- cia signs. Print shops can screen print, digital print and paint the material and it can be cut with a saw or routed, just like traditional wood. There are a lot of different short- term and long-term applications for foam board, says Ben Branham, market- ing manager for 3 A Composites USA. Short-term options are displays that will run for a week or two before they are discarded and recycled. Medium-term options might be displays that are going to be used throughout the year, say for a traveling exhibit or kiosk. Long-term applications are hanging signage, like wayfinding signs in schools, retail and grocery stores. Made from DUNA-USA's high-density urethane CORAFOAM board. (Photos courtesy of Signs by Van) (Photos courtesy of House of Signs)

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