Sign & Digital Graphics

2012 Buyers Guide

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Electronic Display—A general term referring to any type of electronic programmable display. Electronic Message Center (EMC)—A sign that utilizes computer-generated messages or some other electronic means of changing copy. These signs include displays using incandescent lamps, LEDs, LCDs or a fl ipper matrix. Also called changeable message signs (CMS). Electrostatic Film—Vinyl fi lm treated with a small charge of electricity, enabling it to temporarily, but fi rmly, adhere to glass and similar smooth substrates. Electrostatic Printer—A printing device based on xerography (the technology used in most photo copiers). Electrostatic printers (also called e-stat) transfer toner resins or dyes from an electrically charged plate or writing nib to a substrate, then thermally sets them. Electronic Kiosks—Terminals that disseminate information and services to the public through touch-screens and video displays. Electronic kiosks are often built by display companies and customized to individual needs by multimedia developers and value added resellers. They often incorporate card readers, coupon printers, and other devices specifi c to their application. Embellishments—Elements added to a sign face for aesthetics and visibility. Cut-outs, push- throughs, neon strips and clocks are all examples of embellishments. Emboss—The process of producing raised letters, particularly those produced by engraving dies or plates. Emulsion—A semi-liquid material that dries hard and is used in preparing stencils used in screen printing. Enclosure—A piece of equipment that houses the components, such as a monitor or display, and in some cases a computing device and/or other option peripherals devices such as printers, keyboards, etc. Engraving—Method of marking metal, plastic or glass in shallow, negative relief utilizing a bit or graver. Engraving may be done freehand, using a pantograph or computer-driven equipment. EPS (Encapsulated PostScript)—File type that allows different information, such as colors and fi ll patterns, to be carried between software programs. Files can include bitmap and vector information, including low-resolution fi les for thumbnail previews. Versions of this include variations from Adobe Illustrator (with .AI fi lename extensions for DOS and Windows). Enamel—a type of paint, usually opaque, that dries to a hard glossy fi nish. Mid-June 2012 73

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