Compression Formed ADA Signs
Compression Formed ADA Signs (aka Thermal Formed ADA Signs) are made by using a recently developed process allowing for a solid one-piece construction that is requested due to its durability and tamper proof nature.
Identification: Like Photopolymer Signs, Compression Formed ADA Signs are one piece construction. They can easily be identified by ensuring that the raised lettering is physically attached (not laminated) to the face plate. The edges of the raised lettering will be the same color as the face plate, and only the face of the raised lettering will be a separate color.
Production: The Compression Formed process starts with the machining of a phenolic plastic sheet to create a mold. The machining results in a mirror image of the desired sign in the phenolic sheet. The mold is placed into a press together with the acrylic panel that will be formed. The press applies high heat and pressure to squeeze the acrylic into the machined areas of the mold.
After the signs are cooled the acrylic is separated from the mold. It is then machined to final size. Signs are then surface painted (with the edges painted). Subsurface paint or print is also available through slight deviation of the process. After being painted, it goes through a screen printing process called “tipping” or “hot stamping” where just the tips of the raised characters are “tipped” a separate color.
Finally, the sign is often clear coated, ensuring that the screened area has a non-glare finish, as well as providing an extra layer of protection to the ink and paint.
Advantages: Compression Formed ADA Signs are very durable with even the Braille being a physical part of the face plate. They are great for school systems, correctional facilities, and any other area where your clients signs may be subject to tampering. They are also very well suited to use outdoors and as an alternative to etch Zinc ADA signs. If you’re looking for durability, this is a great option.
Disadvantages: The compression formed process is a time consuming process, which makes these signs difficult to produce in a limited time frame. Sizes are also limited to 23” x 23”.
Add-ons: UHB Tape for Mounting, Holes Drilled/Countersunk for Mounting, Radius Corners, Beveled Edges, Accent Bars, Back Plates, Cubicle Hangers, Window Areas for Paper Inserts, Conference Sliders, Wood Laminates, Metal Laminates, Inserted in Frames, and many more!