Archive for January, 2011

High Tech Sign Application at CNP

Business signs need to be up as quickly as possible.  And nowhere is that more true than when companies re-brand or re-image their look.  When faced with the possibility of changing out over a thousand new signs for Jack in the Box, CNP Signs & Graphics found a high-tech way to speed up the process with a large format flatbed laminator from RollsRoller, UK.

This custom laminator measures 8ft by 16ft and allows CNP to lay vinyl images and graphics on to a clear plastic substrait without the typical problems of such a large signface.  Historically, laying vinyl images on plexiglass or lexan involved using lots of soapy RapidTech spray and squeegee-ing the graphics into place.  This resulted in a wet workspace and the potential for a skewed application.  In the past, forming of the wet graphics had to wait until it had time to dry completely. 

The RollsRoller laminator, by contrast, is a completely dry process and eliminates many of the possible pitfalls associated with hand-set graphics. 

“With such a large face-change project for Jack in the Box, it made sense to streamline our process with a machine like the RollsRoller,” says CNP Signs & Graphics Vice President Rick McCarter.  ”Additionally, by being able to immediately form the laminated sheets, it’s about four times as fast as the traditional method of application.”


Portland Proposes $1000-a-day fines for illegal signs

Business signs in Portland may be fined hefty amounts if proposals by City leaders go into effect.

The Oregonian reports that “to deal with large and prohibited signs in Portland, City Commissioner Randy Leonard is considering new fines of up to $1,000 per day for non-compliant businesses.”

New State laws would authorize fines of up to $1000 a day for the worst violators.

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Leonard, fresh from his examination of rule-breaking seating areas at food carts, now is having his Bureau of Development Services review a sizable inventory of signs suspected to be larger than the 200 square feet permitted by city code.

Leonard said he hopes to have staff begin working through a backlog of complaints as soon as this week. Leonard said he might propose that funding from the sign industry pay for a full-time city position to enforce regulations.

The fines, he said, could be modeled after a new state statute authorizing up to $1,000 a day, or the revenue generated by the incompliant sign. Leonard said he might propose adopting those fines, outlined in ORS 377.992.

“I want to make sure that the illegal sign owners are truly discouraged from flaunting the city’s billboard regulations and do not simply role the current modest fine into the cost of their doing business,” Leonard said in an e-mail.

Uncertified Sprayers Subject to Fines

ISA (Internation Sign Association) sent out this update that paint sprayers who are not certified, like painters at CNP Signs & Graphics are, will now be subject to fines from the EPA.

Uncertified Spray Painters Are Now Subject to Fines

The EPA deadline to certify existing spray painters under the NESHAPs 6h rule expired on Monday. This makes it illegal for uncertified painters to practice their profession without restriction. Sign shop painters not certified under the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants regulations are prohibited from spray coating if they have not been trained in newly imposed spray-coating requirements. The rule requires employee training (classroom and hands-on); approved spray guns, filters and prep booths; and annual notification and record-keeping of compliance. ISA has trained more than 250 paint technicians and will hold several more Web training sessions to ensure thorough industry compliance

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