Road Signs and Traffic Signs:
why make them with a flatbed cutting plotter
Road signs and stickers:
the importance of a precise cut
Signs are a form of language by which we generally communicate and convey messages when it comes to traffic rules, dangers, indications and useful information.
The signs that we see everyday are covered with adhesives, reflective sheeting and diamond grade that require high precision and therefore need to be cut very often with flatbed cutting plotters. These pieces of equipment are particularly appreciated in a wide range of markets and applications, including vinyl decals and pvc sheets.
Materials, cut and tools
Diamond grade reflective sheeting provides for the greatest visibility and is thus ideal to be used for warning signs, signs at pedestrian crossings, highway signs, and so on and so forth.
The road sign stickers are often made of retroreflective PVC films and diamond grade sheets, traditionally in rolls of different lengths printed on one side only.
The production process is also guaranteed by the use of a cutting plotter with a tangential cutting tool, along with a high-resolution optical system, capable of recognizing printing crop marks and cutting in complete autonomy the most varied symbols reproduced on reflective and non-reflective supports.
Flatbed plotters: why use them
With a view of a perfect finishing, these materials require to be cut with a flatbed cutting plotter, such as Invicta, Optima or Integra flatbed plotter. The flatbed table keeps the material in place enabling flatbed cutters to deliver the most consistent and reliable performance in the processing of diamond grade reflective sheeting. In addition, they have the strength and sturdiness necessary for applications like this.
The performance remains excellent in all the various stages of the making of the sign:
- unfolding the protective film onto the reflective film
- mounting the printed film on the bed
- manual or automated cutting of the reflective material
- coil cutting.