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Making Even Bigger Labels

Tile Labels

“Tiling” refers to printing multiple strips of supply and assembling them to form a complete sign. Supply strips can be tiled onto a sign placard to create a sign that can be permanently installed or used in multiple locations.

Tiling signs is a simple process: First, place a single strip onto the application surface to provide a reference point for the rest of the supply strips. Then for each successive strip, peel off just one edge of the liner and apply the exposed adhesive to the surface. If the supply is properly lined up with the first strip, peel off the rest of the liner and complete the application.

Do not overlap the labels when tiling a sign. This creates ridges that can trap moisture, advance peeling and appear unprofessional. Repeat these steps until the sign is complete.

Large Labels & The Wet Application Technique

Big labels improve facility safety with highly visible hazard warnings that can be seen over long distances; however, properly applying them to surfaces can present a challenge greater than typical-sized labels.

Lubricating the application surface is recommended when applying large labels. The primary advantage of the “wet” application technique is the ability to reposition the label without damaging the vinyl or weakening the adhesive.

Before you begin wetting, make sure the application surface is clean. Isolpropyl alcohol should be wiped across the application surface with a clean cloth. Other cleaning agents feature added ingredients that may attack the paint of the surface or reduce the adhesive strength of the label.

The EZ-ON Application Kit is recommended for all types of label applications. This Kit features a proprietary wetting solution intended for DuraLabel Supplies. Take the following steps to wet and apply your large labels:

  1. Spray the application surface with EZ-ON wetting solution. Wet an area larger than the size of the label to accommodate adjustment and reapplication.
  2. Remove the label liner and spray the label adhesive with EZ-ON wetting solution. It is better to overspray than under-spray. The adhesive may catch and bond if the vinyl or surface is too dry.
  3. Place the label onto the application surface. Move the label around against the surface until it is properly positioned.
  4. Once the label is in position, use a squeegee to smooth out the label. Press down using moderately firm, overlapping strokes from the corner of the label to the center. Hold the squeegee at a 50-70 degree angle from the surface. This removes all air and fluid from underneath the label.
  5. Press the label again a few hours after the initial application to further improve the label's adhesive bond.

Wetting your large labels not only eases application, it also gives your large labels a more professional appearance. Proper application is critical because workers may disregard the label message if the label itself appears shoddy and unprofessional. The importance of a message can be conveyed in the care taken to deliver the message, which is why wet application is a valuable labeling technique.

Wayfinding Supports Rapid Emergency Evacuation

Office labels

A Wayfinding system incorporates branding, signs, maps and directional devices that tell us where we are, where we want to go, and how to get there.

Signs, labels and markings are critical components of facility wayfinding that help workers quickly exit a facility in the event of an emergency. They serve a critical role in large and complex buildings not only in emergencies, but also in aiding daily maneuvering throughout the facility. Wayfinding signs relay information to workers and occupants that provides options and suggestions for the best possible route of exit and evacuation.

The effectiveness of a wayfinding sign is determined by its visibility and directional instructions. Visibility is determined by the size of the sign, its information quality and location amid the internal configuration of the building. Consistent graphics also aid in understanding directions through a complex facility.

The visibility of wayfinding signs may be impaired by low lighting or a presence of smoke and fire. In this case, high-visibility supplies such as Reflective Vinyl Tape provide highly noticeable and glowing path to the exit.

Use a DuraLabel Printer to mark your facility's aisles, walls and floors so personnel can easily find items and locations.

Wayfinding is improved with larger signs. The DuraLabel 7000 prints signs up to 7" tall for clear visual communication from a distance. For signs up to 9" tall, print with the DuraLabel 9000. Call us today at 1-888-326-9244 and we'll help you find the right printer for your labeling needs!

The following list contains several popular DuraLabel sign applications for wayfinding:

  • Shadow marking - Label peg-boards and wall space to show correct placement of hanging tools and supplies.
  • Floor marking - Assign floor space for equipment and supplies with DuraLabel's Floor Marking Tape and Applicator.
  • Aisle marking - Color-coded signs and labels can help you mark aisles according to your own system.
  • Directional signs - Point employees and customers in the right direction by creating customized directional signs.

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