What is the Quick-Change™ Feature?

The new Quick-Change™ feature allows sign owners to slip their sign substrates into their frames without any tooling or maintenance whatsoever, giving them more versatility than ever before. It is simpler to use than its alternatives, it allows sign owners to print on multiple sides of their poster substrates, and it makes it easy to rotate between a number of different signs. If you’d like to get the most out of your sign frame by using it as many times as possible, the Quick-Change™ is worth the look.

To add the sign to the frame:

  1. Lift the poster substrate so that the two top corners go into the slot at the top of the frame.
  2. Lower the poster substrate so that the two lower corners drop into the slot at the bottom of the frame.

To remove the sign from the frame:

  1. Lift the poster substrate into the top slot, as far up as possible.
  2. Lower the poster substrate so that it does not drop into the bottom slot, but rather towards the floor.
  3. Lift the poster substrate upwards, clear of the frame.

Watch how it’s done here:

Shop sign frames with the Quick-Change feature:

The Signicade Deluxe

The Signicade MDX

The Metropolitan 

The Billboard 

The Econo Classic

The Simpo Square

The Quik Sign

The Wind Sign II

The Wind Sign Deluxe

LED Signs: What to Know

When it comes to signage, grabbing attention is of vital importance. If you’re working with road signs or workplace signs, and are in need of something that stands out, LEDs may be your answer.

LEDs (light emitting diodes) are the superior alternative to incandescent lights because they produce a stronger light with less energy. This allows the lights, which do not burn through filament, to last longer and produce less waste. Not only do LEDs save you money, but they are also durable and do not produce UV emissions.

LED Stop Sign

LED Traffic Signs

Road signs with LEDs grab the driver’s attention and help illuminate the message. They are often found at schools, on work sites, or at places where driver and pedestrian safety is of vital importance. Generally, 6-8 clusters of high-intensity flashing white LEDs will surround the edges of the aluminum sign, extending the visibility.

Directional light is most often used with LED signage, where the light is directed horizontally towards the recipient. Viewing directional light straight on will provide much more brightness than at an angle, so it may be important to understand the usage you’re looking to get out of your sign, so that you may mount and angle them appropriately.

LED solar traffic panel

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) specifies that LEDs should flash simultaneously between 50 and 60 times per minute, among other things. All LED traffic signs found in our store conform to the specifications of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), set forth in the MUTCD. LED traffic signs may be AC powered, battery powered or solar powered. The low powered lights allow for solar powered units to be an effective and energy efficient option.

Open/Closed LED Sign - Red/Green

LED Display Signs

LED display signs go by many different names and are illuminated in a number of manners. They are made of many smaller LEDs grouped together that form a message or image when powered on. Some are backlit, meaning the black background is also illuminated. Others have a solid black background that does not light up with the letters. These display signs are usually mounted from the ceiling, wall or on a pole, and are AC powered.

When it comes to ideal viewing distances, the pixel pitch can help you determine the proper resolution. The pixel pitch of an LED refers to how spread out the pixels are. Signs with less distance between pixels will have more detailed resolution, ideal for close viewing distances. Display LEDs usually are grouped together in threes: a red, blue and green LED. Many display LEDs come with preset messages and colors.

View LED Signs at Traffic Safety Warehouse: http://www.trafficsafetywarehouse.com/LED-Traffic-Signs-LED-Signal-Signs/products/75/

Parking Lot Safety

Parking Lot Safety

The National Safety Council reports that over 500 deaths and 60,000 injuries occur in parking lots and that number is on the rise. They cited the primary reason as the increase in mobile devices by both pedestrians and drivers.

According to a poll from the National Security Council*, respondents said they would do the following while driving their car through a parking lot:

  • Program GPS  – 63%
  • Send or receive emails  – 50%
  • Use social media – 52%
  • Take photos or watch videos – 49%
  • Use a smartwatch  – 43%
  • Surf the Internet – 43%
  • Video chat – 42%

View the CBS video below to see the full story.

Parking Lot Safety Tips

  • Put your phone away and no earbuds. Both your eyes and your ears should be engaged to watch for traffic and listen for moving cars.
  • Be alert to your surroundings. Pedestrians should keep their eyes up and off any screens and moving to scan their surroundings like they would at a street crossing.  Drivers should be trying to scan the full 360 degrees before backing out of their space.
  • Pedestrians don’t assume that drivers can see you. More often than not the pedestrian sees the car moving before the driver will see the pedestrian walking.
  • Walking in groups is better for both general safety and for helping drivers to see you.
  • Avoid parking next to someone who is parked at an angle when possible.
  • Wear the right shoes in slippery weather to help avoid falling in the parking lot.
  • Pedestrians should not take shortcuts between cars. Drivers are typically not expecting people to appear between cars.
  • During the day it is suggested that you park further away from the building where it is less congested. At night you will want to park closer so you have less distance to walk to your car (especially if you are by yourself) and so you are closer to building lights.

While the responsibility lies with individuals to be alert and take care for both their own lives and the lives of others, there may be some products that will help to keep your parking lot safer.

Car Coming Parking Lot Alert

Be Alert Sign

Create Your Own Sign with Custom Message:

Write On Sign Board

Flex Sign

 

Parking Lot Safety Reference Links:

http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/13340-avoid-parking-lot-hazards

http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/safety/general-safety/parking-lot-safety/

*http://www.nsc.org/Connect/NSCNewsReleases/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=164

MUTCD Regulatory Signs

MUTCD Regulatory Sign Designations

A listing of some of the most common MUTCD regulatory signs and their designations.

Reflective Sheeting

Retroreflective Sheeting for Safety Signs & Equipment

Retroreflective Sheeting – Sheeting Grades and Uses

Reflective SheetingPresented by Traffic Safety Warehouse

Retroreflective Sheeting Transcript

Reflective sheeting is the material that makes road signs visible in the dark without having to rely on electricity.

Visibility increases with increasing grades of reflective sheeting with Diamond grade providing the most visibility for signs.

9 Types of Sheeting

  • Type I – Engineer Grade, glass bead material, example use: high signs, construction zone devices and delineators
  • Type II – Super Engineer Grade, glass bead material, example use: high signs, construction zone devices and delineators
  • Type III – High Intensity Prismatic, glass bead material, example use: high signs, construction zone devices and delineators
  • Type IV (metallized), microplasmatic material, example use: high signs, construction zone devices and delineators
  • Type V (unmetallized), microplasmatic material, example use: delineators
  • Type VI (Flexible Vinyl Retroreflective), flexible microplasmatic material, example use: roll-up signs, traffic cone collars, post bands
  • Type VII (unmetallized), diamond grade, microplasmatic material, example use: high way signs, construction zone devices, delineators
  • Type VIII(unmetallized), diamond grade, microplasmatic material, example use: high way signs, construction zone devices, delineators
  • Type IX (unmetallized), diamond grade, microplasmatic material, example use: high way signs, construction zone devices, delineators

3 common grade categories for safety products:

Engineering Grade,High Intensity Prismatic and Diamond Grade

Night Time Visibility

Typical night time visibility measures:
Engineer Grade – about 500 feet
High Intensity Prismatic – about 1000 feet
Diamond Grade – about 1500 feet

Reflective Sheeting Products:
Traffic Signs
Roll-up Signs
Delineators

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*Information References:
ww.dot.state.mn.us
safety.fhwa.dot.gov
Selecting Traffic Sign Materials

A-Frame Sign Colors

Sign Colors

Signicade A-Frame signs now come in even more colors. The signs are durable, very versatile and affordable.  Customers can now choose from a wider assortment of colors including red, blue, green, white, yellow, orange and black.  These Signicade A-Frame signs are built of all plastic and have a regressed sign area to help protect the sign faces. The sign face can hold vinyl sheeting, metal Coroplast™ or acrylic sign blanks.  If needed, the signs can be internally ballasted with sand to give them extra upright stability.  Each signicade A-Frame sign comes with a molded-in-handle for easy transportation and they stack easily.

Available Sign Colors:

Sign Colors

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Retroreflectivity & Sign Visibility

Sign visibility in construction, school and pedestrian zones has always been a big priority for increasing safety. With advances in technology, there are better options available to help decrease the likelihood of accidents.  To understand reflectivity and visibility, it is helpful to understand a few important terms first.

Sheeting – is the  front of the sign that is attached to the substrate.  The sheeting helps determine both the retroreflectivity and the sturdiness of the sign. The majority of traffic signs are required to be reflective according to the the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and OSHA.

Retroreflectivity – retroreflectivity is a measure of a materials’s a ability to reflect light back to its originating source and affects the visibility of the sign it’s used on.  Engineer grade reflective was once the standard for sheeting material on reflective signs but new FHWA regulations have replaced this material with materials like High-Intensity (Prismatic) Reflective and Diamond Grade Reflective. Prismatic reflective sheeting meets all of the FHWA, MUTCD and OSHA requirements. Diamond Grade Reflective is now the standard used when very high retroreflectivity is needed to ensure greater visibility.  Hilly roadways, roads with sharp turns and/or really dim lit roads are all candidates for this type of sheeting material.

Traffic Safety Warehouse carries a huge assortment Engineer Grade products,  High Intensity Prismatic Sheeting products  and Diamond Grade Sheeting safety products including barricades, channelizers and diamond grade tape.  If you have questions concerning which is the most appropriate grade for your project, just give us a call.

More Resources on Sign Reflectivity and Visibility Requirements:

FHWA Sign Retroreflectivity Requirements 

OSHA Safety Requirements for Signs, Signals and Barricades

MUTCD Sign Retroreflectivity Requirements

Signicade Signs

Which Signicade Sign is Right for Me?

If you are looking for quality sign products that will last and withstand tough weather conditions, Signicade signs are one of the most reliable brands available.  Signicade signs are portable and durable.  They come in several versions to accommodate the needs of any business.

The original Signicade Sign Stand is made of heavy duty plastic and has a slightly recessed face to help protect the sign that you may install with screws, nuts or two-sided adhesive.  They can be internally ballasted with sand to keep them standing in windier conditions.  This sign type is best for displays that are permanent or that you plan to change infrequently.

If you are in need of a sign that will allow you to change messaging more frequently and easily you will likely find the Signicade Deluxe Sign Stand to be the best fit. These sign stands also are made of durable plastic and allow for internal ballasting with sand to stabilize for windier weather. Additionally, the Signicade Deluxe Sign Stand has a “Quick Change” feature which allows you to quickly and easily change your messaging.  Once your new sign message is inserted “Stay Tabs” keep your sign securely in place.

For a more complete look at both signs, please watch the video below.

Call us at 866-966-1018 with any questions you have.

Simpo Signs – Plasticade Simpo Square Sandwich Sign

The Plasticade Simpo Square 24 Sign Stand is one of our best sign products because of its durability and flexibility of use.  Because they are all plastic, they will not rust and the need for maintenance is eliminated. Just wipe them down from time to time and you are set to go.  The simpo signs include a patented quick change feature which allows the sign to literally be changed in seconds.  The sign itself is held in place with stay tabs so that it is held securely and will not shift.  On top of the simpo sign there are grabber hinges with allow a rider panel to be used.  When opened all the way, it will keep the sign from opening too far. The sign stand has textured feet to avoid sliding and is internally ballastable with up to 3 pounds of sand on each side.

This is a great sign for real estate signs, sidewalk signs, store signs, restaurant signs and more.  They are extremely reasonably priced and will last a long, long time.

For more detail view the vide on Plasticade Simpo Signs below:

 

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