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  • Interpretive Display Unit Graphics Question

    Posted by Myles Brewer on May 1, 2024 at 6:21 pm

    Hi All,

    Just wondering is there a standard or preferable way to produce graphics to go inside these type of units & how are they fixed generally?

    I know sometimes if they get condensation inside the glass/polycarbonate then it can obstruct visibility, so I was wondering if anyone ever uses reverse print vinyl & fits direct onto the back of the glazing?

    Otherwise presumably it would need to be print onto a composite panel?

    I have just heard from someone that they had posters glued onto MDF which had worked ok for several years!! Not sure what sort of poster though.

    The units I am tasked to produce them for are sealed well & lockable.

    The pics are just for a reference to the type of cabinets I’m refering to

    Myles Brewer replied 1 week ago 3 Members · 10 Replies
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  • RobertLambie

    May 2, 2024 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Myles

    I agree, the cheap boxes we see here there and everywhere tend to condensate or look pretty drab after a while. Worse still, those that are supposed to update them regularly, never do and you see curled-up sun-bleached paper in them.

    The traditional free-standing notice/poster holder in your photo with the modern poster clip frames inside to hold the paper notices flat. WTF ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿคฃ

    Joking aside, I know these things serve a purpose and sourced from credible trade suppliers they do look the part, just that I am not a fan of them in general.

    I can’t say I have paid much attention to how the internals are set-up these days.
    There was one in Bannatynes Gym that I go to, that looked like the posters and notices had push pins holding them in place. so I imagine the background will be a cork or felt board of some sort.

    Your suggestion of reverse printed vinyl applied to the inside of the window would give a good finish and last a while. however, these notice boards tend to require changing now and again and I think the removal of the vinyl stuck to thin clear acrylic could end up problematic.

    Composite, hoarding board or even correx with printed vinyl mounted to the face and placed inside would certainly look much better than paper and the ink’s UV stability will mean it lasts longer too. But you still have to mount the panel inside, if it’s not full size. Maybe double-sided velcro pads will secure it and easily remove too.

  • Myles Brewer

    May 6, 2024 at 11:12 am

    Thanks for the reply Rob,

    Ha Ha!! I hadn’t actually looked that closely at the pics I attached!! Perhaps I should have, but it was really only intended to show that style of old style frame with the cast iron posts. I do most definitely concur with your comments about the snap frames inside that one though!! OMG! What were they thinking!๐Ÿคฃ

    Anyway, I have more info now on the ones I’m dealing with & they are actually well built units with cast aluminium posts & a lockable sealed aluminium display case which has a smooth white coated steel sheet backing so magnets could be used for paper posters.

    In my particular situation the graphics will be permanent so I think a polymeric vinyl fitted direct to the rear steel panel should do the job ok but still be easy enough to update if ever required in future.

  • RobertLambie

    May 6, 2024 at 10:33 pm

    Yes, I think you are correct Myles, print vinyl applied directly to the metal will keep it looking good over a longer period of time. Alternatively, you could mount the prints to a magnetic panel and give them it to apply it to the metal themselves.

    A3, A4, and A5 notices would be easy for them to just sit in place being magnetic on the metal back.
    It also means they can move them around to suit the available space. change, or replace them at a later date with the same ones. if that make sense?

    obviously, if the notices are always changing and they want to print them themselves, that’s not going to work.

  • Myles Brewer

    May 8, 2024 at 8:56 am

    They are going to be a single 1200x900mm approx permanent graphic so no need for magnetics in this case. They are basically historical information about the local area, so unless any errors in information found on them then hopefully they will be there for a good few years!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘

  • Myles Brewer

    May 21, 2024 at 12:32 pm

    A quick update on this job. All went swimmingly, actually turned out a very simple job with a polymeric matt laminated vinyl print fixed directly onto the coated steel back panel. Customer very happy & hopefully a long lasting job.

  • RobertLambie

    May 22, 2024 at 2:00 am

    The finished job looks great, Myles. Well done mate. ๐Ÿ‘

    Now that I can see the actual signs and what you had to do, I think I was confusing matters on what should be done. In my head, I thought you still had to display changeable notices alongside a semi-permanent vinyl/rigid notice. Anyway, the main thing is you got there in the end and looks great.

    Thanks for taking the time to post the completed job mate. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jeff

    May 22, 2024 at 10:31 am

    Smart and tidy, mate. ๐Ÿ‘

    you have to ask why a poster holding unit for a fixed sign. ๐Ÿค”

  • Myles Brewer

    May 22, 2024 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks guys.

    Ha Ha! yes it’s easy to get confused Rob when I tend to waffle quite a lot & always use 5 words when one would probably do!!๐Ÿคฃ

    Jeff I think they just wanted well built sturdy display units & after that they didn’t really know much about graphics or how they would be produced or fixed & left that to me. I had no input in the procurement or fitting of the units.

  • Jeff

    May 23, 2024 at 10:09 am

    the units look good. do you know where they got them from Myles?

    • Myles Brewer

      May 23, 2024 at 11:23 am

      Hi Jeff, yes they were from a company called Castit in Republic of Ireland.

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