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September '19

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A&E SEPTEMBER 2019 • a-e-mag.com 13 INTEGRAL ADA More and more architects and designers specify ADA signs to be made with "one- piece construction," meaning that the tac- tile lettering and Braille is a solid part of the sign background. In response to this design specification, sign manufacturers are looking to new technologies including pho- topolymer, thermoforming, sandcarving, and direct UV printing. While each of these manufacturing techniques post unique challenges and additional investment, there still remains a broad market for traditional engraved ADA signs because, on the whole, they remain a cost-effective option for ADA signs on the market. One of the unique opportunities in our industry is the versatility of the equipment in an engraving shop. When budget cuts cause recognition or promotional efforts to take a backseat, you can redirect machinery and labor to another market. The most successful shops look for multiple lines of business to hedge against unforeseeable economic forces while offering a more complete suite of products and services to its clients. A sample graphic layout for an ADA sign. A&E L A E

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