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Making a Difference with Sheffield Shop Signs

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The Shop Signs Manufacturer with a Difference - Our Most Popular Business, Shop Signs, and Letter Types Image Sign Studio design and manufacturer the highest quality shop signs here in their Sheffield workshop. They manufacture a huge range of type of shop signs & business signs to suit every business from high-street shops to warehouses – in fact They’re still to find a job they can’t do! However, it’s always useful to have a list of our their popular shop sign types – you never know when you’ll be in the market

Image Sign Studio’s Most Popular Business, Shop Signs, and Letter Types

  • Fret cut signage – fret cut signage, also sometimes known as fret cut lettering or computer cut lettering, is where the letters and images are cut from a sheet of material usually using a CNC router or laser cutting machine
  • Aluminium tray sign – aluminium tray signage is where the business or shop sign is cut from or attached to an aluminium tray. The fixings are usually hidden, and the sign stands proud from the wall
  • Backlit sign – our signs can be easily backlit, usually using LEDs, to create a slick and modern looking sign. In other words, the sign is placed in front of a light-source. The light can either create a ‘floating’ effect or can shine through translucent areas to make the sign more visible at night.
  • Fret cut illuminated signs – fret cut illuminated signs are often made from aluminium panels. They often comprise of front and back trays which can be any colour and usually used when illumination is required. Great to create a lit 3D effect
  • Acrylic letters, flat cut letters, sign letters, acrylic cut out letters and aluminium letters – these letter types are created in our workshop and used for many purposes including in conjunction with the other types of signs
  • Perspex letters signage – letters cut in our workshop usually using a CNC router are used to create this popular and cost-effective signage. Good for back-lit or internally lit signage such as aluminium composite tray or aluminium tray sign
  • CNC signs – CNC signs are cut from material using a CNC router which is computer controlled. As such, these signs can be intricate and use images as well as standard letters
  • Light box sign – a lightbox sign is a type of illuminated sign using a frame and lighting source
  • Directional signage – this type of signage is used everywhere from shops and warehouses to schools and hospitals. It’s designed to be practical and clear giving people instructions and showing the way
  • Sign tray – a sign tray is used very commonly in shop signs and business signage and can be made from a wide range of materials. Often backlit or internally lit, this type of sign is a very popular choice for many businesses
  • Aluminium composite sign tray – similar to the aluminium tray sign, this sign is made from composite material and can be used for many purposes
  • Dibond signs – dibond signs are most commonly used when strength is an important factor. These signs provide resistance to physical impact and heat and are most commonly used for shop signs, wall signs, information and directional signage.

Find Out More About Our Different Types of Business Signage and Shop Signs

Get in touch with image Sign Studio today through their contact page or call them directly on 0114 261 7617 for more information on their range of shop signs, business signage and manufacturing workshop

Written by Chris

June 14th, 2018 at 12:42 pm

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Funky & Fun Wedding Ideas

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The biggest day of your life is on the horizon and it needs to be picture perfect. With so much to organize and book it’s easy to overlook some of the finer details, which is why we’ve put our favourite fun wedding ideas together in one place. These details may seem small on paper but they will help you to make your wedding day truly unforgettable.

Mr & Mrs Giant Letters

Elegant and beautifully lit giant letters can be used as a stunning focal piece for your special day. These large letters stand at 5 feet tall and create a fun vibe that your guests will L O V E. This is super creative and will give your wedding photos an amazing edge. The quality of your signs is essential, avoid cheap MDF imitations as these will lack the WOW factor desired. Fun4Hire Giant Letters are made from high quality steel fabricated in the UK so high quality and class is guaranteed.

You can choose from a range of designs to create the look you want with available options including:

  • MR & MRS
  • MR & MR
  • MRS & MRS
  • LOVE

See the fun4hire website page on Mr & Mrs giant letters for more information

LED Dance floor

We don’t know about you but we hate an empty dance floor! You can make the dance floor the place to be using our innovative LED design. Transform the day by adding a special starlight sparkle with our strong, low maintenance and easy to install LED dancefloor for weddings. The maximum floor size is 16ft x 16ft square giving you and all of your guests more than enough space to dance the night away.

See the fun4hire website page on dance floor renatal for more information

Photo booth

Add a fun, memorable and entertaining aspect to your wedding day by including a photo booth full of amusing props that will keep everyone laughing. This is a really great way to break the ice and to capture special moments in a lighthearted and enjoyable way. Our photo booth provides excellent quality photos in flattering lighting with creative backdrops. The best part is you can enjoy your wedding day without worrying about the booth working properly as one of our fun4hire attendants will be there to encourage guests to snap some pics and make sure everything runs smoothly.

See the fun4hire website page on Photobooths for hire for more information

These are just a few of our favourite wedding fun ideas for you and your guests to enjoy.

Whether you choose to include funky giant letters, dance floor rental or a photo booth to give your special day that extra oomph contact Fun4Hire on 07903 973 963 for high quality products, excellent service and competitive prices.

Written by Chris

June 13th, 2018 at 6:29 pm

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A break from the GDPR

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With the advent of GDPR and the associated excitement, confusion and panic, it’s often nice to take a few moments to distract yourself to think about something different and learn something new – which is exactly what I’ve just done!

My job involved getting involved in many other businesses and organisations, learning about their clients, business practices, and sales processes and this will often throw up new and interesting ways of approaching problems. I’ll also often have to learn about new products and services – anything from burrito restaurants to stock metal merchants – and this is where you’ll often find the really interesting bit!

For example, do you know what a ‘flail chopper’ is? No, neither did I until relatively recently. According to Wikipedia, a ‘flail mower is a type of powered garden or agricultural equipment, which is used to deal with heavier grass or scrub which a normal lawn mower could not cope with. Some smaller models are self-powered, but many are PTO driven implements, which can attach to the three-point hitches found on the rear of most tractors. This type of mower is best used to provide a rough cut to taller grass where contact with loose debris may be possible such as roadsides.’

Apparently, the word ‘flail’ relates to the use of chains, spikes or blades that area attached to the rotating drum (also known as a tube, rotor or axle.) Standard flails are shaped like an extruded “T” or “Y” and a chain attaches to the bottom. These ‘flails’ are often simply referred to as knives or blades and are spaced along the drum. According to Wikipedia ‘The flails are attached to the drum using chain links or brackets, depending on the manufacturer. The rotating drum is perpendicular to the axis of the tractor. The PTO driveshaft along the tractor’s axis must make a right angle through the use of a gearbox in order to transfer its rotational energy to the drum. As the drum rotates, centrifugal force pushes the flails outward.’

 

Written by Chris

May 25th, 2018 at 11:17 am

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The art of making leather: production of wet-blue

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Preparing the materials from hide to the fine-quality leather is a long process requiring time, knowledge, equipment and precision. For those of you fascinated in the leather products this article will hopefully help you imagine what is going on behind the doors of leather manufactories.

Production process of wet-blue leather

Production of the wet-blue leather has its specific flow. First, raw stock is selected – the material is mostly acquired from the cattle hide. Secondly, unnecessary part of the skin is trimmed and prepared for weighting. Measuring the weight is essential since appropriate amount of chemicals needs to be used for fleshing, and it depends solely on the weight of the skin. The next step in wet-blue leather production is the soaking which consists in rehydration of preserved raw hides. You know the soaking is done when flesh side becomes slippery. Then it is time for liminig which involves treatment of soaked hides with milk of lime (CaO). At this state, the hair is removed from the skin to be next fleshed, weighted again and put into a chemical bath.

Next stage is deliming – done to remove the lime, swelling and plumping.

Chemicals used in this process need to have ability to reduce pH. The following stage is called bathing and it is really interesting since here is when we decided the use of the finished leather. Depending on it, we treat the hide with enzymes (weak, mid strong or strong) to soften it appropriately. Next, comes the pickling – we call it a process of treating delimed pelt with a solution of acid and salt. Among other advantages, pickling helps to reduce astringency of chrome tanned leather.

Wet-blue leather is chrome tanned using chrome tanning salts and this process (taking place after the pickling) leaves the hide with blueish color. Then, the skin is going through basification – done to increase the strength properties of the material. After that, the final stage of preparing the leather is draining out the chrome liquor and piling up the material for 4-7 days in order to complete the fixation and polymerization reactions. It’s important to note that chrome-tanned leather is generally stronger than vegetable-tanned leather, so has a wider variety of possible uses.

Written by Chris

February 11th, 2017 at 12:18 pm

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Rise of Digital Print

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As time has gone on and consumer’s tastes have developed and changed, leather world marketing has evolved with them. Wanting to maintain a strong position at leather market it has become essential for organizations to fully coordinate their marketing communication strategies to ensure they deliver clear, constant and competitive messages about themselves and the items they indorse. By having creative and innovative marketing communications that can reinvent new ways of interaction, which is something that could make a business the new leather market leader. Relationship marketing has generally taken a back seat for the past decades but not anymore. It has become a key in the marketing strategic plans and must keep up with its customer’s wants and needs.

Integrated marketing communications is a way in which a company can keep up its relations with its customers. There are a great deal of benefits to using IMC’s and this is becoming more and more apparent as you look around your surroundings and at leather world. IMC’s is now everywhere. You can pick up a product and the sales women will offer you a personal service due to product you have picked up. This is not something that has been missed by luxury brands.

More and more consumers are demanding personalised items and brands are giving it to them, as the leather market has to evolve along with other branches. Nike for years has given their customers the chance to customise your own pair of trainers. Prada has also jump on the band wagon by offering customers the chance to customise their shoe uppers and even the soles of the shoe. As brands start to follow this trend the technology of digital print starts to really show itself for what it is.
Digital printing is one of the ultimate personations as you can create your own pattern and have small details added that one couldn’t before.

The digital print era isn’t limited to footwear and leather world goods. Automotive and aviation have also taken it on board; KLM airline are replacing all their embroidered monogram headrests with digitally printed ones. This isn’t just increase longevity of the headrest but it is also more hygienic. The more bespoke car companies are also getting asked for customisation to a greater detail. With digital printing the sky is the limit, you can take a piece of leather and make it look as if it were a completely different material.

Feetz are an American company that have made the move into completely three dimensionally printed shoes. These are made to fully fit the customer to perfection. Modern Meadow are at the forefront for changing the way we think about leather. They have managed to grow defect free leather in a lab. Will their technology end the leather market as we know it? This is an ongoing experiment but one that looks promising in the way of saving the environment but doomy for the leather industry. As more and more consumers are becoming wary of where their items are coming from.

Will we one day be able to digitally print three dimensional leather shoes?

Written by Chris

June 20th, 2016 at 1:11 pm

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Richard Branson is looking for Britains best business ideas

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Pitch to Rich 2015 launched 24th March. This is your chance to pitch your business idea to Richard Branson. The ten best pitches will win a share of more than £1,000,000 in prizes. You’ll have until 5th May to submit your pitch and get enough votes to get you through to pitch to Rich at the live finale in June.

See the TV advert for more information:

Written by Chris

March 27th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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Boost Your Christmas Sales with a New Shop Sign Sheffield

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Now is the time to ensure that you make the most of attracting the shoppers into your retail store. According to Mintel’s Christmas 2014 predictions, although online sales are again set to increase, a whopping 87% of all retail sales will be made in shops in December 2014.

Online business Website City AM recently reported that although fewer shoppers visited shopping centres and high streets this summer, retail spending was actually at its highest since January.

Footfall in Out of Town Retail Parks Decreases

The Director of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Helen Dickinson said that although footfall had decreased, the amount of money that was spent by shoppers per trip had actually increased. The data went on to reveal that although footfall has decreased on high streets and shopping centres, it increased by 2.9% in out-of-town retail parks during August 2014.

“It seems that customers are hitting the high streets with purpose – knowing what they want to buy ahead of time, supported by online research ­– and doing more shopping in a single trip,” Helen Dickinson said.

Expert Sign Makers Sheffield

As expert sign makers in Sheffield, Image Sign Studio are well aware of the increasing popularity of online shopping, but we firmly believe that there is plenty of scope for retail shops to claim their fair share of the market. There’s nothing like going into a shop and physically holding a product, then to come home with the item in your shopping bag on that very day. For all the convenience of online shopping, there’s only so much you can find out about the item from looking at it on a screen and reading reviews.

Online shopping may be as popular as ever, but the research suggests that there is still an enormous amount of people stepping out on the high street, shopping centres and retail parks.

Stand Out This Winter with an Illuminated Shop Sign Sheffield

One of the ways that you can attract these customers is by investing in a new shop sign Sheffield ready to catch those festive shoppers. As the nights draw in and the weather becomes autumnal, perhaps an illuminated shop sign Sheffield may be the perfect choice for your business?

If you are looking for a shop sign Sheffield that will increase your visibility on the high street over the festive season, Image Sign Studio can help. The staff at their Sheffield sign shop will offer you all the helpful advice and direction you need to ensure that your business makes a great first impression. Call them on 0114 261 7617 for more information today.

Keeping Your Planer Blades in Great Working Condition

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Keeping Your Planer Blades in Great Working Condition

As a rule of thumb; planer blades tend to be sturdy and resistant to heavy duty work – as long as they are properly maintained. If they are not, then understandably the work that you carry out will suffer as a result. Understanding why it is important to properly maintain your woodworking tools is the most important step to take.

82mm planer blades are just one example of woodworking tools that need to be kept sharp. If they are not, your end product will suffer significantly. The result for taking care of maintenance issues can only be positive; and will help you achieve the best possible end product result. It will also showcase your knowledge of issues surrounding in quality control and help you impress in the process.

No Better Place to Get Your Planer Blades

Here at Knife-Point we stock an entirety of different blades. Thanks to our incredible range of products, you will always find the right tool with us – no matter what trade you work in or task you need to carry out. We are confident that you will come back to us time and time again; thanks to our dedicated, experienced team. You can view all of our products here, at www.knife-point.co.uk.

Without understanding both the importance of keeping your planer blades in good condition – and also how best to utilize it – not only will your planer blade not work properly, it will also subsequently result in you being unable to produce a high standard product.

Understanding Planer Blades Maintenance

If ones of your planer blades requires maintenance, then you will need to follow a number of simple steps to carry out the job successfully. There are a number of resources available to tell you how you can do it best; which include guidelines on using an oiled whetstone, the importance of removing chips on the blade and ensuring that the blade is worked with a pushing action and not a pulling action

When it comes to understanding whether your product needs to be maintained, it is helpful to do your research (we often provide advice through this blog). Perhaps the best way to test the sharpness of the blade is by tilting it up to the light. By observing how the light reflects off the bevel of the blade, you can gauge its condition. If the blade is sharp, then the bevel will appear flat.

Take Time to Maintain Your Planer Blades

It is useful to wait a few seconds when you start up your planer to carry out work. This enables the motor to reach full speed; and the blade can now be eased into contact with the material. From this point, you can push forward at a steady pace, ensuring that you continue to apply pressure on the front of the planer as it meets your piece of work.

When actually implementing the use of planer blades proper balance is essential. Distribution of body weight – by keeping your feet apart in a comfortable position – enables you to maintain the closest control when using a wood planer. Naturally, the end product will emanate accuracy and quality as a result.

 

Swann Morton and Stanley Knife Blades Help Design and Architecture Students Excel

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For design students; the constant pressures of having to meet deadlines; alongside working the late nights that ensure they can meet them; can make the little things so much more valuable. If you are a design student, taking a course such as architecture or product design, you will understand the emphasis that it constantly placed on achieving accuracy in your work. It can be the single most important factor between obtaining poor and excellent grades.

You can ensure that your are well on the road to the latter by taking accuracy seriously, and you can do this through the choice to use Swann Morton and Stanley knife blades in your work. This will pay off in the long run; helping you to achieve an excellent impression in the process. An example of this being put into practice would be a product design student who is making a scale model.

The quality of the components making up the model will be the difference between its success and failure. As such; the standard of your cutting blades will be the decisive factor towards that model making a good impression; and in the process could be the main thing that ensures your concept bears fruit.

Don’t Waste Time

If you are a student who finds yourself in this situation; evidencing that you are able to work to only the highest levels of accuracy – right from the off – could be the key contributing factor towards your idea’s success.

Wasted time having to remanufacture models because they haven’t been cut accurately can be extremely demoralizing. Achieving precision first time is endlessly satisfying; and understanding that you can do this through purchasing the best cutting tools is invaluable.

By taking ownership of the importance of attention to detail; you are also making your own life easier in the process. When dealing with the pressures of university life; taking such measures can be extremely rewarding.

Swann Morton and Stanley Knife Blades Always a Sharp Choice

Blades from both of these established producers can ensure that the level of your work is only of the highest standard – helping to ensure good grades in the process! Consistency and quality of finish are two qualities that will shine through in the components that make up your product.

Having taken the time to research and understand the importance of accuracy; you need to do the same thing when deciding on the tools that you should use in your work. Swann Morton and Stanley knife blades are guaranteed to help you achieve the quality that you require. With many years of experience, it is easy to understand why they have been such successful suppliers for so long.

Industry Leaders

At Knife-Point; we understand the importance that needs to be placed on meeting the individual needs of each and every customer. We can always ensure that you get your hands on the knife products that will allow you to achieve the greatest success in the tasks you are carrying out – whatever they may be.

Both of these established manufacturer’s blades can be bought in an array of different quantities; directly from us here at Knife-Point. We are vastly experienced knife providers; with extensive knowledge of both the supply and production of a whole host of blades.

Our passion and dedication shines through in every customer transaction that we enter in to; and our satisfaction comes from knowing that we are able to provide you with any number of products that will allow you to carry out high quality work.

 

Achieving Craft Perfection Through Swann Morton and Stanley Knife Blades

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The world of work is always varied; and accuracy can never be overstated. In trades such as the craft industry, this takes up even more relevance. There are few things worse than knowing that you have wasted your time on a piece of work; only for it to go to waste thanks to the poor quality of cutting tools like knives. Stanley knife blades and Swann Morton knives can ensure you are able to obtain the essential precision for carrying out hobby craft tasks.

Keeping your blades sharp is so important in industries that include the production of card making, model making and artwork. Anything other than the best knife tools will result in the creation of a product that is severely lacking in quality.

Recognized Reputation

Craft industry professionals and those interested in craft that may be working on projects for sectors such as card production and model making; will see the obvious value in these sentiments – Swann Morton and Stanley knife blades have been helping them to achieve great results in their work for many years.

The benefits of using knife blades from established manufacturers are obvious. They have a reputation that has been founded through years of dedicated work; which has enabled them to guarantee quality assurance. Swann Morton and Stanley knife blades are excellent examples of this.

The Cost of Inaccuracy

Achieving consistency and a quality finish is so important in craft production. It is a profession that requires serious care; and thorough and comprehensive attention is vital. For example; a card maker whose products evidence inaccuracy when cutting features would see their business sales substantially drop.

Inaccurate features on craft products can leave customers feeling extremely dissatisfied; and resultantly sales of their products would be significantly affected. The knife chosen by the craft artist making the card can be the difference between achieving success and failure in their business.

Experience Pays

Here at Knifepoint we stock products by a whole host of manufacturers; ensuring that you will always be able to find the knives and knife blades that are best suited to you. We manufacture our own knives as well; further evidencing the professional versatility of our products.

With many years of valued experience in the manufacture of knives; we continue to be a leader of knife supply within the area and further afield. Our quality and dedication towards what we do is just one of the many reasons that our customers continue to come back to us.

Both Swann Morton and Stanley knife blades can be used in the production of a whole host of materials; including paper, card and plastics. Blades can be bought in packs; and are often made to be easily swapped around; ensuring only the highest quality of work is being undertaken when using them.