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2014 Traffic Sign Retroreflective Sheeting Identification Guide

  FHWA Publication Number: FHWA-SA-14-022. You may download and print the electronic version of this document, available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/retro This document is intended to help identify sign sheeting materials for rigid signs and their common specification designations. It is not a qualified product list. FHWA does not endorse or approve sign sheeting materials. Many other sheeting materials not listed here are available for delineation and construction/work zone uses. Many sign sheeting materials have watermarks and/or patterns that are used to identify the material type and manufacturer. The watermarks shown in this guide have been enhanced. The watermarks will be less visible in practice and may not be present on smaller pieces of sheeting due to the spacing.
Retroreflective Sheeting Materials Made with Micro-Prism
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D4956-04 (5) (5) III, IV III, IV, X (5) (5) (5) / X (5)
D4956-13 I I III, IV III, IV III, IV III, IV VIII VIII
M268-13 (6) (6) B B B B B B
Manufacturer 3M™ Avery Dennison® Avery Dennison® 3M™ ORAFOL Americas Inc Nippon Carbide Nippon Carbide 3M™
Brand Name EGP PEG HIP HIP ORALITE® HIP HIM Crystal Grade Reflective Sheeting
Series 3430 T-2500 T-6500 3930 5900/5930 CRG 94000 CRG 92000 3940
NOTES: (8) (8)
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D4956-04 VIII VII, VIII, X IX IX (5) (5) (5) (5)
D4956-13 VIII VIII IX IX IX IX XI XI
M268-13 B (7) B B B B D D
Manufacturer Avery Dennison® 3M™ 3M™ Avery Dennison® Nippon Carbide ORAFOL Americas Inc 3M™ Avery Dennison®
Brand Name MVP Prismatic Diamond Grade™ LDP Diamond Grade™ VIP OmniView™ Crystal Grade ORALITE® Diamond Grade™ DG3 OmniCube™
Series T-7500 3970 3990 T-9500 95000 7900 4000 T-11500
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5) Material was either unavailable in 2005 (previous version of this Guide) or unassigned in the 2004 version of ASTM D4956. 6) Sheeting material does not meet minimum AASHTO classification criteria. 7) Material has been discontinued prior to AASHTO M268-10. 8) Section 2A.08 of the 2009 MUTCD (http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov) does not allow this sheeting type to be used for new yellow or orange signs, or new legends on green signs. 9) Material no longer sold in the United States as of the date of this publication.

Resources

Federal Highway Administration – http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/retro Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) – http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov Texas A&M Transportation Institute – http://tti.tamu.edu/visibility ASTM – http://www.astm.org AASHTO – http://www.transportation.org
1. What process do you use to print Mugs?
Mugs are printed by a CMYK digital print process.
2. What types of files do you accept for Mugs?
Acceptable files types at the moment are .pdf, .jpg, and .eps files.
3. What is the total print area for the Mugs?
The print area is 8.5x3 for the 11oz. Mug and 9x4 for the 15oz. Mug. It is then centered and wrapped around the mug. tyyttyq As you can see, the print area (GREEN) will be printed on the Mug. Anything outside that area (RED) will not be printed. Remember, the print area for the 11oz. Mug is 8.5x3 while the print area for the 15oz. Mug tyytyhyhhaq Above is an example of offset position for Mugs. As you can see, you can achive a left, center, or right print by positioning the logo or artwork accordingly on the 8.5x3 document size.
4. How can I get a sample of the Mugs?
You can purchase one Mug through our trade site if you need samples for your customers. We do not offer free samples at this time.
5. What background color should I use for the Mugs?
For White Mugs, the background color must be C-0 M-0 Y-0 K-0. White color for White Mugs will be ignored. hyftftghfhyfyyyq
6. Do you offer templates to assist in setup for Mugs?
To help visualize setup and bleed rules, you can use our Mug templates available.
7. Do I need to setup my Mug files with Bleed?
The print area is 8.5x3 for the 11oz. Mug and 9x4 for the 15oz. Mug. It is then centered and wrapped around the mug.
8. Do I need to include crop marks for my Mug files?
No, please do not send your artwork with crop marks or any other printer marks, including crop marks, registration marks, or color bars.
Magnets are not always shipped flat, so it is highly recommended to lay them flat on the hood or roof of your car in the sun for a couple of hours before use. This will help evaporate any moisture build-up that accrued during shipment, if any, and it will help your magnets maintain a flat profile. You may want to keep them in a flat box or on a flat surface at all times and only handle them when cleaning and installing, to help maintain their flatness. We recommend you keep your magnets clean on both sides, as well as the placement area on your car door or area of your choosing must also be clean and free of oils, dust, dirt, and other build-up. It's a good idea to take your magnets inside your home or garage away from the elements and lay them flat in a cool dry place, while not in use. You can clean your magnets with a soft moist cotton cloth with water, no abrasive cleaners. It's recommended that you do not stand them up on their side, as they may wilt and might not lay completely flat on the surface of your car door after wilting. These suggestions are to help the longevity of your magnets.
Our rounded corner magnets have a 1" radius. If you would like assistance setting up your rounded corner magnets, please see the bottom section of our templates page for rounded corner magnet templates.
Our 14pt Metallic Pearl paper is a unique stock that shimmers in light when viewed from different angles. The stock itself is embedded with Pearl fibers that give the paper an overall smooth, metallic look. Printing on this stock will give your CMYK colors a subtle shimmer, however heavy ink densities or coverage may diminish the effect.
Mesh banners are typically 10 ounces because the tiny holes in the material make the banner weigh less, but they are actually stronger because they won’t tear easily in the wind.
MONUMENT SIGN: A ground sign with low overall height.
MOBILE SIGN: A portable sign mounted on a trailer.

Standard Printing Turnaround Time:

(Shipping Time Not Included)

Additional Holiday Turnaround: Please be advised that during the holiday season, our standard printing turnaround time will be extended by an additional (2) two business days due to an increase in volume. Thank you for your cooperation.

MINI MENUS: 3-6 business days after approval and processed payment.

  • Quantity Over 25K: additional day per 5k.

SPECIALTY WORK - [printing, bindery, die cutting etc.]: 3-10 additional business days.

* Round corners usually take 1 business day, but since we currently have only one machine for round corners, allow up to 3 days in case we have high volumes of orders and/or technical difficulties with machinery. Please allow one day for receipt of labeling and billing information before counting turnaround time for shipping from UPS. For example, if you are quoted a shipping time of 3 business days from February 3rd, please allow the first day for us to relay your information and for UPS to pick up, and the following 3 business days/non-holidays for your shipment to arrive. [ UPS Holiday Schedule ] Additional Holiday Turnaround: Please be advised that during the holiday season, our standard printing turnaround time will be extended by an additional (2) two business days due to an increase in volume. Thank you for your cooperation. Rush Order Printing Turnaround Time:
(Shipping Time Not Included)Orders will print in (2) Two Business Days After Approval They will ship on the (3rd) day. (ROUND CORNERS: Add 1 additional business day) ORDERS PLACED BY 9AM PST, AND APPROVED BY 12PM PST, WILL PRINT IN TWO BUSINESS DAYS AND SHIP ON THE THIRD BUSINESS DAY. For example, if an order is placed by Monday, 9am PST, we will send you an online proof (for retail customers only) within three hours. Once you approve the order (by noon PST), your order will be sent to print and will ship by Wednesday. Please note that if there are any issues with files not being print ready or credit card issues, we will not be responsible. You need to make sure you are following up on your order by logging into your account and checking your status and/or checking your email. Additional Holiday Turnaround: Please be advised that during the holiday season, our rush printing turnaround time will be extended by an additional (2) two business days due to an increase in volume. Thank you for your cooperation.
MESSAGE CENTER: An electronically or mechanically variable message sign enabling changes to be made from locations other than at the sign