Product Glossary

Product glossary

4SI: Snap-In Retainer for ESP-4 Products.

Architectural: Products that work together as a system to provide a standalone signage solution with everything from mounting legs to connectors and trim.

Bleed Trim: For Flex Face signage, it covers the return of the frame, providing a seamless transition between the frame and the vinyl face.

Changeable Copy: Signage allowing users to alter displayed copy with movable letters.

CLRW (Channel Letter Raceway): Used for mounting channel letters, providing a safe environment for wiring, hardware, and power supplies.

Corner Angle: Used to align Excellart frame pieces.

Custom Miter: An angled cut made across the face, or width, of an extrusion, typically less than 45 degrees.

Divider Bar: Divides cabinet face.

DF (Double Face): Signage with two faces.

Extrusion: Process used to create objects of a fixed cross-sectional profile by pushing material through a die of the desired cross-section.

FCO (Flat Cut Out): Typically cut from acrylic or aluminum, affixed to the outward facing surface of a rigid face.

Flex Clip: Used to tension flex face material to the frame.

Flex Face: Flexible vinyl material for digitally printed logos and designs, tensioned to a frame system. Pros include versatility, wind resistance, light weight, and seamlessness.

Flex Frame: Frame designed for flex face material.

F: F-shape retainer (adds 5/8” to cabinet depth per side).

FF: Larger F-shaped retainer (adds 1 5/8” to cabinet depth per side)

FF2: Largest F-shaped retainer (adds 2” to cabinet depth per side)

Frame: The main structure in creating a sign cabinet

Hinged Frame: Incorporates a hinged shape in the profile, allowing retainers to be hinged open.

IDS: Internal retainer system component series.

Integrated Frame: Flex face frames that integrate structure to the profile, allowing standalone use or as a structural member for double face flex frames.

Kerf: The space left in a material equal to the width of a saw blade.

Kerf-Cutting: The process where frames are partially cut, leaving kerfs, allowing flexibility in shaping.

LF: Narrowest retainer (adds 7/16” to cabinet depth per side).

Mill Finish: This is the description of the surface texture (or finish) of metal after the extrusion die process.

Miter or Reverse Miter: An angled cut made across the face, or width, of an extrusion, typically ranging from 0 to 45 degrees.

OD (Outer Dimension): Is the x & y dimension of the sign frame.

Perimeter: The continuous line forming the boundary of the sign frame.

Piano Hinge: A low profile hinge system.

Push-Thrus: Typically acrylic letters pushed through a rigid face sign material and illuminated from behind.

Radius: Refers to the arc size of a corner, measured as the distance from the center point of a circle to the outside circumference.

Raceway: Used as a signage component to house and conceal wires, power supplies, and other electrical components.

Retainer Gusset: Used to align Excellart retainer pieces.

Rigid Face: Materials like expanded PVC, Polycarbonate, and aluminum used for rigid face signs. Pros include dimensional designs, ease of handling, and the ability to incorporate various design features.

SF (Single Face): Signage with one face.Internal retainer system component series.

Splice Plate: Braces a seam on two adjoining pieces.

Standard Frame: Standard components that mate together with flat and square surfaces.

Standard Trim: Trim for Flex Face signage covering the return and a few inches on each side of the vinyl face.

Tension Bar: A textured bar that is wrapped by the flex face of a sign and then inserted into a flex clip in order to tension the sign face.

WM (Wall Mount): Framing solution which mounts to a wall.

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