How do I choose the right reflective material for my signs and labels? Retroreflective sheeting materials, more commonly referred to as just ‘reflectives’, are excellent and specialized materials for asset … Continue Reading Choosing the Right Reflective in 5 Minutes or Less
We’ve had a lot of experience fulfilling specs, advising how to write them and even authoring them ourselves. Over the years we have noticed a few things that make spec … Continue Reading 6 Ways to Simplify Specs for Signs, Tags and Labels
Transmission tower structures present unique challenges towards materials and attachment methods used for asset identification and hazard message warning signage. This is due to the difficult and remote accessibility of … Continue Reading The Challenges and Solutions of Marking Electrical Transmission Tower Structures
I’ve noticed that adhesion failures of labels using pressure sensitive adhesives (PSAs) to painted metal surfaces such as decorative street lamp posts or even some equipment cabinet panels is becoming … Continue Reading Why Aren’t My Labels Sticking to Some Painted Metal Surfaces?
When we speak about the durability of labels in a general way, that can mean a lot of things: long-lasting, tough, strong, adherent, or chemical, heat, abrasion, and wear resistant … Continue Reading What Characteristics are Important Towards the Durability of Your Labels?
When utilities are looking for guidance to replace faded signs I often get asked, “What are the most durable sign materials?” The durability of outdoor signs is limited by the conditions … Continue Reading What are the Most Durable Sign Materials?
Much of the equipment infrastructure in the electrical utility industry that needs to be locked out during service or repair work is a functioning component of a large, complex distribution … Continue Reading Are You Using the Correct Attachment Ties in Your Tagout Operations?
The ANSI Z535 Standard for safety signs, labels, tags, and barricade tapes contains nearly 300 pages of technical information in six sections; some of which are integral to the others, and … Continue Reading 5 Key Design Areas Safety Engineers Need to Know With Their ANSI Z535 Safety Signs
We’re all familiar with shelf life as it relates to perishable food items. For many perishables such as milk, meats, or bagged salad greens; a smell test or other visual … Continue Reading How Long Can I Store Labels Before They Go Bad?
It’s that time of year again – winter. With it I get reports of an all too familiar problem in the field: “My labels won’t stick!” These are the same labels you’ve always used … Continue Reading 5 Things You Should Know About Low Application Temperature Label Materials
I recently had the honor of being a presenter on the speaking program for the Electric Cities of Alabama Engineering and Operations Conference, held near Birmingham from 10/17-10/19. This opportunity … Continue Reading What’s the Code and Best Practice for Substation Safety Signage?
Starting with the 2002 revision, the ANSI Z535.1 Standard for Safety Colors referenced inclusion of the closest Pantone® color number for each of the safety colors; which is provided within the … Continue Reading How to Write ANSI Safety Colors in Your Specification
I sometimes get asked; “Does my sign (or label, or tag) need to be ANSI compliant?” To answer that you should first understand that ANSI Z535 is a voluntary design standard … Continue Reading Does My Sign Need to be ANSI Compliant?
The National Electric Safety Code (NESC) is the primary standard that governs our work practices. The standards are revised on a 5-year schedule, with the 2017 revision just released in August. … Continue Reading 2012 vs. 2017 NESC Revisions