As a busy project manager (or purchasing manager), your job is to bring together a zillion pieces and parts – and deliver the finished project on time and on budget. Often, projects need embossed or Braille nameplate, overlay, or plastic label.
If your project requires embossing (including Braille) for an equipment keypad or graphic overlay, embossing adds a tactile quality that improves user interface. If you need an attention-getting design element for your plastic nameplate or label, embossing is guaranteed to increase the professional look and functionality – especially given our wide range of options for shapes, patterns, textures, and library of dies.
Now you may be thinking:
- “So many choices! We need this done right, and we need it FAST.”
- “I don’t have time to study the ADA standards for Braille.”
- “There’s no time for guesswork – we need guidance from technical experts.”
We know you’re crazy-busy, and we’re here to help! Scroll down for ideas, insight, and technical advice.
STEP 1: Learn about our embossing option
What is the difference between embossing and debossing? What is blind embossing? Come up to speed with this quick reference guide.
Embossing: The die is pressed into the underside of the material; this creates a raised image when your nameplate or label is viewed from the front. We can combine several types of embossing such as domed, rim, and multi-level.
Debossing: The die is pressed into the face of the material, creating a depressed image instead of a raised image.
STEP 2: Need a Braille sign? Don’t guess on ADA requirement
As you know, designing an ADA-compliant Braille sign cannot be a guessing game. Plus, you may know that the ADA Standards for Accessible Design document is overwhelming.
Here are just few examples:
- Some signs require Grade 1 Braille, while some require Grade 2 Braille. (Grade1 is a nearly direct transcription of printed English. Grade 2 relies on abbreviations and contractions.)
- Text must be a certain height with a certain degree of contrast for readability
- Pictograms are optional, but they must meet a set of criteria
- Some information does not need to adhere to the standards, such as directions
Don’t guess on ADA requirements and risk getting them wrong. The time and hassle involved in reworking Braille signage could put your production schedule at risk. Instead, call NFI Corp. You can rely on our technical expertise to create ADA-compliant Braille nameplates, graphic overlays, and plastic labels.
STEP 3: Get a prototype of your embossed nameplate, overlay or plastic label
NFI Corp.’s Prototype Program offers rapid product development with guaranteed fast turnaround. You’ll be able to test the form, fit, and function in just days
Our Prototype Program features:
- Individualized support from our skilled design and pre-press team
- Rapid development (7-10 business days)
- Small quantity production (10 pieces)
- Testing without the costs of full production or tooling
With over 47 years of experience, NFI Corp is ready to help you with your embossed nameplate, overlay, or plastic label! Contact us today to get started on your project!