Sign Trays are an ideal and easy way of creating a quality sign with added depth. Installation comprises of simply mounting aluminium angle onto the wall to which the sign tray is secured. McRobb have the facilities to make sign trays in any shape or design. That means we can design and fabricate the sign trays to your specification.
All our sign trays can be made from various materials due to the technologies we operate. We offer Aluminium Composite sign trays made from brands like (Dibond, Reynobond and Alu panel), sheet aluminium sign trays powder coated or wet painted to a requested colour and finish. Stainless steel sign trays are possible in both a brushed and mirror polished finish.
Stencil cut trays or fret cut sign trays are manufactured by using CNC cutting technology.
First we cut all the customers artwork out of the sign tray and then machine the edges with the corners notched out of the face material. The corners are then welded and dressed depending on their application. The face of the tray is then CNC cut to remove the shape of the lettering and design. Clear or opal acrylic is then bonded to the inside of the tray face. Inlays and ‘push-through’ letters can also be inserted to give added depth and allow for the edges of the lettering to be illuminated. This simple technique results in a high spec and top quality sign.
Once we have made the face we produce an aluminium back-tray that fits inside the back of the stencil cut sign tray or fret cut sign tray. We can then use LED technology to internally light the face of the sign tray system, illuminating the stencil cut or fret cut part of the sign tray.
We use acrylic backers which are stud welded and bonded into place inside the sign trays, the return depth of the sign tray is important if internal illumination is required.
The most common and cost effective lighting system used for illuminated sign trays are high output LED modules. Fluorescent tubes and gear trays were the traditional method, however these are now a fading technology as they are expensive to run and the lamp life is significantly shorter than LED. An LED light sheet can also used to achieve an even spread of light on shallow trays and challenging shapes.
An external light source such as trough lights and swan neck spots or floodlights are also alternatives for tray illumination. There are many of LED style lights on the market which can save you the initial outlay of the product by savings on energy bills over a short period of time. In today’s greener world people are moving towards the initial higher cost of LED technology whilst also benefiting next to zero maintenance.
The LED are mounted onto a back tray, illuminating the stencil cut or fret cut part of the sign tray. The return depth of the sign tray is important here to allow the lighting modules sufficient distance to disburse the light emitted before it hits the acrylic backer or ‘hot spots’ can occur.