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02 Feb 2017

What to Look for in Graphic Overlays

What to Look for in Graphic Overlays

Choosing a graphic overlay can be difficult, as it an affect the shelf life of the product and its appearance. You need a robust material which will protect the machinery and is easily cleaned, and you may possibly also want changeable inserts for your company branding. Depending on the sector and the environment the overlay will be used, you might also have other requirements to consider. Nevertheless in general there are certain things you should look for when investing in graphic overlays. Here’s a checklist to help you out.

Robust materials

Graphic overlays need to be durable and manufactured with robust materials which will stand the test of time. You may need specific materials which can withstand harsh conditions and testing environments. Check whether the manufacturer can use UV resistant materials, be built with chemical resistant properties or can have anti-microbial components.

Embossing

You’ll probably want certain parts of the graphic overlay to be embossed, to give a better user experience. You should be able to design the raised areas so it is tailored to your product, with a dome, pillow, rim or braille effect.

Customisation

All aspects of your graphic overlay should be customisable. Not only can you choose the materials the overlay is made from, but you should also be able to opt for different finishes, textures and effects so it can look just as you wish. If you’re dealing with one of the best manufacturers, you should also be able to choose the design such as the colours, font, ink finishes along with inserts and legends.

Hygiene

You’ll want to make sure that any graphic overlay is hygienic and easy to clean. Some may be used in high risk environments such as hospitals and care homes, meaning they will be exposed to harsh cleaning chemicals on a daily basis. A graphic overlay should help in the prevention of bacteria and stopping the spread of viruses – which is where anti-microbial materials come in handy.

Market leader

In terms of the manufacturer you trust with the graphic overlay production, you should be choosing a proven market leader. The company should have extensive experience in a range of sectors and a number of clients willing to give a testimonial. Not only should the product be of a high quality, it should be affordable and the customer service should match the high standards of the manufacturing.

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