Stock Safety Decals

June 30, 2017By Chad Hisey

Digital Printing Allows KSPprints.com to Serve Stock Needs of Recycling Equipment Manufacturers

For years, Kewanna Screen Printing has carried stock safety decals for those label needs that are not customer specific. These standard stickers are often needed by companies throughout the industry. Traditionally stock products might have been screen-printed. Screen printing set up costs spread over a large number of prints, makes printing an individual product small. As a result the individual cost is minute. Over the years digital technology has came into the picture and changed the printing industry. Screen printing a small quantity was expensive because there is less quantity to spread the initial setup costs. However digital printing has minimal set up. Therefore digitally printing a small quantity became cost efficient.

Our most popular screen-printed stock decal (W504F)Previously we kept large numbers of our stock safety decals on the shelf. This makes sense for items we sell tens of thousands of every year, but not for those that sold much less. Vinyl naturally shrinks over time. So after years of sitting on the shelf waiting for orders, those less popular stock would shrink.  In the end you are left with a smaller decal than the backing and adhesive that gums up.

New Technology = New Opportunities

Digital printing allows us to roll out new stock for other industries, because we can print it as we need it. For years, KSP has custom printed labels for the manufacturing industry to label the machinery they sell. For instance those companies who make machinery for recycling.

Wire Recycling Mini-Plant outfitted with custom set of KSP labels. Photo provided by Copper Recovery.

Introducing a webpage that contains specialty stock safety decals particularly for these companies. Because every company and every piece of equipment is unique, there will always be a need for custom labels. With this new webpage we hope to meet some of their needs with less expensive stock. You can view our complete selection of stock recycling equipment decals here.

Update - 8/28/2020

Digital printing has progressed a long way.  Prices have came down on new machinery and capabilities allow for the use of UV-resistant inks.  That is to say fade resistant inks only available in screen printing previously are now possible with digital printing.  Rather than roll printing, newer equipment can be done on sheets.  Allowing us to print some of our more complicated screen jobs with multiple screens digitally.  Thus speeding up production and reducing set up costs.

Machine Starts and Stops Sticker

If you have an idea for new stock products or know of an industry that Kewanna’s durable products would be a good fit, send us an email to info@kspprints.com.

Best Merger Decision for Your Small Business

June 26, 2017By Chad Hisey

When people think of mergers, they often think of when two giant conglomerates merge together to make a mamoth one, um… solve a problem. Well here is one that doesn’t involve big business getting bigger, but it could help your small business grow, while saving you some change and solving a problem at the same time.

Full vehicle ad wraps
Everybody has seen vehicles wrapped with a company’s name, pictures of products and where to find them. How could you miss them? Afterall what a great idea! Advertisers have long known roadways were a great place to get attention. Infact, early advertisers were building billboards along roadsides even before vehicles were motorized. People spend a lot of time on the road, driving to work, to the store, taking their kids to school, etc. What better time to advertise to potential customers than when driving. Vehicle graphics are bringing drivers’ eyes back to the road and are creating great opportunities for companies to reach customers. Granted those one size (entire vehicle) wraps are not for everyone. Some are downright ugly! Large all-encompassing vehicle graphics require professional installation. With professional installation comes a hefty price! What if I told you that vehicle graphics don’t have to be that way?

In the last couple of decades there has been a growth in Do-It-Yourself stores, from home improvements to crafts to websites where you can order a meal on-line and have all the ingredients shipped diretly to your house for you to make in your kitchen. Don’t forget You Tube, where you can learn how to do anything yourself. When you Do-It-Yourself (DIY) you save money and know exactly what went into making your project/meal complete.

Half Wraps vehicle adsMerging these two ideas into one solution, will not only increase your brand exposure, but help you save on advertising costs. Enter Halfwraps.com. Halfwraps is DIY vehicle graphics, done professionally. We take your logo/ideas and fit them into a partial wrap that is specifically manufactured for your particular vehicle. Installation videos on our website make the installation a breeze! Why pay a company to wrap your whole vehicle when Halfwraps.com could accomplish the same brand exposure at half the cost?

Find everything you need to keep your company vehicle and employees safe using truck decals while promoting brand

For more information, go to http://www.halfwraps.com or call (800) 348-2454.

Why Halfwraps?

February 2, 2017By Chad Hisey

Vehicle wraps are all the rage these days! And why not? Whether commuting to and from work, driving to the store, sporting events, or just taking the kids to school/activities, you spend a tremendous amount of time on the road. Why not transform all this time driving into exposure of your business?

Half Wraps vehicle wrapsWhen you advertise on your vehicle, your message is right there for eyes to read. Studies show that depending on how much you drive your wrapped automobile and where you drive it, your brand can make thousands of impressions a day. Whether driving down the highway, maneuvering city streets or parked in a parking lot, put your vehicle to work for you.Half Wraps vehicle wraps

Great Marketing

What other form of advertising reaches nearly every person in your market? Radio and television ads only reach people who tune into that particular channel. Newspaper and magazine readership is waning in this digital age. Face it, everybody travels whether walking, driving or riding. Everybody has to get to and from work, and buy groceries, etc.

Billboards only reach those who are traveling in a certain direction. If when reading a billboard a person misses part of the message, they will have to wait until the next time they travel that direction. By advertising with vehicle graphics, your message travels with you. There is plenty of time for people to notice and read your information. After all, when driving you are looking at what is directly in front of you, to the side or behind you. Billboards are in the sky (or off to the side) not where your eyes are. Why not put your company name, brand and message right where people can see it?Half Wraps vehicle wraps

Look of Your Vehicle

The drawback of a full-auto wrap has got to be the ability to identify with your vehicle. After all, when you went shopping for your current vehicle did you tell the salesman you are looking for a Ford F150 or did you say, “I want something with the most surface area for my mobile billboard.”
Or consider the following…

So you are gonna pick up some friends for dinner after work. Do you tell them to look for the silver Camry or green advertisement on wheels?

The point being, we identify with the vehicle we drive. There is a certain characteristic about the automobile that is captivating. When you hide all your vehicle behind a large sign for your business, you lose your identity in a way. Granted you quickly take on a new identity.

Half Wraps vehicle wrapsWhat if you could have an attractive advertisement for your business and preserve the look of your car that is uniquely you? Halfwraps can cover as little or as much of your beautiful
vehicle as you want. Our extremely talented art department will make your logo or message pop on your specific automobile without hiding it.

Cost

Half Wraps vehicle wrapsMany people think of wraps being expensive. While it can be expensive to have your (full) wrap professionally installed. It takes a lot of skill and equipment to wrap all the contours of your specific vehicle. With this professional skill comes a hefty price. However, when you use smaller stickers for certain panels or locations on your vehicle and not across many, the level of skill needed isn’t as high. With our detailed installation videos, one can learn to install their own halfwrap. Without the skilled labor, the cost is much less.

Inquire about a halfwrap for your vehicle today!

ANSI brings change to Waste Container Safety

January 12, 2017By Chad Hisey

For years, safety labels have looked the same… larger bold declaration at the top and text to fit at the bottom explaining the Caution or Hazard statement. Sure for years, English has been the predominant language in the United States.

Waste container safety labelsBob Dylan said it best, “The Times They Are-A Changin’”.

Just listen anywhere you go, is English the only language you hear? Probably not. Regardless of language, many children and some adults can not read. Should a person not be made aware of potential safety hazards simply because they can not read the Caution / Warning / Danger sign?

Enter ANSI decals from Kewanna Screen Printing.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI for short) is a private non-profit organization that works to develop consensus standards across many sectors of the US marketplace and strengthen its position in the global economy. Voluntary conformity of the standardization makes US businesses more competitive while assuring the safety and health of consumers and protection of the environment. (source – ANSI website: About ANSI)

That being said there are two industries KSP serves that use ANSI labels; the Waste & Recycling industry and the Manufacturing industry. For this particular post, we will deal with the needs of Waste Haulers. Let’s look at those headings CAUTION, WARNING, and DANGER.

CAUTION means if the precaution is not taken, it may cause minor or moderate damage. CAUTION stickers are depicted by a yellow heading and black text.

WARNING means if the warning is not heeded, it can cause serious injury or death. WARNING labels are depicted by an orange heading and black type.

DANGER means if the danger is not avoided, it will cause
death or severe injury. DANGER decals use a Red heading with white wording.

Note the difference between WARNING and DANGER. In the Warning heading serious injury or death could result, while the Danger heading proclaims serious injury or death will occur if precaution is not taken.

So how are ANSI decals for my dumpster different? How do they overcome the language barrier?

First, ANSI decals have bold headings that declare either CAUTION, WARNING, or DANGER and have a bright colored background so it is easily seen. The message section of the label is broke into a left and right. On the left side, there is a picture of the hazard being declared along with another statement of declaration to explain the hazard. Remember pictures are worth a thousand words, so the picture clears up any misunderstandings caused by not being able to read or understand the message. The right side simply states the instructions to avoid results of such action.

Are ANSI decals new? Why isn’t everybody using them?

Well, ANSI decals are kind of new. Meaning less than 10 years old. The standard for labeling waste containers is dated 2008. Because conformity is strictly voluntary, there is no law stating you have to use these. OSHA labels (think black on yellow vinyl caution stickers) have been around since 1970. Most trash companies, simply do not realize that there is a new standard. Busy keeping their customers satisfied, unless somebody tells them of the benefits, many just keep on using the same decals they have always used.

Why should I use ANSI decals on my containers?

They simply keep the public safer. As stated above, pictures are the universal language. The simple drawing of the hazard makes communication of the dangers more easily understood despite language or literacy barriers. The three color (heading, text, and background) help the label stand out from the container and be seen.

Where can I learn more about the ANSI standards for Waste Containers?

You can learn more by reading this article.

To see a short video about the correct placement of ANSI labels and purchase your own KSP ANSI container decals, click here.

No Shirts and We Don’t Pick Up Your Trash: Tales from KSP Customer Service

December 26, 2016By Chad Hisey

Our name is Kewanna Screen Printing, true. When most people think of Screen-Printing, they apparently think of screen printed t-shirts. I’m sorry we do not print t-shirts. We do not sell t-shirts. In fact, outside a local sports store, I don’t know who does. As a customer service representative for KSP this is a question I answer three or four times a year. Often in the form of an email, I find people who are attending a trade show or giving lectures who want shirts printed with their message.

-So sorry, I can not help you with that.

At Kewanna Screen Printing, we print industrial decals, labels, plastic tags and verification of service collars and most recently vehicle graphics. Our customers are those companies who work in the safety and service industries as well as manufacturing. Those companies often handle medical or industrial gases, service fire extinguishers, provide trash or recycling services, run portable restroom services, drive trucks and those who make equipment for all of those companies. Not only do we do screen-printing which is cost effective for large quantity orders but we digitally print decals and labels. Digital printing offers the ability to print great detail and offer unlimited colors at a very economical price for smaller quantities.

Oval Custom Portable Restroom Decal

Outside of custom printing, we do print/stock as well as print to order hundreds of standard labels. Another request is brought to us by said standard (stock) labels. One that comes up time to time that leaves me puzzled is from restaurant employees. Typically coming on Monday mornings, I am guessing after a busy weekend, they call to have their trash picked up. Saying things like, “Our dumpster is overflowing, nobody has picked it up.” or “Why didn’t you pick up our trash?”. After conversing with the caller I learn that they got our number off of a label on the dumpster.

We print and sell a quarter million stock dumpster decals every year to dumpster manufacturers and trash companies the like. Each contain our website and phone number. After explaining that we only make the sticker on their dumpster, I am asked, “Do you know how to get a hold of my trash company?”

-If only I did, we sell lots of custom labels to trash companies, with their name and phone number.

What are your custom printing needs? Do you need a weatherproof label, decal or tag? Then we have an answer for you. Traditionally, our labels are printed on a 5-year industrial vinyl and either screen-printed with UV-resistant inks (4 to 5 years until minimally noticeable fading) or digitally printed with outdoor grade inks (2 to 3 years until minimal fading). If you have specific material or tamper resistant needs other materials are available. Our plastic tags and verification of service collars offer weather resistance unlike other options available. Both wind and water-resistant, our 0.023 polyethylene product is easy to write on with a sharpie. Please contact us today!

Essential traits in a photo submittal

December 9, 2016By Chad Hisey

People are always wanting us to do labels they have seen somewhere. In order for us to do this, it is much easier to see what they have seen. Many times when doing vehicle graphics, because of different models, etc. seeing what we have to work with is important. With today’s technology and availability of a great camera on your cell phone, this is easier than ever.

That being said. Not everyone is a photographer. Every camera is different, but how you take the picture is the most important part. Three important factors; angle, zoom, and lighting will help us see what you want to be printed.

Figure 1A

Angle

Always take your picture at a 90-degree angle and the same height (Figure 1A). Taking a picture at any other angle will distort proportions, shapes, and sizes.

Zoom

Depending on what you are wanting us to see. If it is just a label you want us to print, all we really need to see is the label. Zoom in as close as you can to see the label clearly. If there is any fuzziness, back off of the zoom or get closer to what you are photographing.

Still, there are reasons to zoom out past the edges of the label. Perhaps you want a larger label and want us to see the space we have to work with. Maybe there is a boundary that we need to be aware of. Zoom out just enough so we can see it and the label clearly.

In need of a vehicle graphic, send us a picture of the side you are wanting to mount the sticker. Paying close attention to the angle (90 degrees) and zoom to where we can see the whole side just inside the frame. Having the area outside your affected space will help to measure up the proportions for your specific vehicle model.

Lighting

Proper lighting is important for any picture. If it is difficult for you to see the object when you are taking the picture, the picture itself will be worse. Try taking the picture outside during the day. The sun is the best light you have! If you have to take the picture inside, make note of the type of lighting. Fluorescent lights make colors appear bluer. While incandescents make colors appear yellow to amber.

When referencing color, photos are all wrong, especially digital ones. What you see on your camera or computer screen, may not reflect what I see. Settings for every computer screen are different. I have two computers on my desk and the colors between the two vary. The best means to match color is to send us a sample of the color or reference a known standard, perhaps a Pantone color or a paint chip.

Make sure we get it right the first time. Figures 2A-2E (below) show both correct and improper camera angle and zoom.

Figure 2A: Blurriness is the result of zooming in too close.
Figure 2B: The wrong angle even at this close distance distorts shapes and proportion.
Figure 2C: Zooming out makes guesswork of wording and images.
Figure 2D: This picture taken at the wrong angle, distorts shapes and sizes.
Figure 2E: Taken at the correct angle and zoom, the only question is how many do you want.

Maybe you want us to see a label you had printed somewhere else. If so, great news, no photography needed. If you paid somebody to create a label, you paid them for the artwork. Ask to have your artwork. We prefer to have the vector artwork (drawings with detailed math regarding lines, angles, curves, fonts, colors, etc.). These files will be in *.eps, *.cdr, *.ai format. If one of these is not available a good *.pdf file can work. At very worst, a large *.jpg file will allow us to trace the image.

If you are not sure how to get us the required photo or file, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (800) 348-2454 or send an email to info@kspprints.com.

Are you looking for a more durable tag?

November 10, 2016By Chad Hisey

Durable Plastic Inspection tags

FIRE EXTINGUISHER SERVICE

I have had customers ask if we carry Tyvek tags? Still, I have others call in, saying “I tried Tyvek, but it is too flimsy.” All weather yes, Tyvek is great for keeping moisture out of a building. I used to use Tyvek everyday, when I built houses as a general contractor. Outdoor inspections, especially those on portable fire extinguishers, need a sturdy surface to write on or mark. Durable plastic extinguisher tags like ours are made from 0.023 polyethylene plastic. Available in Yellow, Red, Dark Green, Green, Gray, White, Orange or Blue.Yes polyethylene, like a milk jug, just thicker and opaque. Available in many colors (white, yellow, red, gray, orange,  green, blue and dark green) we have one that is right for your fire extinguisher inspection job. Printed with UV-Resistant inks, these tags will hold up to whatever test you throw at it.

DURABLE OPTIONS

While these plastic tags are rigid enough to attach to your fire extinguisher as is. Most customers, do opt for a metal eyelet. Still others, who use our tags in more industrial settings, prefer metal grommets. How are you going to attach your plastic fire tags to your extinguisher? There is a growing demand for pre-wired tags. For this we have reached out to a local non-profit organization. Annually they to help us fulfill orders for over thirty thousand tags with a galvanized wire pre-installed. Want to install the wire yourself, we’ll sell you the wires and put them right in the box before shipping it out.

Our plastic extinguisher tags are durable  enough for a simple drilled hole.

Plastic Inspection Tag w/ drilled hole

Some Industrial customers prefer the option of a metal grommet on their plastic inspection tag.

Industrial Crane Inspection Tag with Grommet

The most popular option for our durable plastic extinguisher tag is a metal eyelet.

Plastic Fire Tag with Metal Eyelet

Our plastic tags have the option of having wires included or prewired.

Prewired Plastic Fire Inspection Tag

FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE

Whatever your preference, your durable plastic extinguisher tag order is fully customizable. Be sure to check with your local authority (Fire Marshal) about Layout Options and Specifications of your fire tag. Since we service customers across the nation and in Canada as well as print labels for other industries, we can not keep up with all regulations.

LAYOUT OPTIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS

Size

Color of Tag

Ink Color

Tag Format/Layout

Extinguisher Type

Type of Inspection

Inclusion of Company Logo with Company information

Years

Printed on One Side or Both

Maybe your needs aren't custom at all, then check out our stock plastic inspection tag. On the other hand maybe your safety tag needs have more to do with safety and less to do with inspection.

We thank you for your interest in our products and look forward to helping you order your durable outdoor tags soon.  If you checked off all of these items and are ready to place your order please start your order online, however you can always call or email to discuss your custom order today.

Kewanna Screen Printing
(800) 348-2454
info@KSPprints.com

Hazardous Waste / Non-Hazardous Waste Labels are Now Available on Our Website

November 1, 2016By Chad Hisey
KSP Prints hazardous waste labels
KSP Prints hazardous waste labels
KSP Prints hazardous waste labels

You spoke and we listened. For years, customers have searched for these and other waste material labels on our website, https://www.kspprints.com. New items have been added and others regrouped in one place for your viewing. Find them here. As with all stock decals, labels and stickers your order will be ready for shipping in approximately 3 to 5 business days. Don’t see what you are looking for? Give us a call! Thank you for your business!

KSP Prints hazardous waste labels
KSP Prints hazardous waste labels

Looking for more protection?

October 27, 2016By Chad Hisey

So you are having this custom label made for the purpose of promoting your business or keeping people safe. However in an industrial facility or in the elements (outdoors) there are conditions that could fade the ink prematurely or wipe it off completely. While our inks are meant to resist fading*, some times additional protection is warranted. Perhaps you want the label to last longer. Other situations, such as when industrial cleaners are used on machinery, could actually remove the ink and your message altogether. Additionally, abrasion can damage a label making it hard to read.

We at KSPprints offer a couple options. There is a clear coat, wherein a clear layer of UV-Resistant Ink is screen-printed over your label. Like our other UV-Resistant inks this clear ink is said to show minimal fading after four to five years. Our other option is lamination. With a few different material options, lamination provides a clear protective surface between the ink and anything else.

Sun Exposure: While Polyester lamination does offer some protection against the sun’s rays, it is undefined. Clear Coating will definitely protect your label from fading for atleast four to five years of UV exposure.

Chemicals & Abrasion: Clear Coating doesn’t really offer you the protection of lamination. Just like the ink that can be wiped or scraped away in the wrong situation a clear coat of ink will do the same.

With all of that said, each situation is different when choosing the right protection for your label order. If you are free of abrasion and chemicals, clear coating is the best option for you. Anytime abrasion or chemicals are involved use lamination to protect your labels.

We carry three types of lamination to give you the best protection:

Polyester LaminationGives you an unquantified amount of UV-resistance and the properties of polyester resist chemicals and abrasion quite well. Polyester lamination is great for machine labels that will be cleaned frequently and also for cylinder labels that might bump against each other.

Vinyl LaminationThe thickest of our laminates provides the most protection from abrasion making it great for vehicle graphics.

Gas Grade LaminationCertain types of machinery exposed to landfill and sewer gases can eat away at your labels. In these situations, you need a lamination with a strong adhesive to seal off the label.

Hopefully this was helpful in planning your order. As always, if you have questions feel free to contact us by phone, (800) 348-2454 or by email, info@KSPprints.com. Thank you for your interest in our products.

*KSP printing methods include digital printing and screen-printing. Digital printing uses outdoor grade inks that will begin to show fading after 2 to 3 years of use outdoors. Screen-printing uses UV-resistant inks can typically be expected to withstand signs of fading for 4 to 5 years.