Don’t get the boot from your convention center fire marshal make sure you comply with the NFPA 701 standard.
Reported in the trade journal Fabric Graphics the following could impact your display.
On arrival of the local fire marshal to a trade show convention hall in the middle of booth setup flammability tests were performed. A sample of the materials used in the display were set alight and failed to meet the minimum standards required at this venue. Time and expense of this event were put in jeopardy by the use of inferior materials for the sake of a few dollars saved.
Many venues have different flame resistance performance requirements so check that the materials you use meet these requirements. Check to see if the certifications from your print provider will satisfy the local venue avoiding onsite testing.
The lesson here is to be sure that your print provider is providing materials that meet the NFPA 701 standard. Ask your print provider to provide the certifications before you find yourself making friends with your local fire marshal.
Having invested considerable time and resources in your new trade show booth don’t lose it all by compromising on the materials your large format printer provides. Not all materials are made to the same standard, and some materials will not meet the National Fire Protection Codes for fire safety found in the NFPA 701 standard.
It’s just as important to know that the fire retardant compounds in the material have not been banned for use in your state. There are many compounds used to make materials fire retardant with decabromodiphenylether (deca-BDE) common until recently banned in 28 US states. Most US manufacturers have voluntarily replaced this compound with effective substitutes.
At PrintB3 we certify all our roll stock materials are FR and 1000DNx1000DN. Safest and strongest product in the market. This goes hand in hand with our commitment to 3M Certification 5 year MCS Warranty, B3 is committed to providing the best materials and inks for the finest output products for all our customers.
Backstage the Reprise Theatre Group dresses up their performance with stunning background constructions designed as panels and printed on Satinette fabrics. The panels are assembled in a structure and back-lit for a stunning presentation.
Click on the Graphic to view a clip from the show.
The Reprise Theatre Group performance at the Brentwood Theatre featured backgrounds and upholstered props printed directly on one of our large format HD printers. This elaborate staging was made affordable using the direct print technology at PrintB3.
Large Format printing extended to a varsity of fabrics used as a theater backdrop in this case may also be used where fabric is appropriate. Wall and ceiling treatments are also often applications of printed fabrics. Here is an example of upholstered furniture achieving the desired look.
Adobe developed the PDF (Portable Document Format) in the early 90′s and has become a standard for in the Graphic arts industry.
The principal advantages are two; first the files may be viewed by everyone using a freely distributed viewer, and the file is platform independent. Most graphic applications for Mac or Windows can readily output PDF files, and Large Format Print processors can directly accept the format.
The ability to view the files by all in the process loop is a great time saver, issues that may affect you project can be identified early in the process. By the time a busy pre-press operation gets to view the files many simple issues will have already been resolved.
In cases where you are expecting your printers pre-press department to make modifications to your files you may need additional source files for print. You are always better off if you include the PDF format with your files.
The future of the EPS file format
EPS is rapidly becoming an outdated file format which is being replaced by PDF just like PostScript itself is also being phased out and replaced by PDF. Don’t just take my word on this. Here is what Dov Isaacs from Adobe said in a discussion on a PrintPlanet forum about the future of PostScript: Adobe will continue to support EPS as a legacy graphics format for import of non-color managed, opaque graphical data into Adobe applications (such as InDesign and Illustrator). Although we certain do not recommend that new graphical content be stored in EPS format (except to satisfy the need to import data into page layout programs that aren’t quite PDF-centric no need to mention names here!), our user base should feel comfortable that there is no need to worry about a need to convert their very sizable libraries of EPS-based graphic assets.
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