Press Release: Encompass Sign Systems Announces The World's First Thermoformed Photoluminescent Life Safety Sign Solution
Encompass melded the properties of photoluminescence with their tactile thermoforming technology to yield a high-bright, ultra-durable, 0-energy consuming, ADA photoluminescence safety sign solution.
Golden Valley, MN – Encompass Sign Systems, Inc. announced today the development of LUMA-press, a tactile thermoformed, photoluminescent ADA sign family to meet the requests of its sign partners and end users who must adhere to Fire Codes in many jurisdictions that now require photoluminescent ADA signage in egress locations and exit stairwells. While photoluminescent ADA signs have existed for some time, the designers at Encompass tested multiple combinations of the two technologies before discovering a blend that registers 5NIT, almost twice the required luminance levels by the NFPA 101.The LUMA-press photoluminescent ADA signs charge to full strength in 9 seconds, and after absorbing 9 minutes of light will glow for 12 hours in absolute darkness.
A number of vital safety benefits were immediately recognized by Mike White, a retired Captain of the Falmouth Massachusetts Fire Department. “I’m so glad to see new technologies being combined for safety sake. The brightness is striking and the rugged durability most certainly would withstand a harsh emergency situation”. Mike was also the Life Safety Code specialist for the city of Portland, Maine and he claims, “This life safety signage is the best I’ve seen in my years of 30+ years of service.”
Designed for the new MGM Hotel & Casino in Maryland, 418 LUMA-press signs were thermoformed to achieve a vandal-resistant surface for use in stairwells and other unmonitored locations. Through this new compression molding process, the raised graphics and braille cannot be separated from the surface because they are integral to the base material and are not applied like other ADA sign processes. In 2016 Kroger, the third largest retailer in North America replaced its electrical Exit signage with photoluminescent signage and estimates saving $6 million over 15 years, while reducing its carbon footprint by 50 million pounds.
“The LUMA-press sign family is consistent with our goal of helping our sign partners across the U.S. solve their client’s stated needs through the unique application of our new-age, tactile thermoforming technology,” said Phil Quattrocchi, President of Encompass Sign Systems. We’re absolutely delighted to see the durability of our compression molded ADA products being leveraged to increase the safety of public environments”.
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Encompass Sign Systems enables the integration of tactile thermoformed ADA compliant signage with European-based extruded Directional & Wayfinding Systems. This combination of rare components yields a cohesive wayfinding system for facility projects of scope while streamlining the architectural and design challenges around integrating such a holistic solution. The ease with which architects and designers can specify an integrated pre-engineered wayfinding solution has led to rapid adoption of Encompass products. Encompass is one of only 23 thermoform sign-makers worldwide and is a wholesale only provider to sign shops and designers throughout North America.