October 5, 2021

What You Should Know About Large Format Printing

Large format printing, as its name suggests, allows for graphics of large sizes to be printed and displayed – great for any and all advertising purposes. Just how large is large? Well, common large format dimensions include 24×24, 36×36 and 48×48 inches, but large format printing in Singapore can go up to 100 inches! Due to their large size, large format prints are versatile and can be used for posters, wallpapers, banners, signboards and more. They work great with graphic and colour-heavy content, allowing you to capture the tiniest details in your printout and really make your message stand out.

How Does Large Format Printing Work?

Have you ever wondered how large displays are printed? Large format printing in Singapore is done in a similar fashion to regular digital printing. The printers are usually connected to computers, through which the images to be printed are sent. Operators will load a roll of substrate into the printer, where the printing press uses large nozzles to lay down the toner, directly applying the ink to the material. Some printers can print directly onto different materials, such as paper, canvas, metal, fabric, foamboards and more! This quick printing process results in a more authentic product compared to mounting the prints onto substrates, making wide format printing the perfect medium for graphic-intense prints.

What Kinds of Printers are Used for Large Format Printing?

The printers used are most often roll-to-roll printers, flatbed printers, or a mix of both. Each has a slightly different printing method.

In a roll-to-roll printer, a roll of material will be fed into the printer, then re-rolled onto an uptake roller on the other side. Roll-to-roll printers are usually used to print items that come on flexible rolls such as banners or canvases.

On the other hand, a flatbed printer operates by having a substrate placed on the flatbed. Ultraviolet light hits liquid ink in the machine, imprinting it as solid ink on the substrate. Flatbed printers work great for thicker or less conventional substrates.

Hybrid machines allow for both types of printing. They typically come with a removable flatbed, as well as rolls attached to each side, allowing them to function as either type of printer.

How Should I Prepare My Files for Large Format Printing?

To ensure the best results, it is important to optimise your files for wide format printing. Be sure to double check that everything is in order – the last thing you would want is to send everything for printing, only to discover that there is a mistake on the finished product or they do not appear the way you wanted.

Since the dimensions of wide format printing are huge, you will want to use the highest possible resolution for your file so that it will not appear blurry or pixelated when enlarged to fit the canvas size. Another consideration is the colour format – keep in mind that printers use the CMYK format to print, so for optimal results, ensure that your digital file is not in another colour format such as RGB.

What Can Large Format Printing Be Used For?

As we have seen, wide format printing can produce a variety of results, making it a highly versatile medium for just about any purpose. In fact, we see large format prints all around us each day. What are some of the ways in which large format printing can be used?

Vehicle Wrapping

Buses, taxis, vans, and more – we frequently see these vehicles sporting full-colour advertisements or branding on their bodies. This is done through large format printing on a flexible vinyl material that is then wrapped around the vehicle in a process known as vehicle wrapping. The message can then be seen by just about everyone wherever the vehicle drives. Vehicle wrapping is a popular advertisement method favoured by many companies because it is one of the most cost-effective ways of reaching a large audience.

Banner Stands

Banner stands are typically made of a roll of canvas or vinyl placed on a tall vertical stand. They are commonly seen at conventions, booths, stores, tables, and more. Most banner stands are retractable, allowing you to keep them at the end of each day and set them back up the following day. Banner stands are a great way to advertise services, upcoming events, contact information, and anything else. Their large size and eye-catching detail make them a must-have for any promotional booths.

Window Decals

You will undoubtedly have seen the beautiful window decals in some stores. These are also created using large format printing, especially if they are to cover a large window surface. Window decals are adhesive and paste directly onto standard window panes, making them useful for advertising promotions, menus, sales, or even just your store name or motto.

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October 1, 2021

What are the Different Types of Barricades in Singapore?

Whether it is in a carpark, at a construction site, at school, in the amusement park, or anywhere else, metal barricades in Singapore are a common sight. They are commonly used to cordon off areas, protect equipment, or for crowd control purposes. Most metal barricades can be joined together to create a longer barricade of your desired length. Some barricades are also extendable and can be retracted for easier keeping.

Barricade in Singapore comes in different sizes and types, although they generally have a similar shape. They are usually rectangular or squarish in size, with feet on either end of the frame. Barricades that can be interlocked will have small hooks on the side that you can use to join them to each other. There are also both regular barricades and heavy-duty barricades, with the latter weighing more, being more durable, and thus able to withstand more force.

Which barricade is most suitable for your needs? Let’s have a look at the different types of metal barricade in Singapore.

Pedestrian Barricades

Pedestrian barricades are mainly used for crowd control. They are often seen at crowded events such as festivals and concerts, where they are used to section large areas, provide the path for a queue or to control traffic flow. Pedestrian barricades themselves can feature different designs, such as bridge feet or flat feet. They can also have swing gates.

Bridge Feet Barricades

Bridge feet barricades have two feet, each shaped like an arch, designed to stand steadily on uneven ground. Although most of our terrain is built up, bridge feet barricades can still be used regardless, making them an adaptable solution if you are planning to move your equipment around. Bridge feet barricades come with hooks on the side, allowing for interlocking to create longer barriers.

Flat Feet Barricades

Similar to bridge feet barricades, flat feet barricades also have interlocking hooks and two feet, but the difference is that the feet lie flat on the ground rather than being arched. As such, flat feet barricades are best for flat ground.

Wheel Feet Barricades

Wheel feet may come attached to barricades or sold separately. They allow for easy movement of the barricades, which can be helpful if you need to move your barricades frequently. However, the downside of wheel feet is that they are of course less stable than bridge feet or flat feet barricades. Most wheels can be locked in place, preventing movement when they are meant to be stationary, but they may still slide over uneven ground.

Swing Gate Barricades

Don’t lock yourself out with your own barricade! When you have a long barrier formed from many interlocking barricades, it can be difficult for staff or organisers to get through. If you think this might be a problem, you may want to get a barricade swing gate. A swing gate is a special barricade panel that comes with hinges, creating a gate in the middle of the barricade. Barricade swing gates are not only used to allow people to pass, but can also come in the size of vehicles or larger machinery, which are common at construction sites.

Sliding Gate Barricades

Like wheel feet barricades, sliding gate barricades feature wheels that allow a single barricade to slide, often horizontally. The wheels on sliding gate barricades are often fixed to the barricade. Instead of swinging outwards, the sliding gate retracts back into the rest of the barricade, saving on space.

A-frame Barricades

Shaped like an “A”, A-frame barricades look somewhat like an easel, with two slanted legs extending outwards. They commonly have a length of reflective tape at the top over a plank, and can be seen in construction or on the road. A-frame barricades have a stable structure, so they are able to balance on uneven ground.

Expanding Length Barricades

Expanding length barricades are able to extend to variable lengths and retract into a thin pole when not in use. They are commonly made of metal or plastic, and feature interlocking pull levers that allow the barricade to vary its length. Expanding length barricades are often used to cordon off areas for cleaning, maintenance or construction.

Barricade Coatings

The advantage of metal barricades is that they can be customised in a number of ways. There are three main coatings for metal barricade in Singapore:

Powder-Coated Barricades

Powder-coating usually gives the barricade a solid colour of your choice, allowing it to blend into your desired environment. Additionally, powder-coating also provides resistance against rust and corrosion, making it great for rainy weather.

Pre-Galvanised Barricades

Since pre-galvanised barricades have a lighter coating, they are often used only for indoor purposes. We recommend not using them outdoors since they are more prone to rust and corrosion.

Hot-dipped Galvanised Barricades

If you are looking for heavy-duty barricades, hot-dipped galvanised barricades are what you should go for. They are dipped in a coating of hot zinc to protect against rust and corrosion, increasing their ability to withstand harsh weather conditions for years.

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Tampines Tree Planting Carnival 2018 – Event Management

Event Management is one of the many services S-Lite provides. As a one-stop event management company in Singapore, we provide clients with full suite service for their event.

One event that we worked on was the Tampines Tree Planting Carnival 2018, held on the 17th November 2018. This event was a success, with many Tampines residents enjoying their Saturday afternoon at the park. The smooth running of the event is thanks to the planning done by S-Lite. The procurement of food vendors, activity stations and setup of logistics were all essential to the event.

The event started with fringe activities, both food booths as well as activity booths. There were mouth-watering butter corn, kachang puteh, hot dog bun, Penang rojak, Hakka abacas, dingding candy and nachos & cheese booths for the residents to munch into. For those with creative minds, there were DIY shrink plastic badges, pebble art, DIY poster, mini terrarium and carton wallet workshops that they could experience. A photo booth was also set up to allow residents to allow them to keep a memory of this event!

Mid-way through the event, there was the introduction of Tampines Town Council’s mascot, Tampidy. This brought up the atmosphere of the event. The highlight of the event was the tree planting by the Member of Parliaments of the Tampines GRC. The residents had a wonderful time watering the newly-planted trees!

At the end of the day, there were smiles on the faces of the Tampines Residents. S-Lite is glad to have been part of Tampines Tree Planting Carnival 2018, a meaningful and lovely event!

If you have an upcoming event, CLICK HERE to find out more about our event management services!

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