Braille Signs

Engraved Braille signs are crafted for the purpose of complying with ADA rules regarding signage that need to have both tactile letters and Braille translations on them. Engraving is a method chosen by sign manufacturers due to the fact that present day engraving machines can enable them to create not only the raised letters needed for such signs but also the raised dots, or the holes needed for raster Braille, that are required of such signs.

The steps that are needed to create such signs these days have been simplified enough due to the help of computer aided designs and machines that can easily follow these computer generated signage designs. To help you understand how these Braille signs are crafted, here are some of the basic first steps used for the manufacture of such signage:

Designs are created with the help of a computer. – The custom signs that need to be crafted are first designed by sign design teams with the help of a design program that is either made for the engraving machine that is to be employed for such a task or one that is generally used by people who need to design signs. These designs are often crafted with the colors, scaling and proper adherence to ADA guidelines (fonts, character size, spacing, etc.) before these are sent to the people who ordered them for approval.

The designs are fed to the engraving machine for signage creation. – The designs that are approved are then fed to the computer guided engraving machine that is used by the signage company. The sign designs are aligned properly as the material for the signs are also loaded into the engraving machine for this task. Once these are ready, sign making can then begin.

The signs are then crafted with the use of these computer aided machines. - The ADA compliant signs that are crafted by such machines can be engraved to already have the Braille translations on them, and these are made with the use of the same engraving tool that is made to create the tactile letters of these signs. Some machines however are programmed to only create the holes needed by the raster beads that are used to create the domed Braille translations of these signs, with another machine tasked to insert these beads in.

Quality checks are made. – As soon as the signs are finished, quality checks are made to ensure that the signs not only meet the client’s demands but are also compliant with ADA standards.