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November 2002
This Month's Tip:
Point-of-Purchase Display Mounting

The next time you walk into a store, take a good look at the various displays that are hanging from the ceiling or standing near the register. Many of them utilize the process of mounting to make them sturdier and more noticeable.

The Mounting Process 
Mounting (a.k.a. sheet/litho laminating) refers to the process of gluing one substrate onto another, such as a printed sheet onto a thicker backing material. Common materials include chipboard, corrugated board and foam board. Although board thicknesses vary from application to application, 50-point board is a consistently popular size.

Helpful Tips

  • Avoid tight registration Due to multiple variables inherent in mounting materials and processes, mounted products should not be designed with tightly registered graphic elements. Unlike many other operations (such as printing, die cutting and foil stamping, which can routinely hold tight registration tolerances), variances in the sheet mounting process make tight registration difficult to hold.

  • Warpage Fluctuations in humidity and moisture conditions will cause different materials to contract at different rates once glue has been applied. Therefore, choose your material combinations carefully. For example, an enamel-coated sheet mounted to chipboard may warp, wrinkle and subsequently delaminate as these materials dry at different rates. For projects where warping is a major concern, contact Diecrafters to discuss production alternatives such as stiffening flanges or foam board, either of which should yield more satisfactory results. 

  • Leave ample drying time Allow additional time for mounted projects to dry sufficiently. Subsequent operations should not be performed on wet materials. Failing to give a mounting project ample time to dry can result in a host of production problems and increased warping.

The Diecrafters Advantage
At Diecrafters, we can combine mounting with in-house die cutting, foil stamping and assembly capabilities to create eye-catching, customized point-of-purchase displays. Give us a call to find out how we can help you plan your next mounted point-of-purchase display. 

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