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In July 2008, Highways Magazine looked at how Hants County Council was able to update its temporary road-signs with the use of a novel printing solution. Identifying the many advantages, other councils have since adopted the technology likewise and are already reaping the rewards.

The financial outgoings that councils across the UK have to incur are wide and limitless; and thus, potential savings are welcomed and encouraged. One such area of expense is that generated by the placement of temporary road work signs. During lengthy projects, costs are further heightened, with a continual need for the signs to be amended in accordance with the ongoing work. In the past, creation of these new signs has often proved time-consuming and inefficient; but one company has now eliminated these problems via its novel printing solution.

The MiniMark printer offers a cost-effective sign and label making system that is compact, fast and incredibly versatile. A desktop printer that can be directly connected to a PC, it has the ability to print up to 750 signs per day – which is of tremendous value to Aberdeenshire and Gloucestershire County Councils, who recently decided to take advantage of this technology to boost productivity. Before obtaining these printers, the development of new signs would require outsourcing of the project to a specialist company, which carried with it problematic time and financial implications. However, councils are now able to make replacement signs in-house, on demand, with minimum fuss and labour, and perhaps most crucially, without the high levels of expenditure previously encountered. The quality and durability of the sign has also improved significantly on the previous materials used, which is of particular assistance where harsh or extreme weather conditions are prevalent - certainly something that the latest councils implementing this technology can relate to.

Aberdeenshire, for instance, frequently encounters heavy snow storms, often resulting in the closure of many of its roads and bridges. Thus, there is a palpable need to keep the local public informed of such occurrences quickly and clearly. Stuart McFarlane, the principal network engineer of Formartine - the company enlisted by Aberdeenshire County Council to undertake its operations in this field - takes up the story:

"Aberdeenshire Council recently invested in four Minimark printers, allowing us to make considerable savings in sign cost manufacture and allowing us to react quickly and flexibly to changes as they are required. With an increasing requirement to inform our customers of our activities - often resulting from conditions imposed by weather situations - this development in signing allows us to meet this need.

"We've generated an ethos of keeping people as informed as possible, and the MiniMark printers enable us to do exactly that. Time-saving, though, is perhaps the most advantageous element of all. We can make the signs here ourselves, rather than having to rely on other companies’ timescales. In addition, the immense cost savings have been beneficial too".

Additionally, the signs have proven to be successful in soothing other problems: "We recently had to extend a road closure for longer than anticipated, which a local business was understandably disappointed and frustrated about, as it placed a negative impact on his trade", Mr McFarlane continues. "However, thanks to the new sign creation technology, we were able to implement a ‘business as usual’ sign, which kept him happy as we addressed the problem right away. From a blank yellow strip, we produced the finished article and had it in place in just one hour. It’s so valuable to be able to react and tackle grievances such as these straight away".

Gloucestershire County Council is also taking advantage of the MiniMark printers. Roy Embling, the senior construction supervisor of Gloucestershire Highways, comments: "We recently purchased a Minimark printer to assist us with the production of scheme information signs. The printer has enabled us to produce professional looking signs, whilst reducing the time it takes to produce them. The use of the adhesive strips also allows the sign plates to be re-used in the future.

"We are currently using the signs to advise the public of road closures; we can print them off on our computers, enlarge them as needed, and then add plastic covers", he continues. "It saves time, as it’s far quicker than before - we can now print off ten signs in ten minutes. Previously, it would’ve taken four hours of man-power to achieve this. Therefore, in times of extended road works, we can just change the date [which indicates to when the road works will continue] by sticking on a new sign straight away; it’s just that quick. In addition, it completely eliminates the previous laminating procedure, which is also an added bonus."

The solutions are currently being supplied via Touch Print Ltd, the leading supplier of labelling equipment to local councils and their contractors, and Touch Print's expertise has also proven to be a hugely impactful factor. Mr McFarlane remarks, "Upon purchase, we had some minor challenges as it related to learning just what the printer was capable of, but when we went back to Touch Print, they were more than helpful in explaining the processes and setting us in the right direction".

Mr Embling too was appreciative of Touch Print's service, commending the fact that the printers turned up the very next day after the order was placed, ensuring that Gloucestershire County Council could begin to enjoy the benefits within hours of ordering.

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Gloucestershire Highways recently purchased a Minimark printer to assist us with the production of scheme information signs. The printer has enabled us to produce professional looking signs, whilst reducing the time it takes to produce them. The use of the adhesive strips also allows the sign plates to be re-used in the future.

Gloucestershire Highways

"Aberdeenshire Council recently invested in four Minimark printers allowing us to make considerable savings in sign cost manufacture and allowing us to react quickly and flexibly to changes as they are required. With an increasing requirement to inform our customers of our activities this development in signing allows us to meet this need."

Aberdeenshire Council
Stuart Mcfarlane
Principal Network Engineer, Formartine