Signage manufacturing method

  • US 6,397,451 B1
  • Filed: 03/05/1999
  • Issued: 06/04/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/30/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A signage manufacturing method, which includes the steps of:

  • a) providing a sign blank with inner and outer surfaces, opposite side edges, opposite end edges and opposite panels;

    b) printing on said sign blank outer surface;

    c) applying adhesive to said sign blank inner surface;

    d) folding said sign blank along a fold line extending between the opposite side edges thereof and thereby placing said opposite panels in adjacent relationship with respect to each other and forming a pair of side seams with said adhesive;

    e) forming a pocket with said sign blank inner surface and locating said pocket between said opposite panels and between said side seams;

    f) providing an opening to said pocket between said end edges;

    g) inserting a sign support structure through said opening and into said pocket; and

    h) forming said sign support structure from a wire bale with a pair of legs with upper ends and a crosspiece with opposite ends each connected to a respective leg upper end;

    i) forming a pair of compression spaces each located between a respective seam and a respective bail leg; and

    j) diverging said sign halves across said compression spaces from said seams towards said bail legs, thereby mounting said folded sign on said bail and substantially entirely frictionally retaining said folded sign on said bail by means of said bail legs being frictionally retained in said compression spaces adjacent to said side seams respectively and by means of said crosspiece being frictionally retained in said compression space adjacent to said top edge along substantially the entire length of said crosspiece.

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