Road infrastructure should provide maximum driving comfort and safety by making the road visible and providing information guidance during day and night.
Older drivers need more time and light to read signs and make decisions compared with other drivers, whilst truck drivers, spending many hours on the road, are sitting much higher above the headlights of their vehicle. This means that for the traffic sign to remain visible, the cone of reflected light has to be much wider.
The first retro-reflective sheeting on the market was based on glass beads with a reflective coating behind these beads. The resulting optics returned 6 to 8 % of the incident headlight towards the light source. But 75 years later technology has enabled this to be almost 10 times better. Since micro prismatic technology was born, reflective road safety signs have experienced continuous improvements. The use of tougher polymers also generates more durable and weather resistant retro-reflective films.
In addition to improved retro-reflectivity, 3M’s prismatic reflective sheeting materials offer a number of environmental benefits over glass beaded sheeting with a 97% reduction in volatile organic compounds, a 77% decrease in energy consumption and a 46% decrease in solid waste during the manufacturing process.
3M offers you 3 different classes of high performing reflective sign sheeting for your permanent and temporary road sign applications.
With 3M, you can count on long-lasting quality and performance. We offer up to 12 years of protection when using select 3M components and have multiple warranty tiers available for several classes of reflective sheeting and multiple imaging methods.
With 3M reflective sheeting material you can provide best in class retroreflectivity with a long lasting durability that will provide peace of mind.
The optical efficiency of 3M's sheeting products provide brightness and visibility by returning more light to drivers in a range of vehicle types.
With nearly twice the reflectivity of 3M lower-grade signage material, 3M Diamond Grade sheeting helps create more visible signs, and more visible signs have been shown to cut night time accidents by up to 46%.¹
Achieve superb reflectivity at short and long distances with 3M full cube technology. This top-of-the-line reflective road sign sheeting is recommended for signs positioned inside and outside of primary headlight illumination.
Beyond Diamond Grade DG³, 3M offers other reflective road sign sheeting products to help you keep your roads and highways as safe as possible.
Provides long-term reflectivity and durability with an improved optical package to increase nighttime safety. Its unique prismatic construction provides a high level of retroreflectivity for multiple traffic control situations.
A non-metalised micro-prismatic lens reflective sheeting designed for production of non-critical traffic signs (such as no-parking, disabled or restricted-parking) and commercial signage that's exposed vertically in service.
There are many advantages to digital road safety sign printing. Not only does it offer you quick on-demand printing for custom signs and enhanced workflow, but when you use 3M products, you will be backed by our 3M™ MCS™ Warranty.
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