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Making a Clipsin sign frame

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A step by step guide to making a Clipsin frame.


Manufacturing Safety First

Staff experience
Ensure the suitability and experience of your staff and their training to fabricate and install our sign systems prior to using.

Safety of workplace
Ensure you have evaluated the equipment for safety guarding and your facilities are of a suitable type to work with our sections.

Personal protection equipment
Please provide all necessary personal protection equipment to your staff including ear protection and eye protection.


Cutting the sections

When cutting assemble both base and cap together, to ensure the saw cut action doesn’t close over and alter the mitre, place a packing block timber 19-20mm(1.5”) in the front gap of the cap and base. Clamp in position then cut.


Cutting tip

When cutting cut from the back of the section, the part that forms the hinge as this will ensure that the front of the cap doesn’t catch in the saw blade when cutting short lengths.


After cutting

Remove cap and base from saw. Clean working area. Select suitable working area and lay base section face down to insert corner brackets. Insert corners into rear slot in alum section, and tighten screws.


After cutting tip

When tightening screws ensure not to over tighten as you may strip the thread. If you are going to transport the Clips-in frame leave the second screw loose, for assembly on site at a latter time.


Assemble the corners

Once you have a corner assembled, tighten screws while checking the mitre is aligned.


Strengthening the corners

In some applications such as large scale sign frames corners gussets are suggested. These are alum. Corner gussets with stainless steel T bolts which slide into the rear slot on the back of the base, allowing easy break down for transport and ease of assembly on site.


Straight joins

In the case of a straight join assemble sections and tighten screws while checking the straight joint is aligned.


Filing the cap

Minor filing ensures the systems ease of use. File the hinge section of cap square, to allow ease of placement into base when frame assembled. File the inside front corner of cap rounded, to stop from marking or damaging the sign face material.


Filing the base for hemmed sign faces

Only required if your are inserting hemmed sign faces. Minor filing ensures the systems ease of use. File the T-slot section of the base to a smooth round. This will assist if you are inserting hemmed sign faces into the rope track.


Hemmed sign face tips

Only required if your are inserting hemmed sign faces. When you install a large sign face you may use the optional rope track. Hem via stitching or double sided tape with 10mm (3/8”) poly rope. Extra slip may be obtained by using spray lubricant or similar.


Apply double sided tape

Apply recommended double sided tissue tape to the top of the rope slot section of the base. The rope slot is in 2 parts apply tape to the rear sloping section nearest to the back of the base.


Double sided tape tips

The recommended double sided tissue tape is nominated in our price list. The use of this tape allows the sign maker the ability to pre tension the sign face, as the tape holds the sign face in place while you adjust the face for removal of wrinkles.


Security Fixing of Clips-in cap

When installing large clips-in frames you will need to ensure the cap is securely fixed to the base to ensure long term tension of the sign face. On the back of the cap there is a groove in the extrusion by installing a 30mm (13/8") screw through the cap, into the base as shown this locks the cap in position. We recommend this for sites where access may be a problem if maintenance is required.
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