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Safety is Good Business at Muir!

Muir values its employees.  The talented and dependable staff are responsible for creating the high quality products that have earned Muir its reputation as an industry leader.  Muir also knows that a safe workplace is a productive workplace, and that a safe workplace starts with safe employees.  That’s why, when Muir partnered with human resources […]

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Understanding the new standards

ISO 9001:2015 is the latest revision to the world’s most widely applied international standard on quality management systems. The standard helps organizations demonstrate to customers that they can offer products and services of consistently good quality; the standard also acts as a tool to make organizations more efficient at what they do. In the new […]

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Label Kitting: Saves Time, Money and Errors on the Production Line

A Simple Idea that Saves Time and Worry
Label kitting is a simple concept that saves both time and worry. How? All the labels that must be applied to a piece of equipment or machinery are printed on a single sheet – or are packaged in one bag

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The Difference Between Life and Death: Choosing the Right Safety Signal Words

In an ideal world, the workplace would be hazard-free and safe from potential injuries and accidents. The truth is, however, many industrial operations involve a certain amount of risk that can’t be controlled through engineering measures, administrative controls, or personal protective equipment. For decades, environmental, health and safety professionals have preached the value of placing […]

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PRESSURE SENSITIVE ADHESIVE (PSA) FOR GRAPHIC FILMS

In the world of graphic applications, proper adhesion can be the difference between a satisfied client and the costs of a reprint and reinstallation.  Better understanding of the surface to which you are installing graphics and the adhesive options available for the graphics are crucial to assure satisfaction in the overall application and avoid costly […]

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THE WEATHER REPORT: TESTING DECALS FOR OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTS

Outdoor testing and accelerated weathering processes help predict the effects of real-life weather exposure on materials, inks and adhesives. By Tobbias Day as Published in OEM Off-Highway Magazine Digital Edition Life expectancy is a critical factor in the design and production of industrial decals, many of which are exposed to harsh outdoor conditions throughout their […]

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Decal Application

The ideal application temp range is 70°F to 100°F Application to surfaces below 50°F (10°C) can cause pressure-sensitive adhesives to become too firm to adhere readily Wet paint can cause decal bubbling due to out-gassing. Out-gassing is a separate issue stemming from molded plastics. Solvents left in uncured paints can negatively affect the adhesive bond. […]

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CREATING QUICK RESPONSE CODES THAT LAST A LIFETIME

By Rebecca O’Donnell as published in the Ag Innovator, a Publication of the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association. While still used primarily for marketing and advertising purposes, QR codes are quickly expanding into industrial applications. Manufacturers are discovering that these codes are an effective way to deliver safety and instructional information, often placing directly on equipment or signage […]

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PERFECT ALIGNMENT EVERY TIME WITH THREE-POINT REGISTRATION

By Tobbias Day, Director of Quality Management. Three-point registration is ideal for industrial graphics printed with multiple colors, since the process maintains proper alignment within the final dimensions of the decal or label. View Article (PDF)

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AESTHETICS, DURABILITY & BRAND LONGEVITY: THE POWERS OF LAMINATION

By Tobbias Day, Director of Quality Management. Want to enhance the visual appearance and the durability of your industrial graphics? Chances are, you don’t need to look any further than lamination. Manufacturers generally choose to laminate their decals for two key reasons: visual enhancement and durability. First, overlaminates add depth to your graphics and provide a […]

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HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE SAFETY SIGNAL WORDS

As published in OEM Off-Highway Magazine. Caution. Warning! DANGER! Three words mean pretty much the same thing, right? Wrong. They’re not interchangeable, particularly when it comes to industrial graphics. In fact, each of these “signal words” has a specific connotation that literally can mean the difference between life and death. View Article (PDF)

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ARE YOUR ENGINEERING DRAWINGS COSTING YOU MONEY AND PERFORMANCE?

By Tobbias Day as published in OEM Off-Highway Magazine. The more precise the engineering drawings are for your decals, the more likely you will get the performance you want. However, the tighter these specs – and the more brand names they include – the more likelihood you are limiting your decal vendor from providing a cost-saving opportunity that […]

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KITTING MEANS HAVING THE RIGHT DECAL, IN THE RIGHT PLACE, AT THE RIGHT TIME

As published in the Ag Innovator, a Publication of the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association. Ensuring you have the right decals at the right place at the right time can be a major juggling act for the agriculture industry. Missing decals can hold up the production line, so you want to make sure you always have enough on […]

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THE EVOLUTION OF INDUSTRIAL GRAPHICS: AN INSIDER’S VIEW

By Andrew Muir as published in Design 2 Part Magazine. As a second generation industrial graphics manufacturer, Andrew Muir has a unique perspective on how the industry has changed and developed throughout the years. And his insights aren’t limited to just the technologies used but also in the way businesses in the industry are run, the increased […]

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WHY QUALITY BEATS PRICE – HANDS DOWN

By Mark Shortt of Design 2 Part Magazine. In a competitive manufacturing environment, there’s a lot to consider when evaluating potential sources and deciding who’s going to be your next supplier for a particular project. Chances are that your decision will have a lot to do with how you feel about two important factors—the quality of the […]

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SELLING THE FINE PRINT

By Steve Tarter of the Journal Star. Muir’s Business Blueprint, featured in the Journal Star, describes how Muir Omni Graphics emphasizes green philosophy and community ties while making labels, signs for businesses. View Article

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