How clear is your message to those who need to take action?
Within the food and beverage industry, additional product lines, new product launches or simply just an upscale in production often means running at increased capacity and higher risks.
Additional temporary staff and new procedures mean there are perhaps unfamiliar instructions which must be followed.
90% of all information which reaches the human brain is visual. Not only can visual information be processed faster, the retention and comprehension rates are significantly higher than text-based or verbal instructions.
How can you use visual management to improve compliance?
Implementing bespoke signage and visual management in your factory could not be easier. Follow our simple three step procedure below to obtain a proposal you can be sure will meet the exact needs of your application.
1. Choose your message
What instruction do you wish to convey? From instruction boards to decision trees, and process flows and visual quality reference boards, the options are endless.
2. Choose your material
A range of materials and options are available from heavy duty Composite aluminium board to high tack adhesive vinyl. It depends on what surface you’re fixing to.
3. Choose your size
As each item is made to measure, we can print your signage in any size from 100mm up to 1500mm square! Simply specify the size you require.
Frequently asked questions
What is the lead time on shadow boards?
From receiving your brief, we aim to provide you with a no obligation quotation within 24 hours. Once we receive your purchase order/ payment (subject to account status), our design team will quickly provide full visual proofs. Once you have signed off the proofs your order is moved to production and will be delivered within 2-3 weeks of proof approval. If you have an urgent deadline, please speak to our team about fast track turnaround – we will be happy to discuss your timeline and come up with an acceptable plan.
Are hooks and holders provided with the shadow board?
Yes – your shadow board quotation from Hygiene Technologies will include the necessary hooks and holders for your utensils. In some cases where there are special / bespoke requirements, we may agree (following mutual discussion) for you to fix utensil hanging brackets to the shadow board(s) yourself.
My auditor tells me I need shadow boards but I don’t have wall space.
A frequent problem! Hygiene Technologies offers static and mobile stainless steel frames for shadow boards allowing you to locate anywhere you need.
What is the shadow board ordering process?
Hygiene Technologies operates a simple yet effective four step ordering process for shadow boards:
Send your design brief/requirements to Hygiene Technologies. Complete our shadow board Enquiry Form, email us at [email protected] or call 0800 732 525.
Quotation. You will receive a no obligation quotation from Hygiene Technologies on which you place your order.
Design. On receipt of your order, full proofs will be sent to you for approval.
Production. Once design proofs are approved the job can proceed promptly to production. Following routine QC inspection, your order is carefully packed and despatched
How do I mount my shadow boards to the wall?
There are a number of different methods for mounting your shadow board – including, stand-offs, hinges, trollies and direct fix.
What colours do shadow boards come in?
In addition to the standard 11 hygiene colours from Hygiene Technologies, our state-of-the-art design and print facilities allow us to print whatever colour and design you wish for. Instead of colour on white, or white on colour shadow boards, why not incorporate your corporate brand colours or design patterns?
Do your shadow boards come in standard sizes?
In addition to our range of standard design Shadow Boards, we offer a bespoke design service. Our design team are well practised at fitting all the necessary tools and utensils into the smallest space possible to keep the cost to a minimum for you. (This does involve working with a number of standard sizes which are the most cost efficient). If you have specific dimensions you wish to work to, please contact our team who will be happy to advise.
Are your shadow boards supplied with fixings?
As the requirements for each factory/facility are different, we do not supply shadow boards with the fixings required for attaching to the wall.
Do shadow boards have to be fixed to the wall?
In many cases, fixing shadow boards to the wall is not an option. This may be because of many factors such as limited wall space or new walling which cannot be fixed to. In larger production halls, the walls may not be close enough to the required area.
Mobile shadow board frames
Hygiene Technologies stainless steel mobile shadow board frames can be moved to any location as required. These are used for a wide variety of applications, a few of which are given as examples below:
- Where wall space is limited.
- To position shadow boards closer to operatives and production lines. This minimises downtime and cross-contamination risk.
How long do your shadow boards last?
The life span of Hygiene Technologies shadow boards depends on your application and environment. The composite of our shadow boards is made from hard wearing and durable materials. Our direct print process also increases the life of the shadow board by removing the risk of peeling shadows. All Hygiene Technologies shadow boards have a heat-sealed laminate capable of withstanding the harsh demands of cleaning chemicals and animal fats.
Are your shadow boards suitable for outdoor use?
Yes – Hygiene Technologies shadow boards are made from material suitable for external use. Our direct print and hot laminate process make our shadow boards significantly more suited to outdoor applications than some alternative options which cold laminate or apply vinyl shadows. All laminates are external grade.
Do you charge for shadow board design?
We do not charge for shadow board design. Simply complete your shadow board enquiry form, return to us and we will provide a no obligation quotation. On receipt of your order, full visual proofs will be provided free of charge. We will not proceed to print until you have signed off the proofs.
Do you install shadow boards?
Each outlet has its own protocol and requirements for fixing Shadow Boards to walls and in working areas. We therefore recommend Shadow Boards are installed by your inhouse team (e.g. engineering). We are available to advise as required.
Are your shadow boards food grade?
Documentation is available detailing the material properties of our shadow boards, which are widely accepted as being suitable for food contact. Please contact the shadow board team for further information.
Can we have our own colour scheme?
Yes – our state-of-the-art design and print facilities give us exceptional versatility. Why not utilise this so your shadow boards match your corporate colour scheme, including management initiatives and objectives?
Are the utensils included?
Please specify at time of enquiry whether you wish us to include utensils on your quotation. We recommend them!
Do I have to pay extra for a logo?
No – all Hygiene Technologies shadow boards have provision for a logo as standard at no extra charge.