Anicom Signs is in its thirty-first year serving clients in the Atlantic Provinces.Anicom Signs started as a mobile sign rental firm serving mainly Halifax, Dartmouth and the surrounding counties. The business grew naturally and services expanded mainly through client requests. Anicom Signs currently provides turnkey solutions to unique signage design/build requirements.
Airport Retail Signage
The company manufactures illuminated airport retail signagemoreand is certified by the Canadian Standards Association to fabricate mobile signs, backlit awnings, neon signs and building mounted and free standing roadside signs.
In addition to electric signs Anicom Signs designs and produces construction site signs, real estate signs, banners, complete point of sale screen printed kits for advertising campaigns and individual and fleet graphics.
Outdoor Digital Printing
Anicom Signs produces large format indoor and outdoor digital printing suitable for any application. Anicom Signs also distributes in Atlantic Canada for Hamilton Digital Designs Ltd. (electronic message centres). We are a Hewlett Packard Certified Print Center and a 3M Certified Fabricator, able to offer the 3M MCS 2 year outdoor warranty on our digital prints.
The responsible Anicom Signs' staff come from all backgrounds and the broad mix of tastes and abilities generates an energetic, creative and happy atmosphere. We all enjoy what we do and we are all working at what we do best. The open atmosphere encourages creativity, new ideas, learning and experimentation, all of which helps the company as a whole grow and evolve.
While each person has extensive experience in their own field, many have also collected a wide variety of experiences in other fields, much of which has no direct bearing on sign manufacture. These broad backgrounds keep us flexible in our thinking, inventive in our solutions, able to say "Can do!" to any problem.
All jobs at Anicom Signs start with the sales staff. These are the people who interact with the customers, listen to their needs and guide them through the process of deciding on a sign. All our sales staff are experts in the sign field with years of practical experience behind them. Not only do they know what makes an excellent sign, they know first hand how it will be put together.
By understanding the details of the work they are able to quote a highly competitive price on all jobs. However, they will never give a quote that sacrifices on the quality of the job. Their motto: "We would rather explain the price than apologize for the quality." The sales staff continue to work with the customer throughout the job, checking designs and liaising during the installation. The job is not complete until the sales staff is satisfied that the customer is happy.
Any company would disappear fast without effective and efficient office management, and Anicom Signs is no exception. Our administration department takes care of all the vital day-to-day details and prevents our customers from being swept away in the maelstrom of activity in the office and workshop. Calls and visitors are quickly handed over to one of our friendly sales staff, payments for deliveries efficiently sent out and customer invoicing delivered promptly upon completion of the job.
Airport Retail Sign Design
Almost everyone at Anicom Signs gets to have a go at design at some time or another. The sales staff sketch out the initial ideas while talking to the customer and the production team frequently comes up with suggestions during the design process as well. Everyone has good ideas and are encouraged to bring them forth and develop them.
However, we also have a dedicated design staff that specialize in taking the sketches and details brought to them by the sales people, blending them with the limitations of the materials, by-laws and cost constraints, honing them with years of experience with design and in the sign industry and then injecting the spark of creativity to produce the final airport retail sign design for customer approval.
To help them in this task we have a network of PC and Mac computers, all sharing files and printers, running a number of graphics programs including CorelDraw, Photoshop, Signlab, CASmate, Adobe Illustrator Quark Express, 3D Studio Max, AutoCad, including others. We can accept files in almost any format through a multitude of media.
We can scan regular pictures and slides, we can read zip disks, floppy disks and CDs, we have a digital camera to quickly take pictures and put them on the computer, and we have a fast internet connection to download files sent to us via e-mail. We can also accept Mac files on floppies, zip disks and SyQuest disks or through the internet.
With all these ways of accepting files it is only natural that we also have full virus protection facilities to protect both ourselves and our customers. We have also recently purchased a CD burner so that we can backup customer files, the production files can then be given to you, our customer at a very low price!
Retail Sign Production
The production department at Anicom Signs has a fully equipped workshop more than capable of building or repairing any sign. Two vehicle bays, one capable of holding vehicles up to small truck size and the other capable of holding a semi-trailer, give plenty of room for work, be it vehicle graphics or extra-large signs. We also have full welding facilities, a compressor to power our selection of pneumatic tools and all the equipment and supplies to complete any electrical job.
A specially equipped pickup truck and our bucket truck (a van with a hydraulic arm to lift a man 28' in the air), both painted in our distinctive yellow, enable our production crew to install almost any sign, anywhere with no additional cost to the customer.
Our vinyl department has a separate room with a 52" plotter and vinyl cutter and a 54" Hewlett Packard CP3500 large format colour printer and the computers needed to power them. The CP3500 colour printer produces both indoor and outdoor images in any size desired at a resolution up to 600 dpi.
Also in this room is a vast selection of vinyls in all colours and several thicknesses. We also carry a number of different medias to feed the CP3500 colour printer, from plain paper to a sticky vinyl capable of withstanding the rigors of outdoor use and even a banner stock, allowing us to produce full colour digital images directly onto the banner.less
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134 Joseph Zatzman Drive
B3B 1M4, Dartmouth