There is so much equipment used in the making of signs and banners now as the uses have increased. Some of the equipment used in making simple banners is;
A heat press - this heats the surface of the sign or the object that is having the sign or banner fixed to it for example there is a heat press that puts signs on banners and ones that put images onto ornaments and mugs. This method works with putting signs or images on a lot of different objects and this process has been used for years.
Ink and printers - these are mainly used in the making of soft material banners and the size and quality vary greatly there are the more simple printers that have the ability to print words and block images, then there are those that can print off detailed images onto the banner material. The ink used in these printers is very important because if the wrong kind is used the ink will not set on the material and the sign would not last for any period of time.
Squeegees - this an essential piece of equipment for any one who deals with vinyl sticker banners as it ensures there are no bubbles or creases in the sign when finally attached to the surface it is going to be displayed on.
Then there is probably the oldest form of sign making, embroidery - these days this form is usually kept to clothing but it is still possible to have a sign or banner made for you using embroidery. Although the process has changed dramatically since the process was first started a design that, in the past, could have taken hours can now be completed in a matter of minutes.
There are different types of signs for different purposes for example the use of large banners is more common in advertising rather than neon signs. Neon signs tend to be used at the front of the premise and are a permanent fixture rather than for advertisement. This is because the process of making a neon sign is more technical than printing off a banner, the tube lighting used is made by hand to create the personalised sign the customer is after.
With the neon sign process being so much more technical you can expect to pay more. The extremely large banners are mainly used for advertising campaigns these are made to with stand the weather and can last for years with out the colour fading at all. Then the most expensive tends to be the graphic designed signs, these can have any image used on them and can even use UV paint and light to add a modern effect to the look of your company. These use an Ink Jet system to print the image onto the surface wanting to be used whether that is aluminium, wood or even foam.