Passport Printing Pays for De La Rue

Could Brexit factor be boosting De La Rue’s passport printing business?

Passport control image by 1000Words (via Shutterstock).

A Licence to Print Passports: authentication and identity related products have paid dividends for De La Rue. London Heathrow airport passport control image by 1000 Words (via Shutterstock).

Over the last year, the results of June 2016’s EU Membership referendum have made for an uncertain time for businesses. For some companies, Brexit hasn’t been about doom and gloom. De La Rue have had a pretty good 2016 – 17, especially in the field of passport printing.

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In Video: Traffolyte Engraving

A selection of Traffolyte engraving clips, detailing the process, and how Traffolyte signs are engraved

120V AC Warning Sign, created with Traffolyte engraving techniques

Just to recap, Traffolyte engraving is so-called after the birthplace of the method: Trafford Park Industrial Estate. The plastic was originally derived from phenolic plastic sheets. There are standard colours with, for example, a Traffolyte sign being made of a top and bottom red layer. Like a liquorice allsort or a strawberry split ice lolly, it has a ‘bit in the middle’. For arguments sake, this may be white. Text is die cut onto the top and bottom layers of the ‘sandwich’.

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Kodama’s 2-in-1 Laser Engraver

Forthcoming laser engraver will also have 3D printing functions – and be priced at $99

Laser Engraver image by Pressmaster via Shutterstock.

Soon, the laser engraver will also be within reach of many households and small business’ budgets. Image by Pressmaster via Shutterstock.

There is always something psychologically fulfilling about any gadget having a sub-£100 or sub-$100 price point. In 1980, Clive Sinclair’s ZX80 sold for £99.95 in assembled form and became the first sub-£100 home computer. The impact it had on the computer age was immediate, leading to a successful follow-up (the ZX81) and the even more successful Sinclair ZX Spectrum. This year, we could see the first sub-$100 laser engraver and a Kickstarter campaign has begun.

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Royal Mint’s Bad Penny Blues

Royal Mint production errors mar launch of Britain’s most secure coin

Royal Mint post Pound coin image by Linda Bestwick (via Shutterstock).

Britain’s most secure coin and, as we have learned this week – a Pound coin that has had major design flaws.  Image by Linda Bestwick (via Shutterstock).

In two days time, we shall be seeing the end of the old five pound note in favour of the waxy vegan-unfriendly ones. Apart from the slight controversy, the launch of our new fivers has been pretty smooth. Compare and contrast this with the implementation of the new pound coins by the Royal Mint. Lovely to look and similar to the pre-decimalisation threepenny bit, it is good to handle. Unless you have a warped coin, or one that has seen the inner part fall out.

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Etched Safety Sign

Anoprinted and Traffolyte Safety Signs

Why Able Engraving & Design should be your first source for anoprinted and Traffolyte safety signs

In a previous blog post of ours, we looked at Traffolyte and how Traffolyte signs are created. They are a popular form of engraving technique for electrical signs and are also used for safety signage. There is also another form of engraving which is popular: anoprinting. In other words, anoprinted signs.

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New Pound Coin

New Pound Coin ‘Gold Rush’

Why some versions of the newly minted pound coin are attracting three figure bids

What do you think of those new fangled pound coins? Some of us at Able Engraving and Design are happy with the new look and, let’s face it, the older pound coins have had their day. Besides, the original pound coin was a gift for counterfeiters, and some people to this day dearly miss the pound notes. They went out of circulation in 1988.

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Laser engraving head

In Video: Laser Engraving Clips

Sit back, relax, and watch our carefully curated selection of laser engraving clips

One of the great joys of laser engraving is its use in detailed work. A few minutes with a laser beam can be used to trace a photograph onto any material. The results are pleasing with the laser engraving as clear as the original image. Continue reading

Why Traffolyte is Alright

More reasons to use Traffolyte signage

A Traffolyte Valve Disk with valve name

A Traffolyte valve disk with a valve name.

One of the greatest things about Traffolyte is its use in labelling. Lettering is well defined and legible with text on a high contrast background. They are often used on electrical installations as the plastic does not conduct with electricity. This was why Metropolitan Vickers invented it for their Trafford Park works in 1927 (hence the first six letters of ‘Trafford’ forming its name).

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A full English breakfast

Pound Coin Design Could Have Been Fry-Up

Second most popular design idea for new Pound coin was a full English breakfast

A full English breakfast: also a failed pound coin design concept. Image by Felix Furo (via Shutterstock).

Bad for circulation? The tails side of our new Pound coin could have been a traditional fry-up. Image by Felix Furo (via Shutterstock).

A case of bacon bad or foreseeable circulation issues? In a recent competition to design the new look Pound coin, the second placed design idea was a full English breakfast. According to The Times newspaper, the Royal Mint’s Chief Engraver, Gordon Summers, received over 6,000 entries. Besides the winning design, there was some 30 to 40 distinct subject areas. The Great British Breakfast featured prominently.

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Teeth Brace Engraving

A Putin and Trump Engraving on Your Teeth?

Unusual engraving project fulfilled to commemorate Trump’s and Putin’s telephone conversation after Trump’s inauguration

Teeth Brace Engraving Image by Studio La Magica (via Shutterstock).

Imagine this beautiful smile being besmirched by a portrait of your favourite political figurehead? Image by Studio La Magica (via Shutterstock).

This, without a doubt has got to be the strangest engraving related story we have come across. It is one where engraving’s role in cosmetic dentistry meets a bizarre customer request. A while back in the Daily Express, we learned of a patient who went to a dentist in Sochi, Russia for porcelain crowns and veneers. This is the most run-of-the-mill part of an unusual story.

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