January 28, 2016

Aspen Onyx: What's There to Know?

In an effort to describe our products a bit more, I am going to highlight a new or different product each month. As an avid online buyer - who isn't these days, am I right? - I understand that it's hard to tell what the product is like by simply looking at a picture online or even by reading the description. Product descriptions may not be thorough enough for the questions you may have. Anyway, after reading this and learning more, if you still have questions, please feel free to address them in the comments, and I'll be sure to answer. Also you can use our online chat or call us at (888) 748-7446.

Alright! Now that we got some housekeeping out of the way, let me ask you: do you enjoy the world of Fabric Frames? Never heard of them? Well, Fabric SEG Frames are a big thing in the signs & displays industry right now. Oh, you don't know what SEG means? Sorry about that - I’m getting ahead of myself! SEG stands for Silicone Edge Graphics and is used on fabric material only. Moreover, there is a special type of frame made especially for SEG graphics.

You see, there is a thin strip of silicone that is sewn onto the entire perimeter of the graphic. To be compatible, the frame has a thin trough within its edges. To install, SEG fabric is pushed into the trough, thus creating a seamless picture that is perfectly “wrapped” by the frame. We are very particular about the type of fabric we use for SEG because we want to avoid a wavy or warped print, since it does need a little stretch to install tautly. Currently, we use a nice satin fabric that has a one-directional stretch, making prints look nice and straight. An extra bonus is that satin fabric has a wow-factor type of color pop. And that just sounds fun!

So let’s talk about the Aspen Onyx, a relatively new SEG frame that only comes in black-coated aluminum (as opposed to the typical silver.) Here, to the right, is a picture of the two feet wide by eight feet tall graphic package. The Aspen Onyx extrusion (AKA each edge of the framework) is double-sided, meaning it has that SEG trough on both sides of the extrusion. This is a free-standing display, so we offer it double-sided only because it looks soooo much better with a graphic on each side. The Aspen Onyx is available in 12 sizes (2-5 feet wide and 6-8 feet tall), weighing between 27lbs and 49lbs, respectively.

Here is the Aspen Onyx, again two feet wide by eight feet tall, frame only. Those silver corner thingys are steel L-brackets. Each corner needs two - one on the front and and one on the back. With a 3mm allen key, you just tighten the screws, allowing the the extrusion corners to securely come together. Also, each tightened screw is pressurized by a thin, steel plate within the frame, preventing screws from going through frame. It’s just how it’s made. But it’s a very simple setup.

So then, we have the rectangular black steel base which allows this to be a free-standing display. (It’s actually the same steel base we use for the EZ Extends, by the way.) You can see there's a tiny hole on the left side, and there's one of the right side too. This is where you insert a bolt from underneath. Simply, find the matching holes in the underbelly of the frame and then tighten into place using the allen key. On the backside of the base, it has an oval hole that acts as a handle. This base alone weighs between 10-22lbs, depending on the width you buy, so the handle is really helpful whenever you have to carry it during setup.

Now that you know more about the Aspen Onyx, here are some new adaptations coming soon to purchase on www.sdsign.com. The frames and graphics are exactly the same - we are simply giving you more base options to choose.

Introducing the Aspen Onyx T-Leg! Here, to the left, is the 3 feet wide by 8 feet tall graphic package using the NEW T-Leg. The Aspen T-Leg will be available in 6 sizes (2-3 feet wide by 6-8 feet tall), weighing between 23 lbs and 29 lbs, respectively.

And here, to the right, is what the Aspen T-Leg frame only looks like. You may ask, “I already bought the Aspen Onyx, but I like the T-Leg better. Can I buy just the T-legs?” The answer is not really. Although we will accommodate your needs because we’re cool like that, the frame needs to be drilled in two spots on each side. Thus, we will be selling the frame with holes already existing and will perfectly line up with the holes on the Aspen T-Legs.

Here is a closer shot of what I mean about the holes. You can see there are two bolts per side. On the inside of the frame - which will be hidden by the SEG fabric graphic - you simply tighten by hand each bolt, using a wingnut.

Casters! Maybe you want to be able to roll your display around as you please. You don’t want to have to carry 29 lbs or whatever weight. It might be awkward for you, and that’s okay. That’s why we are offering upgradeable caster wheels for the Aspen T-Leg. Sold as a 4-pack, simply pull off each existing floor pad of the T-Leg and pop on the casters in their place. Voila! Now you’re “rollin’ with the homies”. (Yes, a “Clueless” reference.)

And here is a plain ol’ picture of the T-Leg by itself.

Lastly, we are going to offer the Aspen Onyx Square. To the right is a picture of the graphic package. Aspen Square will only be available in one size due to the size limit of the base. This base may look familiar to you as it is the same base (but only in black) as the Indoor Sign Display #2 Heavy Base.

Here is the frame only. With a base width of 22 inches, the Aspen Onyx frame dimensions will be a little less than 2 feet wide by about 6 feet tall to fit as shown. Again, there are two drilled holes on each side, needing bolts and wingnuts to secure. You may ask, “Are the frames for the T-Leg and Square interchangeable?” The answer is no because the drilled holes are in different spots in order to perfectly line up with the corresponding holes in the leg or the base.

For all these Aspen Onyx variations, all bolts, wingnuts and allen keys are included with every purchase of frame only or graphic packages. A bag is not included, however we can offer upgradeable options if a carry bag is desired. Please inquire. I hope this was informative. Have a great day!