• Signs & Labels for manufacturers

    We are engineers & manufacturers and we specialise in making signs and labels for other manufacturers.

  • 4 ways we make things better for manufacturers

    1

    Consolidate Supply

    Are labels a small but critical part of your BOM?

     

    Consolidate your signs, stickers, labels and industrial engraving with us, freeing you up to focus on bigger fish.

    2

    Buy Flexibly

    We use our Lean, on demand set-up to offer you flexibility in how you buy.

     

    Would it be helpful to order in singles, but still get volume pricing?

     

    Move to consolidated label sets?

     

    If you want to change how you buy, we will work with you to find a way that works.

    3

    Reduce Lead-times

    Our setup means we can typically reduce your current label lead-times from months to weeks and from weeks to days.

     

    Cutting lead times often means reduced stock holding & less obsolescence if specs change.

     

    Shorten your critical path, move to Just in Time or just solve that emergency.

     

     

    4

    Talk to Manufacturers

    Created and owned by engineers, we stand apart from the graphic designer who owns a sign franchise.

     

    We understand manufacturing processes, specifications, materials and drawings in a way that is often a welcome relief for new customers.

  • Credentials

    5* Trustpilot

    We "eat our own dogfood", manufacturing 25K signs a month, 100% on demand and selling through our direct retail safety sign business. We design and make so fast it feels like we are picking the signs of the shelf & our customers consistently rate our service as 5 out of 5 stars.

    Chartered Engineers

    Not everyone at Viking Signs is an engineer, but our MD and Chairman are and they have put robust engineering principles at the heart of everything that we do.

    MakeUK Member

    As an active member of MakeUK, the manufacturers' organisation - we do our bit to support the UK manufacturing industry and its vast contribution to the wider economy.

    ISO 9001

    Quality Standards help to build trust, but we also appreciate the discipline of going through external accreditation to stress test our processes and to show we are actually doing what we say we do.

    Made In Britain

    We are proud to make all our products in the UK, sure we bring in raw materials, but all the processing is done here. As much as we love real ale and sausage rolls, our pride really comes from the power of distributed, lean, on demand manufacturing. Making locally means supply chains are more secure, transport CO2 is dramatically reduced and Just In Time becomes much more feasible.

  • Our processes

    Some of the processes that we offer

    Laser Engraving

    ​High precision, abrasion resistance labelling

    Laser engraving allows for precise and detailed engraving. Engraving onto a two colour laminate means that you can create bold, easy to read graphics, with variable data like serial numbers; 2D barcodes, data matrix or QR codes. The laser laminate finished product is highly resistant to abrasion or UV damage - create the same thing on 316 marine grade stainless steel and it's practically indestructible. If you are currently using Traffolyte or another mechanically engraved substrate then please talk to one of our team about the performance, clarity and pricing benefits that might come from switching to laser engraved labels.

    Control Panel Printing

    Full colour, flexible control panels

    Control panels or switch panels are often produced by attaching engraved labels to a powder coated steel backplate. We can make control panels this way but we also offer a number of unique alternatives. One of the most cost effective, flexible and powerful ways of labelling control panels is to print them directly onto a routed Aluminium Composite panel.

     

    This solutions allows for more detailed information, including EN7010 warning symbols, full colour logos or photographic / illustrated mimic images. You can keep your marketing department happy, whilst improving the safety & usability of your machine and also potentially reduce costs.

     

    Our Manufacturing On Demand set up means that we can customise these labels for you on the fly, making each panel unique or changed every batch. If you need similar flexibility with colour and print, but even need better abrasion or chemical resistance then take a look our Aluminium Ano-Printing.

    Digital CNC Cutting

    Fast & accurate cutting and finishing processes

    Our digital CNC cutting & routing is at the heart of much of what we make. We use this to take sheets of printed vinyl and turn them into kiss-cut label sets. We also use this highly accurate process for routing printed aluminium composite control panels and individual label shapes.

     

    We can use it to mechanically engrave larger than usual labels in any shape. It's fully integrated with our print systems using optical registration. With our software, soft tooling is created on the fly so material usage is maximised and waste reduced to a minimum.

     

    All this allows us to remain highly responsive and competitive; and is better for the environment. We also use it for making giant, slot together Christmas trees so if you happen to need one of those, please let us know!

    Ano-Printed Aluminium

    Full colour, highly abrasion and chemical resistant (& very pretty)

    Anodised Aluminium Printing works by taking aluminium that has been only partially anodised and depositing ink into the open pores of the material. The anodising process is then completed leaving the printed ink sealed beneath the anodised surface. It is as close as you are going to get to a metal tattoo without getting "Megadeath" permanently inked on your forehead.

     

    This process is not cheap, but it does offer an incredibly robust full colour printing. If you need full colour for machine branding or to convey better usage or safety information, then a simple printed solution might work, but if you also need this to work in a harsh environment where your labels or panels will resist abrasion, aggressive chemicals and heat then ano-printing may be the ideal solution.

     

    This is also a really beautiful finish. Like a good firework, our clients pretty much always go "oooooh" when we hand them a sample of this for the first time. This is a great process for when our customers want a head-turning premium finish.

    Dye-Sublimation

    Full colour, abrasion and chemical resistant

    Dye-Sublimation works by printing onto a carrier substrate, this is then heat fused onto a thin metallic sticker. This is then bonded directly onto a machine or onto a control panel. This offers a more cost effective way of producing premium labelling that is more resistant to abrasion and chemical damage, but without the cost of ano-printing. We used to outsource this process, but realising that this was very valuable to our clients we acquired a company that specialised in this service so that we could bring it in house.

    Label or Sticker Print & Cut

    From 10mm square to A0 on a range of materials

    Our print and cut system allows us to produce a wide range of stickers and labels, from consolidated sets of thousands of earth labels, to one off printed stickers.

    Label Set Consolidation

    Poke Yoke quality control & simpler re-ordering

    For a number of our customers we have consolidated the stickers they provide for their machines onto single label sheets. As well as supply chain simplification, this has a number of advantages. The sheets are set up as a single part number in our systems reducing re-ordering from a 40 line PO to a single line. It also makes management before the production line simpler, with a single part needing to be stored and prepared for production. Finally the label sheet itself offers a "Poke Yoke" or "Mistake Proofing" solution for application, if the sticker is still on the sheet at the end of the production run, then you can know for certain that a label has been missed from a machine. This helps stop a production line being stopped at the end of the process, or a machine (or a whole batch) being rejected by your customer. We love this sort of solution, not only does it play to our strengths, but it makes things better for our customers by reducing costs, simplifying their ordering process and helping make their lives easier. If you have a problem like this that we might be able to help with then please do let us know.

  • The Viking Approach

    How we work

    Designing & Drawing

    We are happy to work from your engineering drawings. This is often where we start with new clients. Very often our manufacturers start involving us earlier in the design process so we can make recommendations based on new materials and processes.

    Prototyping

    We prototype using the same materials and processes that we use for full scale manufacturing. This means that we can produce items with a volume of one in an affordable way and if you want to scale then the final product will match the prototype with none of the variation that comes from changing processes for mass manufacture. If you are growing your business it means we can help you at the start, producing ones and twos and grow with you so that you don't have to shift suppliers when you are focusing on growing.

    Production

     

     

    We use a wide range of quality processes, particularly Poke Yoke (making things mistake proof) to make sure that you get what you want when you need it. If you have an urgent requirement we will work with you to provide express production and shipping (sometimes as fast as same day).

  • Case Studies

    Some projects we have worked on

    Hopefully your Sheffield Steel, Wedgewood China or Dartington Crystal ball is ready and working and it’s told you how to prepare for whatever kind of Brexit is coming?   No? Well it’s probably the same story for practically every business in the UK at the moment!   As the Brexit bus continues to...
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    The problem: How to produce a hard wearing, branded facia panel quickly, efficiently and consistently for rapidly growing marine technology solutions provider, Digital Yacht? The solution: Talk to CTO, Paul Sumpner to make sure we understand exactly what's required, on the day his enquiry...
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    Google conducted a massive research project to figure out what made their best performing teams tick in the end it was research in the manufacturing industry from 1999 that gave them the answers they were looking for. The Team Management problem at Google   In your average company a lot of...
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    Serial numbers are often created and issued at the last minute and some times variable machine data is only available at the end of the production line. In the past this has been managed with stamped metal labels or engraving with a Dremmel. While these solutions work, they rely on the person...
    Read more...
    2019年4月24日 · Sticker Sets
    When we talk to our regular customers, one of the things they value most is our ability to manufacture in variable quantity production runs. Companies that were ordering in batches of 1000s find that working with us they can get good value placing orders for 20s, 10s or even single units. We also...
    Read more...
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  • How we work

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

    Hopefully your Sheffield Steel, Wedgewood China or Dartington Crystal ball is ready and working and it’s told you how to prepare for whatever kind of Brexit is coming?   No? Well it’s probably the same story for practically every business in the UK at the moment!   As the Brexit bus continues to...
    The problem: How to produce a hard wearing, branded facia panel quickly, efficiently and consistently for rapidly growing marine technology solutions provider, Digital Yacht? The solution: Talk to CTO, Paul Sumpner to make sure we understand exactly what's required, on the day his enquiry...
    Google conducted a massive research project to figure out what made their best performing teams tick in the end it was research in the manufacturing industry from 1999 that gave them the answers they were looking for. The Team Management problem at Google   In your average company a lot of...
    Serial numbers are often created and issued at the last minute and some times variable machine data is only available at the end of the production line. In the past this has been managed with stamped metal labels or engraving with a Dremmel. While these solutions work, they rely on the person...
    2019年4月24日 · Sticker Sets
    When we talk to our regular customers, one of the things they value most is our ability to manufacture in variable quantity production runs. Companies that were ordering in batches of 1000s find that working with us they can get good value placing orders for 20s, 10s or even single units. We also...
    More Posts
  • About Viking Signs

    Our two Missions - make things better & help people grow.

    Mission #1 Make things better: To use and promote manufacturing on demand in the UK.

    We believe it is:

      • More environmentally friendly (produce only what you need - rather than creating 'waste' stock that sits in warehouses or stores).
      • More efficient (only stock a few raw materials to make many things).
      • More local (distributed production hubs) reducing transport waste. 
      • Less likely to drive unnecessary consumerism (order exactly what you need rather than what has been marketed at you to shift waste stock).
      • More future-proof.
      • More shock-proof.
      • More creative.
      • More fun.
      • Really, really fast. 

      Mission #2 Help people grow: We are deliberately building a company where we want our kids to work, not because of what they would gain, but because of who they would get to become.

       

      We are building a company that helps anyone who joins our team to:

      • Understand how to use technology to make the world better and how to put systems and people together to create results.
      • Achieve great things together they couldn't have done on their own.
      • Become experts in building team environments where people feel safe, trusted & respected (Psychological Safety).
      • Learn how to manage others so that they feel autonomous, so that their team feel like they get to be their best-selves at work (Autonomy Supportive Management Style).
      • Develop resilience (physically, emotionally, tactically). 
      • Develop Emotional Intelligence.
      • Learn to identify and leverage strengths in themselves and others.
      • Build an appetite to explore the world and to engage in it.
    • Ask us a question

      Viking Signs Ltd, Dysart Road, Grantham, NG31 7LE
      +44 (0)1476 957980
    • Who are we?

      Commonly asked questions.

      Who are you?

      We are a team of 20. Our Chairman was Manufacturing Director for a number of PCB manufacturing firms before starting Viking Signs.

       

      Our MD is an ex. Ford / Visteon design team leader and Chartered Engineer.

       

      We have populated the rest of our team with people who care. Who want above all to get things right for our customers and who thrive on the challenge of making something new.

      Where is your factory?

      We are based in Grantham, 2 hours north of London. A base that gives us low costs with good transport links.

       

      We eat our own dog food and use our manufacturing On Demand processes to make and sell over 20K safety signs every month through our e-commerce site www.safetysignsupplies.co.uk

      What should you do next?

      Give us a call and we can talk about how we can help you with consolidation, product development or reducing your lead times for signs and labels.

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