The Clip Frame: A Close Look at Materials, Technology, and Use
is a clip frame? It may seem like a simple question, but many people
don't know what a clip frame is, or how one works. Many companies boast,
"A clip frame is the best innovation in poster signage," but never explain
why. There are many materials and technologies that go into the making
this style of picture frame. This clip frame, sometimes called poster
gripper, warrants a close study. The following is a detailed description
of the construction and proper way to use a snap frame.
Almost every clip frame starts out in the same way: in pieces. There
is a backing, four frame profiles, flat springs, and a lens. The back
can be fabricated from a variety of substances, but is commonly crafted
from plastic. Plastic allows the poster frame more versatility in
placement. The snap frame can mount to the wall or stand on a table
with a display foot. When it comes to the four frames there is more
uniformity. Companies generally manufacture a clip frame with either
a plastic or a lightweight metal. Some distributors sell wooden frame
selections, but they haven't been as well received by the mainstream.
Displays2Go.com carries clip frame systems in extruded aluminum. You
can choose between black and silver anodized finishes. Both styles
of poster gripper feature a matte finish and slim design. The profiles
can meet at a plastic corner or rounded edge on the backing. Connecting
the profiles to the backing are flat springs. These attachments are
integral in the picture frame technology that makes a poster gripper
grip. In the next section, the focus will be on how the springs function
in the clip frame, but it is important to note that these pieces should
be metal. This metal technology makes for a more durable and secure
poster gripper. The last part of the snap frame is the non-glare lens.
Essential in creating advertisements that are visible to the public,
plastic and glass are the two most common choices for a lens. Plastic
lenses have become the preferred choice when it comes to poster grippers.
This type of snap frame lens prevents glare from affecting the visibility
of customers. Once the lens is applied to the frame, there is a fully
functional display ready to be shipped to your door.
What makes a picture frame "snap"? That's the key to snap frame
technology. This poster gripper line implements eight springs (three
on the long profiles and two on the short) that work as hinges for
opening and shutting the frame. Although all four profiles are connected
to the plastic backing, the springs produce the snap and grips the
poster in place. Without the flat metal springs, every snap frame
would simply flop and open without warning. The revolutionary poster
gripper design relies heavily on these springs, which why it is important
to get metal ones. Displays2go.com only carries picture frame models
with metal hinges. Snap frame systems are ubiquitous. This photo frame
technology works well in all of the wall mounting and floor standing
displays offered on our website.
How It Works: Like with any other product, you want to be able
to use it right away. Although a poster frame is very simple to operate,
this line saves you even more time loading messages. You would be
surprised at how easy it is to adjust to a poster gripper frame. A
snap frame is a front loading display, so you can adjust or change
your posters without taking it off the wall. First open up each frame
profile one at a time. It may be most convenient to start at the top
of your poster gripper, but it is not necessary to begin there. Once
the entire photo frame is open, remove the lens from the snap frame.
Then, load your desired poster into the poster frame. After you have
formatted your announcement, poster, or photo in the exact position
you want, simply close each poster gripper profile. It's as easy as
that! Practice a little with the snap frame until you are comfortable.
Retail stores, banks, advertising companies, schools, restaurants,
and trade shows love these poster frame systems because they make
for quick sign changes. You will be satisfied with your snap frame!