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what does the .oz in banner material actually mean?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by rushworks graphics, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. rushworks graphics

    rushworks graphics Very Active Member

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    had a client in and he asked me what the different numbers on banner materials meant. i explained to him the difference between a 10.oz and 13.oz etc, what its recommended uses were for etc etc etc. he then asked me what the .oz's actually meant.....got me stumped on that to be honest! i know its discribing the weight/thickness of the banner material etc but what does it actually mean? is it something to do with a thread count in so many sq2 or something??
     
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  2. GypsyGraphics

    GypsyGraphics Major Contributor

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    ummm... a unit of measure... ounce, as in weight
     
  3. rushworks graphics

    rushworks graphics Very Active Member

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    yeah but how do they work it out? how/what do they base that unit of measure on? for example on bed linen you have a thread count, so many threads per sq inch or whatever it is....
     
  4. Firefox

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    I don't know either, but it might be something like paper. Ever try to figure out how they get the different paper weights?

    It is something like 500 sheets of the paper in it's original parent size sheet.

    Maybe Banner is based on a per square yard weight or some specific dimension.
     
  5. rushworks graphics

    rushworks graphics Very Active Member

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    actually we(the customer and i) also had that same thinking re the paper.....
     
  6. Ron Helliar

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    It describes the typical PVC coating weight in one square yard of the described banner.
     
  7. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    I've always understood it to mean the weight of one square yard of the material. Obviously the higher the number, the thicker the material. Banner material, rip-stop nylon, Carhartt Brown Duck material...whatever....they all follow the same method of measurement.

    From Wikipedia:

    Fabric weight
    Ounces are also used to express the "weight", or more accurately density, of a textile fabric in North America, Asia or the UK, as in "16 oz denim". The number refers to the weight in ounces of a given amount of fabric, either a yard of a given width, or a square yard.[5][6]
     
  8. rushworks graphics

    rushworks graphics Very Active Member

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    ah...thanks guys...
     
  9. Dave Drane

    Dave Drane Very Active Member

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    OZ is a short name for Australians ie: Aussies = ozzies shortened to OZ. So it means the amount of ozzies that actually made the material!! jk..:ROFLMAO:
     
  10. Randy101

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    Hey Dave I like the way you are thinking!:notworthy:
     
  11. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    was gonna reply the same thing, as a guess... as a sq.ft doesn't sound right but a sq.yard seemed more likely.
     
  12. CheapVehicleWrap

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    It's actually carried over from when banners were made of hemp.
     
  13. dwt

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    Allegedly the word canvas was a mispronunciation of cannabis by the Dutch asking for textile fiber.

    It would sure be nice to compost old banners instead of filling of the dumpster.
     
  14. signage

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    I thought weed was weighted in grams:Big Laugh:Big Laugh
     
  15. dj_elite

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    ^depends how much you use I suppose!
     
  16. sardocs

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    In this part of BC it's commonly measured in acres.
     
  17. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    Damn that must be a lot of grams:omg2::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
  18. bob

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    Weight per square yard is correct.

    Moreover, this is just weight and nothing else. It says absolutely nothing about thickness, durability, or whatever. It just states how much 9 square feet happen to weigh.

    The only comparison you can make between, say, 10oz material and 13oz material based on weight is that the 13oz weighs more. You already knew that. Any other speculation as to relative sturdiness or anything else is meaningless.
     
  19. dj_elite

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    So company A may make a 10oz banner material that is better than company B's 13oz, but because the weight is heavier it leads us to believe the 13oz is better. So heavier is not necessarily better than correct?
     
  20. rushworks graphics

    rushworks graphics Very Active Member

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    some intersting facts...thanks guys! i can now inform my customer as he wanted to know....just one of those little things thats gets you thinking what it actually means!
     
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