Display multiple messages using Prism technology
Prism signs are an effective way to display multiple messages. Using rotating planks of aluminium to display up to four different messages, these can be designed to suit any requirements for urban or interurban applications such as warning of diversion routes or road closures, semi-permanent pedestrian zones or where pre-set messages are needed to alternate.
The product range offers solutions with internally illuminated prisms of 100mm or 200mm sections within a ‘closed’ enclosure behind a polycarbonate screen or ‘open’ prisms and can be presented vertically or horizontally depending on the application. The corrosion free aluminium sign enclosures are protected up to IP54 and can be co-ordinated to your colour requirements.
Due to their extremely low power consumption, prism signs are also ideally suited for solar power supply: energy is almost only required during message rotation.
These robust signs are built to withstand adverse weather conditions and require little maintenance, which makes them ideal for use in remote locations.
A special feature of SWARCO’s prism signs is the sinusoidal drive which controls the message changes: starting with a high momentum, increasing speed during the process, and slowing down at the end of the motion phase, ensuring exact prism alignment. The drive then locks the prisms to protect them from external influences such as high winds. As well as optional temperature-controlled de-icing cycles the sinusoidal drive process considerably helps reduce mechanical wear and tear and maximizes the sign’s life span. The signs also feature a local override in the event of a power failure or for maintenance purposes.
Alternatively, for smaller variable surfaces, linear drives are used. Here, the prisms are driven by means of a wear-free worm gear, directly on the prism.
Made with precision
Key benefits of using SWARCO's Prism Technology;
- Variety of sizes to suit your needs
- Precise prism alignment displaying a clear message
- Locks in place to protect from extreme weather conditions
- Sinusoidal drive feature maximizes sign life
- Optional temperature controlled de-icing cycle
- Low power consumption, solar is a reliable option
- Corrosion free components and built to withstand adverse weather conditions
- Able to change entire sign messages or can be used for smaller panels for complete flexible messaging
- Local control override for maintenance and displaying message in the event of a power failure
- TR2095 Compliant and compatible with UTMC
- Can also be fully remotely monitored using MyCity, ensuring signs in remote locations are always in optimum condition
Depending on the design, the sign housing consists of an aluminium-lined frame or a surrounding aluminium tray. Large-area service doors allow easy access to all service-relevant parts.
Static sign section:
The static sections of the variable message sign are realized in DAMBACH Alform technology, ensuring the visual impression for the driver is identical with that of a static signpost.
As with static traffic signs, the messages are made of reflective foils with the reflection classes RA1, RA2, RA3A, and RA3B.
Commands and feedback via switching contacts
RS 485 serial protocol
Without controller (end switch and motor wired to terminals)
Motor protection and timing element
Anti-Frost Control :
If equipped with proven SWARCO controllers and temperature sensors, a de-icing procedure is possible: for temperatures below 2°C, prisms are rotated by about 10° in a forward and reverse direction at a programmable time interval (normally, every 60 minutes). This prevents prism bearing freezing and the formation of continuous ice layers on the prism surfaces.