Appendix B
Traffic Sign Retroreflective Sheeting Identification Guide

2011 Traffic Sign Retroreflective Sheeting Identification Guide

This document is intended to help identify sign sheeting materials for rigid signs and their common specification designations. It is not a qualified product list. FHWA does not endorse or approve sign sheeting materials. Many other sheeting materials not listed here are available for delineation
Retroreflective Sheeting Materials Made with GlassBeads
Example of Sheeting (Shown to scale)
D4956-04 I II II III III III III III
D4956-09 I II II III III III III III
M268-10 (1) (1) (1) A A A A A
Manufacturer Several companies Avery Dennison Nippon Carbide 3M ATSM , Inc. Avery Dennison Nippon Carbide Oracal
Brand Name Engineer Grade SuperEngr Grade SuperEngr Grade High Intensity High Intensity High Intensity High Intensity High Intensity
Series Several T- 2000 15000 2800 3800 ATSM HI T- 5500 N500 5800
NOTES: (2) (3) (4) (4) (3) (4) (4) (4) (4) (4)
  (1) - Sheeting material does not meet minimum AASHTO classification criteria.
(2) - Glass Bead Engineer Grade sheeting is uniform without any patterns or identifying marks. Section 2A.0 8 of the 2009 MUTCD (http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov) does not allow this sheeting type to be used for new yellow or orange signs, or new legends on green signs.
(3) - Material no longer sold in the United States as of the date of this publication.
(4) - Section 2A. 08 of the 2009 MUTCD (http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov) does not allow this sheeting type to be used for new legends on green overhead signs.
Manufacturer Contact Information
3M™ - http://www.3M.com/tss TSM, Inc. - http://www.atsminc.com
Avery Dennison - http://www.reflectives.averydennison.com Nippon Carbide - http://www.nikkalite.com
Oracal - http://www.oracal.com Reflexite - http://www.reflexite.com

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2011 Traffic Sign Retroreflectie Sheeting Identification Guide

This document is intended to help identify sign sheeting materials for rigid signs and their commonspecificationdesignations.It is not a qualified product list.FHWA does not endorse or a pprove sign sheeting materials. Many ot her sheeting materials not listed here are available for delineation
Retroreflective Sheeting Materials Made with Prisms
Example of Sheeting (Shown to scale)
ASTM D4956-04 (5) III,IV III,IV,X (5) (5)/X (5) VIII VII,VIII,X
ASTM D4956-09 I III,IV III,IV IV IV/VIII VIII VIII VIII
AASHTO M268-10 (6) B B B B B B (9)
Manufacturer 3M™ Avery Dennison® 3M™ Reflexite® Nippon Carbide 3M™ Avery Dennison® 3M™
Brand Name Engr Grade Prismatic High Intensity Prismatic High Intensity Prismatic High Intensity Prismatic Crystal Grade Reflective Sheeting MYP Pismatic Diamond Grade™ LDP
Series 3430 T-6500 3930 IC400 94000
/92000
3940 T-7500 3970
NOTES: (7)       (8)     (10)
Example of Sheeting (Shown to scale) NOTE: The watermarks have been enhanced in this ID guide. They are shown to scale but are not as visible on actual sheeting materials. It helps to view sheeting materials at different angl1s to see the watermarks.The spacing of the watermarks varies and therefore watermarks may not be present on a small pieces of sheeting.
ASTM D4956-04 IX IX (5) (5) (5)
ASTM D4956-09 IX IX IX XI XI
AASHTO M268-10 B B B D B
Manufacturer 3M Avery Dennison® Nippon Carbide 3M Avery Dennision®
Brand Name Diamond Grade™ VIP Omniview™ Crystal Grade Diamond Grade OmniCube™
Series 3990 T-9500 95000 4000 T-11500
NOTES:          
  (5) - Material was either unavailable in 2005 (previous version of this Guide) or unassigned in the 2004 version of ASTM D4956.
(6) - Sheeting material does not meet minimum AASHTO classification criteria.
(7) - Section 2A.08 of the 2009 MUTCD (http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov) does not allow this sheeting type to be used for new yellow or orange signs, or new legends on green signs.
(8) - These two materials (94000 and 92000) are visually indistinguishable from one another.
(9) - Material has been discontinued prior to AASHTO M268-10.
(10) - Material no longer sold in the United States as of the date of this publication.
Resources
Federal Highway Administration - http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/retro
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) - http://mutch.fhwa.dot.gov
ASTM - htp://www.astm.org AASHTO - http://www.transportation.org
Texas Transportation Institute - http://tti.tamu.edu/visibility