FAQs

Here's a short list of questions most frequently asked by our customers.

If we’ve missed your question, visit the Ask a Question section. We’ll research your query and get back to you promptly.

  • ARTWORK: Can Datalizer provide graphic design for my slide chart?

    Yes, we can supply the graphics for your custom chart as part of our complete service.
    To guide us, we request that you send literature samples or web addresses showing us the "look" you want us to follow.

  • ARTWORK: Can I supply my own artwork?

    Yes you can.
    We strongly recommend that we design the technical layout or function. When we design the function, we insure the calculator will work properly and be economical to produce.
    To assist you with graphics, we can provide an electronic template showing the size, window locations, etc. Most artists say the electronic template is a real time-saver.

  • ARTWORK: At what resolution do I save my images?

    Resolution should be set to 300 dpi.
    Pictures and graphics pulled from the internet are often low resolution, typically 72 dpi or 96 dpi. Avoid these graphics, as they will appear jagged and blocky when printed.
    Also note that you should save all photos in CMYK mode, not RGB mode when possible. Images saved in RGB mode may not print properly. If you are unable to save your image in CYMK mode, please let us know.

  • COPYRIGHT: Can I copyright my slide chart?

    Your best resources for this question are your company's legal department and the U.S. Copyright Office. Click here to download a document from the U. S. Copyright Office regarding slide chart copyrighting.

  • COST: How much does a slide chart or data wheel cost?

    The most commonly asked question is, "How much does a slide chart or data wheel cost?" It is difficult to provide meaningful price estimates since we produce custom items. Price is based on quantity, size, style, materials, colors and complexity. One slide chart can cost 50% or even 100% more than another item.
    However, we offer free estimates and samples. Once we know more about your project, we can provide a reliable quote.

  • COST: How do I go about getting an estimate from you?

    Well, since you are here, just click on Free Estimates & Samples. Fill in your information and sent it to us. We'll get back to you promptly.
    You can also give us a call at 630-543-6000 and we'll help you determine what information to provide.

  • PLASTIC: Can you make plastic slide charts?

    We excel at the production of plastic slide charts, data wheels, templates and fan packs.

    For more details, click here to download an article about our process.

  • PRODUCTION: Is black considered a printing color?

    Yes, black is considered a color.

  • PRODUCTION: Is white considered a printing color?

    Not typically. White is the default color of the paperboard and is simply recognized as the absence of any ink.

  • PRODUCTION: Where are your products manufactured?

    Our specialized production facility is in Addison, Illinois, about 20 miles west of Chicago and a short distance from O'Hare Airport.
    Product design, development and manufacturing are all located in our building.

  • PRODUCTION TIME: What is the "typical" time line for design and production of a custom project?

    Some jobs can be produced in several days and some take several weeks.
    A "typical" rough time line, depending on the size and complexity of the project, would be:
    -Design/layout: 2 to 4 working days
    -Artwork: 2 to 4 working days
    -Production: 3 to 4 weeks.
    In addition, you need to allow time for approvals.
    If these estimated times present a problem, please call. We will do whatever we can to meet your needs.

  • PRODUCTS / CUSTOM: Can a slide chart be designed for my specific need?

    We can almost guarantee a slide chart solution for your unique application. Just send us your information through our Free Consult and Solution page. We'll review it - at no cost - and get back to you with a recommended solution.

  • PRODUCTS / SEMI-CUSTOM: What is a semi-custom slide chart?

    Certain slide and wheel charts have become standards in their industry and are frequently requested by many companies.
    We have an extensive line of these popular slide rule style and circle style calculators that can be customized and produced at a significant savings. Learn more in our Semi-Custom section.

  • PRODUCTS / STOCK: Do you have stock items to which I can add my imprint?

    We have several slide and wheel style charts available for imprint in quantities as low as 500 pieces.
    4" Plastic Date Calculators
    6" Board Date Calculators
    BAC-Drink/Drive Calculators
    We also have an extensive inventory of semi-custom data wheel and slide charts. Pre-designed charts allow you greater personalization options and are custom manufactured in the color and quantity of your choice.
    Learn more in our Stock Slide and Wheel Charts section.

  • PROOF MODEL: What is a "proof model"?

    A proof model is a complete, hand-made model intended to look as close as possible to the printed calculator.
    It is provided so you can "proof" all aspects of the chart making sure that everything is presented according to your requirements before we begin production.

  • PROOF MODEL: Why do you need to make a model from my template?

    It may seem like a proof model wouldn't be needed in this case, but it really is.
    If we have generated the "function" design and you provide the graphic design, we will merge the files together to make sure the information fits properly.
    If you have supplied the entire project, we will add the appropriate production guides, then make a proof model to verify position and alignment.
    In every case, output devices process digital information using a variety of processing languages, and a model allows for careful inspection and proofing of the project to catch any errors caused by "technology".

  • PROTOTYPE: What is a free prototype?

    The free prototype is a working layout showing how your information would be presented on a slide chart, data wheel or slide rule style calculator. To request a free prototype, use our Free Consult and Solution form.

  • PROTOTYPE: How do I get a free prototype?

    Gather your information, formulas, copy, logos, etc... and send it to us. We'll consult with you about the project. Once we have a thorough understanding of your goals, we'll prepare a prototype (working layout) for your review.
    The prototype will clearly show how a slide chart or data wheel can present the information you provided. A price quote will accompany this working layout.

  • QUANTITY: What is the smallest quantity you will produce?

    Each order is custom manufactured. We can print as few as you want, but because of the production costs involved, we recommend a 1000 piece minimum.

  • QUANTITY: Do you sell individual dial charts or slide charts?

    No, but many of our customer's do. Click Shop Online to access links to Slide Chart Stores Online.