Tactile Guidance Systems

Barrier free signs and guidance systems as door signs, handrail signs and floor guidelines

We take a closer look at accessibility in object signposting and orientation in public buildings for many years now. We want to create visual and tactile information for door signs, direction signs or site plans. Correctly prepared signs ensure equality of all users, doesn’t matter if they can see or have a visual impairment. In Austria, public buildings have to be equipped for the disabled since 2016. In the following years, this will be required in Germany too.

Barrier free signposting requires a detailed planning. Haptic elements as building layouts, tactile profile inscription and the braille inscription make it possible for people with visual impairment to orient themselves and find their way on their own without a problem. Floor guidelines, tactile general plans, tactile handrail signposting and signs with tactile inscription are the leaders of a barrier free object signposting.

The from the company SCHILDER Systeme GmbH developed print technology to produce haptic elements and lettering as tactile and braille inscription can be designed according to DIN 32986 and DIN 32976 as well as Ö-NORM 2015.

We created our very own special varnish which allows us to make tactile inscription touchable and therefor readable for people with visual impairment or blind people. Users and organisations of the blind confirm, the outstanding readability of the tactile plans and the touchability of the tactile door signs, the high-contrast pictograms, the inexpensive tactile retrofitting film and the innovative sign systems.

To create guidance systems for the blind with an attractive design and high quality will also be our challenge in the future. Here we are pleased to present: tactile signs and tactile stickers for device inscription, tactile films to retrofit, tactile handrail films, tactile aluminium handrail signs and tactile plastic handrail signs, tactile self-adhesive handrail films in afterglow film, tactile floor plan with touchable object outlines, tactile pictograms, haptic and contrasty floor guideline systems made out of stainless steel and plastic floor guidance systems for a barrier free orientation in public objects.


Here you can find detailed information about the data transfer for site plans.

Tactile handrail signs made of aluminium

Made of age-resistant aluminium according to your needs. Flat or shaped according to the respective handrail diameter with tactile and braille labelling for orientation with complete accessibility. As an alternative to stainless steel we also offer handrail signage made from aluminium, in stainless steel look. Tactile text should have a text height of minimum 13-15mm and a palpable height of 1,2mm.
Mounting is achieved with an industrial adhesive.  

Tactile signage

Numerous signs give us information in our daily routine. For normally sighted people, signs help in their day to day activities, such as parking or how to buy a public transport ticket.

The visually impaired also need direction, description in form of a raised tactile and braille text. The text must be brief and precise. The tactile text should be at least 10mm high and possess a high contrast against the background.

Tactile retrofitting - stickers

Transparent foils are mainly used for retrofitting of tactile labelling. Braille or tactile text can be printed in all colours. It is important to know in advance, onto which base colour the adhesive foil will be installed. It is also possible to apply braille in a transparent manner, it is hardly noticeable for someone who is not visually impaired.

Tactile self-adhesive handrail foils

Handrail insciption made of aluminium, stainless steel or plastic can be very expensive. We offer handrail inscription with all conceivable self-adhesive films (coloured, transparent or with an after glow). The barrier free inscription with tactile and self-adhesive film is the most cost-effecttive option on the market. The braille or tactile inscription (character hight 25 mm) is in black, white or coloured printable.

The handrail inscription should achieve a high contrast making it easier for the visually impaired to perceive.(e.g. dark and light)

Installation should be carried out by a specialist, to avoid blistering/wrinkling or dirt being trapped under the film.

Tactile Pictograms

A decisive factor in tactile pictograms is that the outline of symbols such as ladies and gentlemen can be clearly distinguished and recognised. For this, it is necessary that the symbols have a clear difference in the outline. They should not be less than 75mm in size and should contrast with the base material.

Tactile labelled door signs

Tactile labeled door signs or signposts in public buildings, enable the visually impaired to find the desired contact person quickly. These door signs are only part of the system for way finding for the visually impaired. SCHILDER System GmbH offers a lot of directional systems with tactile labelling. Many labelling systems can be produced with a braille and a raised tactile text. The most handy tactile door sign is FORMO, it is flat with flush and well secured inserts made of anti-glare acrylic glass or on tactile printed composite panels. This door sign has a replaceable text panel (composite material with a fire classification of B1), are tactilely labelled and can be changed out if necessary. The panels are available in either white or brushed aluminium.

SCHILDER Systeme GmbH is a producer of over 20 door sign systems, each equipped with its own special requirements. For tactile labelled door signs, particular attention is paid to the fact that the text feeders are well secured and the raised tactile and braille text is easily palpable and easy to maintain. If you don’t need a text feeders, the FORMO F01 system is the best solution. This door sign has a replaceable text panel (composite material with a fire classification of B1), that is tactilely labelled and can be exchanged if necessary. The panels are available in either white or brush aluminium.