Sign & Digital Graphics

May '19

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ELECTRIC SIGNAGE When everything comes together, and is implemented precisely, the customer can plan on his or her new chan- nel letter sign to be set in place for a very long time. SDG: From design to install, on average, how long does a channel letter project take? Cronin: Depending on the size of the job, it can be done between three days to four weeks. If a new customer places an order and needs it fast, we do it! The time of year is also a factor, we are usually busier from April until November, so lead times could be longer. But it just depends. Flaska: Gemini is not on the design side, but our production time on LED lit letters is typically two to three weeks after final art approval plus shipping time. SDG: Is there any sort of specific timeline that you follow? Lewis: Five to eight days production time; one to three days anywhere in the 48 states for shipping. Then inspect the sign and install the sign. If you are organized, you can order and install a custom set of channel letters within two weeks now. SDG: What is the process of getting designs to the whole- saler so they can accurately produce the cans? Cronin: The customer creates the layout and emails a vector file to us. This file is used to produce the sign. Lewis: Vectorized PDF artwork with sizes, sign type and colors is all that you need to provide to make your channel letters happen. 18 • May 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Sign makers can get creative with the design to offer a pro- fessional sign to customers. (Image courtesy of Direct Sign Wholesale) LEDs provide a reliable and efficient lighting source to channel letter signs. (Image courtesy of Sign America, Inc.) Trimless channel letters are becoming more and more popular.

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