Sign & Digital Graphics

June '19

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in the past 20 years is that there are more companies making this type of equipment now and the equipment has improved to the point where it can bend letters as small as 2.5 to 3 inches. The letters themselves are made from aluminum coil that is fed into the bend- ing machines and shaped into the letters of choice. Most of them are pre-painted before they are shaped, notched, flanged and bent. The coils come in different widths so that sign shops can make letters of almost any size. S D S Automation introduced a bending mechanism about 22 years ago on a machine that was for the die cutting and die making industry. It is that same bending technology that is on its Super ChannelBender machine today. "The time savings is enormous. For example, an 18-inch channel letter would take someone 45 minutes or more to form by hand. Our machine will do it in four minutes. It's a huge savings as far as labor and as far as our customers are concerned," says James Cross, vice presi- S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • June 2019 • 17 Using channel bending machines allows a shop to make all of their letters identical.

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