Sign & Digital Graphics

November '19

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18 • November 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL sign drawing would require a customer sign-off. This is perfectly acceptable— and it won't affect the flow of the job provided this aspect is noted, discussed and planned for with the team during. In this way, expecting and plan- ning for customer approvals up front categorizes the step now as a non-negotiable part of the fabrication process for that sign. In summary, the process of planning your process really starts with a vote of trust on minor decisions (or not) from the customer, then an outline of the different departments which each play a role in the production of the sign. The Steps of the Process Overview Here is a breakdown of the average steps of the electric monument sign fabrication process. Your choice of order or importance may be slightly different, and you may have a few steps to add; however, addressing each of these is key to a successful sign project: • Customer approval of the agreement or contract and artwork • All documents, drawings, artwork and forms required by the city for permitting must be ready to present to the city when the deposit is received. • Permit must be in hand prior to starting fabrication. Period. • Materials prices are verified prior to ordering—did prices go up? Any adjustments needed? • Materials are ordered and verified based on existing levels of stock currently in inventory. • A meeting should occur between sales, fab and install to review the project, discuss the roles of the team members, identify potential conflicts and make decisions as to who is responsible for which aspect of the project. • Weekly meetings to review the prog- ress of the project. Inform customer of the progress, remind customer of any and all possible new or existing scenarios that real- istically could affect the install date, colors, look, etc. • Concrete needed is reserved, and spe- cial equipment for installation is ordered and confirmed for that installation date. • Materials are cut to shape, routed and prepared for assembly • Framework is assembled, along with saddles, sleeves, reveals and internal bracing. • Acrylic, aluminum and steel is prepared for assembly • Cabinet assembly takes place, per the requirements for transporting it to the install site We learned about using perfo- rated vinyl on push thru acrylic with this sign. About a week after we installed the monument, the vinyl started peeling off. We discovered a unique printed per- forated vinyl to use on push thru acrylic signs. The ink is printed in the perforated pattern, but it is a full sheet of adhesive vinyl instead of a perforated sheet. This vinyl is a little more expen- sive due to the layers of print to keep the colored areas opaque, but it can be laminated with UV laminate and it doesn't peel off. Images courtesy of Humble Sign Co.

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