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November '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • November 2019 • 55 Elements of Installation The installation of channel letters to raceways is a process that involves several factors including depth, size and electrical capabilities. Suppliers and sign shops should have synergy as they determine the best options for end users. "Gemini works with the specifier to determine the ideal location of mounting hardware, electrical connections, and even the position of the UL labels to optimize the final appear- ance of the sign installation," shares Wayne Meyer, product manager, Gemini, Inc. "Determining the desired end result at the beginning of the project helps keep everything seamless." From the sign shop perspective, that means anticipating any changes that a customer may want to make to the sign in the future and planning for the most successful project possible. "We suggest that each letter that is similar and has the exact same hole pattern," states Brazzell, for example the letter "A" in one size could interchange with any other letter "A" of the same size. "When the letters are attached to the raceway, confusion is minimized." "Once we finalized the art file for our letter backs," he con- tinues, "we add our screw holes and electrical pass-through holes in to the program file so that the holes are saved in case a letter might need to be replaced down the road, the holes will match. The letter backs are cut on the CNC router." Regarding the actual specs of a project, there are some guidelines in how to determine depth, size, color and other elements of a raceway—and the channel letters that are used with it. This may have a significant impact on the installation process. Here is a diagram of the raceway mounting process according to Howard Industries. Aluminum raceways are lightweight; easy to handle and ship. Photo courtesy of Gemini. Image courtesy of SignMonkey.com. Photo courtesy of BRAZZ Specialties, Inc. Brazz Specialties uses an extruded raceway by SignComp. This image shows specs for a raceway installation. Courtesy of Brazz Specialties. Image courtesy of SignMonkey.com.

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