Sign & Digital Graphics

November '19

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56 • November 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ELECTRIC SIGNAGE Depth "The depth of the raceway is limited to what you can fit your hand into," starts Tony Wheeler, President of "Our standard depth is five inches; this gives the builder enough room to get his hands inside to make connections. It also is large enough for technicians to make future repairs in the field." The raceway depth is also important when speaking to the electrical components that fit inside the raceway. Wiring is pro- tected by the raceway from any severe external conditions like heat or moisture. And end users need to be certain a storm, for example, will not compromise the quality of the sign. "The protrusion distance (of our raceways) is four inches, which you will see in our literature," says Jeffrey Stewart, vice president of sales, Howard Industries. According to the Howard Industries site, the four-inch extruded raceway includes "an inte- gral mounting flange, integral transformer heat sink and mount- ing platform, and a water-resistant hingeable cover that allows easy access to internal components." Very closely related to the depth of a raceway is the size, which will impact the accuracy and effectiveness of the total sign. Size "Making consistent size raceways and putting your power in the same location each time will help the installers to figure out where to drill the mounting holes," says Wheeler. "We build our raceways in no longer than 10-foot sections. This makes handling and installation easier." For extra-long raceways, the job can present some chal- lenges. However, there are methods to simplify the process, so sign makers aren't struggling through the install stage. "(We) size continuous lengths up to 20 feet, then we butt splice as additional length is required," explains Stewart. Warren Sciortino, owner of LetterFab LLC emphasizes that long lengths of raceway can be sized to fit the project. "They are cut to the size needed," he says, adding that raceway is available in 24-foot lengths. He continues, "The length of the raceway will depend on the length of the letters. On the standard raceway, they come with a sliding bracket top and bottom. This will make the install easy. We also build custom raceways any size the customer wants." Another consideration with size is how the materials are being shipped to site. "Shipping a 10-foot long raceway section is easier to crate and much less likely to get damaged," Wheeler states. "Our raceways are always 10 feet or shorter-length sections." Color With raceways, color selection can be an option if desired. In some circumstances, end users will want to "hide" the race- way's presence behind the letters. "The sign company will provide the color of the painted custom finish to match the color of the wall it will go on when they order the sign," Sciortino says. With any project, color matching is a big deal in the sign industry. For raceways, these structures are being installed against several different backdrops—brick, cement, wood— and should have a fluid appearance within the environment by matching that backdrop. Photo courtesy of Howard Industries. This sign's raceway, in a unique hanging fashion, blends in well with the rustic metal hardware adjoining the beams. Photo cour- tesy of Gemini. Raceways should be colored to match their background and appear hidden to viewers. Photo courtesy of Howard Industries. Image courtesy of

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