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Recognized Supplier Guide '20

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7 2 • M A R C H 2 0 2 0 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S time and increases net capacity," he says. "The ability to have a job that stows in the platform and can deploy with minimal assembly is also a signifi- cant time saver." Wilkerson says ease of operator access is also an important attribute. "Must-have options for new equipment should include a two-man bucket with remotes in the bas- ket; front-entry baskets are very nice for working on a double-sided message board or on signs with a catwalk, so the operator can step directly out of the basket, and rotating baskets are great for working long wall fronts and staying parallel to the wall," he says. Other niceties depend on the kind of installation work you plan on doing, but can certainly come in handy, Wilkerson adds. "Face rests for handling large faces are also great in service and installation jobs, and a jib winch or lifting arm in the basket will make installing channel letters and awnings much easier," he explains. An easy one that anyone can add to the crane is a small magnetic tray to hold the small metal tek screws when they are removed to do a service." And whether you are fan of Ford, Ram, GM or heavy-duty truck manufac- turers including International, Kenworth and Freightliner, these companies say they'll work with users to provide or mount lift equipment on any brand of chassis they desire, provided it meets the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and frame rail standards. Wilkerson says the platform and truck body decision largely depend on how big you plan to go with your installation capacity. "The bed and body options can vary with the type of jobs you are going to put the truck on, such as ladder trucks, side stake pockets, tie-down strap and anchor points, plus the type and size of boxes you plan to carry," he adds. "Will you be carrying 8- and 10-foot fluorescent lamps? Do you need a storage spot for large banners? Will you need racks for long poles or additional tool boxes for ballasts or transformers?" For 2020, Elliott says the biggest innovations in lift trucks have come in next-generation control technology. "This includes a touchscreen at the platform which shows important status and diagnostic information, and allows the user to remotely interact with our technicians to modify operating ranges and troubleshoot equipment, through an app on their phones," he says. "We have been testing these features for a couple of years and are very excited to offer these tools to our end users." SDG Wilkie's remote-operated XRB cranes can provide reach and load ability without exceeding weight limits, part of a general trend in the sign industry away from larger cranes. Image courtesy of Wilkie Manufacturing. Platform trucks equipped with cranes such as the Elliott L60 can include jibs for lift- ing and installing channel letters, as well as remote power for equipment hookups. Image courtesy of Elliott. Lifting capacity and range can also color a sign shop's decision-making, as federal regulations require certification for users for lifts exceeding 2,000-pound capacity. Image courtesy of Wilkie Manufacturing.

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