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graphics-pro.com 79 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 2 Visual Horizons Custom Signs is a full- service commercial sign company based in Modesto, California, which has been in business for more than 25 years, offering non-illuminated signs, banners, engrav- ing and vehicle wraps. e company also chose a 5' × 12' ROLL-X worktable to help increase efficiency of its production space. e company chose the table because it "fit in our workspace and was larger than the widest material we print on," says owner Charity Jackson, "so it accommo- dates all printed graphics and signs we run through production." e key features the shop looked for in a worktable were size, the clearance of the application roller for different substrate thicknesses, the height controls so it could be raised and lowered as needed, the back- lit work surface, and the extra storage and cutting tool. "Since we're a busy shop with few employees, it's important for us to be able to quickly apply signs with as few people as possible," says Jackson. e table includes a roll holder glide beam that is used for applying masking tape. e company orders 54"-wide rolls of application tape and mounts them on this bar. "One person can mask graphics 52" wide × 12' long in seconds, with even pressure," she says. e height control under the roll beam is very important. In the past, when the company used its laminator to apply graphics to substrates "we were some- times limited by the space available under the roller," Jackson says. "e applica- tion table has plenty of clearance under the roller, allowing us to place nearly any substrate thickness on the table and apply graphics." e table itself also can be lowered to 33", allowing a person to sit in a chair to work at the table, or raised up to 42", giv- ing taller workers a more ergonomic work surface. When the table is lowered all the way down, the wheels make contact with the floor, allowing the table to be wheeled around the production floor as needed. Signarama's employees use the table to mount masked vinyl and digital prints onto various substrates. (Image courtesy Signarama Huntington Station) After seeing the worktable at a trade show, Dawn Bent knew it would be a game changer for her shop that had been using traditional methods for 33 years. (Image courtesy Signarama Huntington Station) Visual Horizons chose its table because it worked for its space and accommodated all printed graphics and signs it runs through production. (Image courtesy Visual Horizons Custom Signs)

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