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4 8 G R A P H I C S P R O • M A R C H 2 0 2 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M We have a large substrate rack storing different sheets vertically and horizontally. is rack is large and crowded with left- over cuts and substrates we don't use often. (Fig. 12) We've replaced almost all our PVC, wood, and aluminum substrates with aluminum composite sheets, which are two thin layers of painted aluminum with a polyethylene core. Aluminum composite sheets are known by a number of different names like Dibond, Bebond, Max Metal, and many others. We purchased a Signworld brand rolling substrate rack strictly for these sheets. It was $549 on Amazon. When the sheets are deliv- ered, we can roll the cart to the back door, unload directly onto the rack, and then roll it closer to the panel saw for storage. Installation Using the right tool during installation is an easy way to create efficiency. Squeegees, knives, blade snapping tools, knifeless tape, storage carts, and install stools all aid in the efficiency of your installation, but sometimes specialty tools are worth the investment too. We use an edge trimming tool from Yellow Tools for our windows, making trimming graphics along the edge of windows much quicker and neater. We also invested in a metal platform from Werner that fits across two ladders. It cre- ates a 9' wide walking platform that can be placed at different heights for more efficient installations. (Fig. 13) Another handy tool that can speed instal- lation is a laser level. (Fig. 14) is is an excellent tool for installing signs and graph- ics across a large space, especially when there isn't a uniform object or wall to measure to. On this project for Crystal Creamery you can see the blue lines from the laser; we used these lines to align the graphic pan- els. (Fig. 13) ese packout boxes are a great way to keep your tools organized and to load them up for installations outside the shop. (Fig. 15) e individual boxes can be organized by different types of installations, so you need to only grab the boxes needed. ey also attach to a rolling cart for easy trans- port. GP 12 13 14 15 W I D E - F O R M A T P R I N T I N G

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