Sign & Digital Graphics

May '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • May 2018 • 27 layout the return with a tape measure and transfer the numbers to a 10-foot return that had a half-inch, 90 degree bend on one side. Then took a hand notcher and started to notch the return." Moving on to the face, Kane recalls, "The plastic face was cut from the let- ter that was flipped upside down. Using double-stick foam tape and a hand router with an offset bit, we cut the plastic." Ondracek states that today "98 per- cent of sign faces are acrylic," which allows for durability and lighter weight. "Good quality channel letters are typically built with 3/16-inch impact- modified plastic or polycarbonate," sug- gests Sciortino. "Acrylic is fine as well as long as its 3/16-inch thick. You will find lower quality letters using 1/8-inch acrylic faces along with their .040-inch aluminum backs giving the letter a much flimsier character." When the face is in place and the let- ter has the look of being close to com- pleted, "The last stop for this letter is the trim-cap," states Kane. "This product allows you to fasten the plastic letter face to the return. It also allows you to have a creative design with your letters. For example, a red plastic face with gold trim cap and black returns will stand out a lot. While a red plastic face with red trim cap and black returns makes the face blend into the next letter. Forget about using a red return with a red plastic face and red trim cap, you'll have a big red blur when driving by this sign." Finishing Touch When it comes down to employing a channel letter bender versus manual bending for this type of work, it really isn't a "good versus evil" discussion. It's more about choosing what is most practi- cal and offers premium advantages. Ondracek points to "The cost sav- ings, the quality of an American-made machine, and the service," as key benefits of using a channel bending machine. It's hard to argue that these elements aren't enormously important to sign makers. Timeliness is also an essential advantage. "Retail sign companies appreciate that we can provide them with a supe- rior product because of our skill level and state-of-the art equipment within a week or two, in turn keeping shops busy with selling and installing," says Sciortino. "We are their manufacturing facility." Which properly illustrates how much equipment manufacturers and sign mak- ers work together for the common goal of providing the best products. Kane shares in this belief and suggests to his customers, "Remember that when buy- ing equipment, one day you will need tech support. Pick a company that has a great reputation for customer service." SDG STAY ON TRACK WITH MAGNUM Magnum Magnetics ® is the largest manufacturer of flexible magnets in the United States, including printable magnetic sheeting and magnetic rolls, magnetic strip, and extruded magnets. For nearly three decades, we have manufactured flexible magnets for a variety of applications and industries, including commercial printing, wide-format signage and graphics, engineering/OEM, retail craft and office products, and more. Our flexible magnets are made in the U.S. and can be seen all over the world! Read More About Our Premiere Printable Magnets 800.258.0991 Proud to be part of

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