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October '14

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • October 2014 • 75 Looking for an Upgrade For those shops looking to upgrade to higher-end model, Hammer says there are also some points to consider. "Product quality, reliability and preci- sion are, of course, key considerations, but ease of use is equally important. While you may be upgrading to a higher- end, more advanced model, you still want to be able to start making signs right out of the box. Be sure to select a brand/com- pany known for providing the highest levels of customer service and support. That way, if you need assistance, it will be readily available." She adds that Roland offers a wealth of end user resources, including instruc- tional webinars, informative articles and useful online tips and tricks to help users get the most out of their engravers, maximize creativity and productivity, and increase profits. "For example, one way to get more out of your investment involves printed A B S , which allows for more custom signage to be created," Hammer says. "Typically, this printing is done using digital U V- L E D printers such as the Roland LEF-12 or LEF-20. There is a misconception that all ADA signs need to be blue/white or red/white. Layering different engraved materials can also add color and interest to ADA signage. Rowmark has several A DA-approved colors that are ideal for creating custom signs." Expanding Your System Harris says shops looking to upgrade should seriously consider expandable systems, the ability to add a router head, machining spindle or full 3D render- ing software as your production needs change, is important. "Typically you normally upgrade for one of three reasons: your existing sys- tem has become unreliable, it no longer holds tolerance/accuracy, or you need to increase production volume/capability," Harris says. "Whatever your motivation, you should invest in equipment that can be adapted to meet future needs, is well supported by a manufacturer that has a reputation of producing equipment that is durable, accurate and that has a reputa- tion for a long service life." Expanding Your Product Mix Hallick from Vision Engraving says that adding a rotary model can be a great complement to a shop's existing business. "One way a sign company can expand the number of projects it can offer its customers is by adding different options to their engraver/router," Hallick says. "For example, being able to replace the engraving head with a router head can add a whole new level of capability and clientele to a sign shop. Not only does it expand a shop's capabilities, but the shop can keep the same machine with the same footprint. With a router attach- ment the sign shop owner can offer rout- ing/cutting services for thicker and more durable materials." He says if a sign shop adds an oscil- lating knife head, now they have three specifically different solutions, located on one platform. "The sign shop owner can now pat- tern cut Coroplast signs, paper, foam board, Gator board, cardboard, veneers, laminates, cork, rubber, gaskets, vinyl and magnetics," he says. Hallick also reports that sign shop owners use their engraver/router/knife systems to serve a host of different industries. "We are always fascinated by the amount of expansion our customers achieve when they make the smallest change to their routine business. Sign businesses that once only made signs are now expanding to engrave trophies and awards, glass engraving, gift and jewelry engraving, parts marking, automotive specialty engraving, and even cabinet building." SDG Sign shops use the Roland EGX-600 Pro for a variety of applications, including custom ID plates, trophies, gift engraving, ADA signage and more. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA) (Image courtesy of Vision Engraving & Routing Systems)

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