Sign & Digital Graphics

May '17

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54 • May 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ELECTRIC SIGNAGE Changing the Channel How technology has transformed channel letter fabrication into what it is today B Y R Y A N F U G L E R T here was once a time when almost every- thing was done manually. Some would call those the "good old days." The practice of scrubbing clothes on a washboard, writing let- ters with a fountain pen, and painting signs with brushes was just how things were done. Then came the technology boom. Automated processes allowed companies to output products as a faster rate, with more accuracy than ever before. Soon, manual production was seen as "vintage"—rendered archaic by today's modern advancements. Ryan Fugler is a free- lance writer and for- mer editor of Wraps magazine. He can be reached at rnfugler@ with ques- tions or comments. Computerized Cutters offers an array of channel letter fabrication equipment includ- ing channel letter bending machines like this Accu- Bend Model26. (Image courtesy of Computerized Cutters, Inc.) C H A N N E L L E T T E R F A B R I C A T I O N

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