Sign & Digital Graphics

May '17

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • May 2017 • 55 Of course, we in the sign industry know that there will always be a place for handmade designs specific to displays and signage. We value much of this an art form—customized, one-of-a-kind pieces. By and large, however, automated processes have made life much easier for most sign makers, especially in the field of channel letter fabrication. "To be competitive in channel letters today, you need to be able to automate the process," says Carl Ondracek, president of Computerized Cutters, Inc., a manufac- turer of automated letter bending equip- ment. "The most time-consuming area is in the manual layout, notching, flanging, and bending of chan- nel letter aluminum returns. A channel letter bending machine can eliminate about 80 to 90 percent of the labor time involved in this process." Automation vs. Manual For a business that produces several sets of channel letters per day—such as a channel letter wholesaler—a channel letter bending machine should be viewed as an essential piece of equipment that must be reliable throughout the produc- tion process. "We have the best equipment money can buy," says Warren Sciortino, owner of Colorado-based channel letter whole- saler LetterFab L L C . "Everything is computerized, and that's the only way a wholesaler can operate." CLN of Florida offers equipment such as this CLN Router 100 Series 6 x 12 Bender. (Image courtesy of CLN of Florida, Inc.) All letters used to be done manually, now today's equipment and tools help shops finish work on time and accurately. (Image courtesy of LetterFab LLC)

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