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 • 57 and rivet the aluminum backs onto the aluminum channel letter return." This may sound like a lot of equip- ment, but when a full arsenal is in place, the advantages can be tremendous. When looking at channel letter equipment, there are several factors to consider when making the move to automate. Ondracek, who's company introduced the first automated chan- nel letter bending machine in 1995, says that there are several advantages: increased speed, higher precision, less waste and, he adds, if you can get all that at an affordable price, you'll be that much better off. His new Accu-Bend Ace machine, he says, is far less expen- sive than other available units. The Wholesale Model As alluded to previously, wholesal- ers can play a big role in channel let- ter production. Sciortino attributes his company's popularity to the idea that the industry is shifting away from in-house manufacturing due to better costs when buying wholesale. "A local sign company could get a job for 50 sets of letters and (the customer will) say they'll need to have them done in a month or two," Sciortino explains. "Typically, they might be able to make their own letters, but they can't make 50 sets." For retail sign makers, wholesalers can help keep the overhead down by offering lower prices at a much quicker turnaround rate. Signs like this one for Smoothie King can be reproduced precisely from one letter to the next for several locations. (Images courtesy of LetterFab LLC)

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