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 • 81 As our start-up industrial services company has grown—and such growth can be painful and costly—we've upgraded some machines and purchased others in order to provide the services our clients want under one roof. Our sign shop enjoys the relationship, but it isn't exclusive by any means. Because one or more of our best cli- ents wanted work to be formed or bent in a press brake, to go with the CNC cutting and powder coating, we recently bought a brand new 12' AccurPress press brake, and a used roll forming machine. The press brake is serious equipment, really getting out the big guns. And you know your freight charge isn't going to be cheap when what you've bought is the only thing on its own 18-wheeler. A press brake, with the right tooling, can be used to bend or form just about anything using any type of metal, often for industrial purposes but for sign work too. Fortunately our clients, far more than anything we need to have done, made this make sense. But, whether press brake or waterjet, if one looks around there are likely to be several places within a short drive of your shop that can pro- vide these services readily. One of the big guns, at least for us, was this AccurPress press brake we acquired early this year. Though it can be used for sign making, it is really an industrial forming services machine. The new press brake shares shop space with an older plate rolling machine, so we are able to shape metal in more than one way. Sometimes parts are used with a combination of rolling and pressbrake work, and it does not have to be sheet metal, but can be structural metals as well. Making pans in metals that are over sheet metal thickness, for industrial work or sign components, is typical work for a pressbrake and getting this work done locally in most areas isn't a problem.

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