Sign & Digital Graphics

June '17

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20 • June 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL "A lot of the shops we are gunning for are using other materials. They already have a router but they are not familiar with HDU," he says. DUNA has been in the United States since 2001 and its sales are "doing really well," says Burnett. "It is not easy to get sign makers to switch (materials) but little by little we are chipping away and it is working." Other foam products typically come as rigid sheets with different surfaces, sandwiched around foam. "It is extremely lightweight and rela- tively inexpensive compared to other options, such as wood veneer products and PVCs," says Bill Vanhorn, director of sales for The Gilman Brothers Company. What sets Gilman's foam board apart from the competition is that it is about 2.5 times more dense, so it cuts better, he says. Because of its density, shops can use a drag knife or high-speed computerized cutter on it and it doesn't create a mess. The biggest benefit of Gilman's foam board is the flexibility of the adhesive it uses to attach the styrene onto the foam. These conference room signs are made using United Industries' Ultra Board EB. The sides are finished for a much more detailed and higher end look for mounting photos to. Ultra Board EB comes in thicknesses of 3/4" and 1.5". (Courtesy of 3A Composites)

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