Sign & Digital Graphics

November '12

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This green company runs lean with the help of a ShopBot. jobsite, and I stopped and picked up Walt Hudgins, our part-time helper and general sidekick to take some pho- tos for me. We arrived at the location just a little before noon, and positioned the bucket and made a few measurements before doing the most important thing, heading a mile or two into town to find something to eat. If you ask Walter what a signman's No. 1 rule is, he will surely answer, "A sign man never works on an empty stomach." And he's right. After accomplishing this important step one, we headed back to the buck- etlift for step No. 2, which was the most important part of all; positioning the image of the logo so it faced in exactly the right direction. This is harder than one might think, since up close and per- sonal the correct orientation is not that obvious. But, do this step wrong and the whole job becomes a disaster. Using my shop made compass, with string and a Stabilo pencil, I drew the entire outer circle once and after seri- ous consultation with myself and Walt, decided to move the whole thing over one foot to the right. Forget the wasted first effort, this lateral move was the exact right decision. After that, with confidence and as speedily as possible, I drew three large, concentric circles, which took a little while, incrementally moving the manlift bucket around the face of the clock three times. Then it was time to break out the pat- terns. The first pattern, the lower case "b" in the center of the logo circle, was carefully and accurately placed using measurements I had made on the com- puter back at the shop. It was also aligned vertically with a four-foot level. The second pattern, the letters of the company name, was taped in place, checked for accuracy right and left, but easily made level by measuring from a welded seam in the tank. The welded seams were eight feet apart on this tank, and definitely level. The patterns were, of course, pounced through with blue powder using our pounce bag, but then traced over with a #2 pencil, which would weather a SIGN & DIGITAL GRAPHICS • November 2012 • 25 Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls processes mixed plastic to produce signs, park benches, picnic tables, and more. Every year they recycle more than 5 million pounds of plastic into environmentally sustainable products. Bob Mestdagh, VP of Production, says, "One of our services is engraving plastic park benches, signs and the like. We used to do this with a hand router, which was labor intensive, prone to mistakes and waste. So about 15 years ago we looked into CNC." Their ShopBot 96 X 48 tool has been in constant use ever since. Bob says, "In a word, it's reliable. We've decided to purchase another ShopBot to be sure we can handle the increase in orders." Learn more at ShopBotTools.com and then give us a call. We'll help you choose the tool you can rely on for years to come. 888-680-4466 ShopBotTools.com Use INFO # 187

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