Signs of the Times - September 2012 - (Page 28)

STRICTLY COMMERCIAL By Chris Eppolito Chris Eppolito is project manager for Glavin Industries (Solon, OH) Happiness In Chagrin Valley Glavin Industries fabricates gateway signs for a residential development. Our20 years ago asfounded more company was than a distributor of OSHA-compliant, safety equipment. Since then, we’ve evolved into a full-service manufacturer of identification products, which include signage, inkjet printing, screenprinting, ADA signage and architectural graphics. I estimate we produce approximately a dozen, multi-sign HDU programs per year. For this project, a representative from the homeowners’ association at Chagrin Valley Estates, a subdivision with approximately 50 homes in Solon, OH, contacted us regarding their property-ID signs. The prior signs had been fabricated from MDO plywood, and they looked very aged and weather-beaten. One of the signs was missing. Using CorelDraw 15, I created a signage theme similar to the prior edition, but with a modest update of the artwork and typeface. I typically use CorelDraw for this type of commercial signage; for industrial, printed graphics, I’ll design with Adobe Illustrator. After I’d completed the design update, I transferred the vector art to Gerber’s Glavin Industries (Solon, OH) fabricated a five-sign program for Chagrin Valley Estates, a Solon subdivision. ArtPath 3-D routing and engraving software, which is a component of its Omega program. ArtPath assigns the router tool paths to each segment that needs to be routed. I’ll bring in the design, add all of the cuts that can be set to rout at different depths, and send it to the router. The last cut I usually make is the sign’s final shape cut-out. We can also rout the second side, if needed, by flipping the sign over and aligning it properly. A photo of one of the prior signs. Hardly an enticement to buy property in the subdivision. 28 SIGNS OF THE TIMES / SEPTEMBER 2012 / The shop’s Gerber Sabre 408 router shapes the 1.5-in.-thick HDU faces.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - September 2012

Signs of the Times - September 2012
ST Update
Possible Future for Digital Printing
Technology Update
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Commercial
Lighting Techniques
The Moving Message
Technology Review
Technology Review
Design Matters
New Products
Show Yourself
Enter STs 2013 Intl. Sign Contest!
Looking Ahead
Pop Art
Neon: Green Again
Channel-letter Update
Industry News
Advertising Index
Editorially Speaking

Signs of the Times - September 2012