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THE MOVING MESSAGE

“You’re taking a gamble if your supplier is unwilling to divulge the display source.”
service and parts throughout the display’s life? You undertake basic due diligence. Your safest bet is to deal with an established provider who has strong knowledge of the industry’s manufacturing and supply side. You’re taking a gamble if your supplier is unwilling to divulge the display source, but that doesn’t mean you disqualify the company – it means you ensure access to replacement parts for the proffered display. If that doesn’t flow, locate someone who can follow the supply chain back to the original manufacturer, so you have a source for parts and service advice. I’ve contacted and, here, listed 35 digital-display suppliers. All sell LED-based displays in the U.S. The first three are U.S.-based firms that manufacture and distribute proprietary products that cannot be intermingled. I’m offering this information for clarification, not as an endorsement. My list includes the suppliers’ country, because there’s a greater likelihood of finding replacement parts in the displays’ production region. Interestingly, many Chinese-made display products are an assemblage of available parts you can purchase independently. Chinese manufacturers often produce and then wholesale components to display producers. For example, in February, at the

LED China exhibition, I encountered several parts producers selling obscure items from large bins. These included molded-plastic louver assemblies and display faces. As the industry grows, I see the orphan problem as an iceberg-tip issue, one that could cause significant harm to the overall perception of digital displays. The most challenging component may be finding service personnel with sufficient knowledge to find the parts and execute a repair or upgrade. I often wish for a directory of technical people, with their product proficiencies listed. Fortunately, I have an extensive knowledge of the reconnaissance necessary to source parts and service talent; thus, if you’re a display provider or owner who finds him or herself without a parts or service resource, I may be able to help. ■

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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
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Signs of the Times - September 2012 - Enter STs 2013 Intl. Sign Contest!
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