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Tue Aug 16, 2005 7:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 5S...any tips - efficiency & profit ideas?

Replies: 5

Views: 622

5S...any tips - efficiency & profit ideas?

Hi, We have just started to implement 5S in an attempt to improve efficency, the units were in a right mess, which i belive is causing many other problems. So I'm looking for as many tips as possible to help improve workflow, reduce waste and most of all improve profit! We are currently in the sorti...

Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:27 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printed Banners...where?

Replies: 13

Views: 2892

Couldnt agree more...but its a tricky job...the banner is just the start, it then requires A LOT of reworking when i get it....and every single one is different!!!
Dont you just love a challange!!!
Did the first in vinyl so i'd best get a sample...do these suppliers do sample prints???

Simon

Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:07 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printed Banners...where?

Replies: 13

Views: 2892

Cheers All,

Have used superwide before but only for vinyl photo prints and the quality was A1, brain was obviously in neutral when it came to these banners :oops:
The banners will be viewed from the 18 to 300ft range....what sort of resolution should i be looking for?

Thanks,
Simon

Tue Jul 19, 2005 9:41 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printed Banners...where?

Replies: 13

Views: 2892

Printed Banners...where?

Hi,

Looking for a digital print trade supplier

Thanks,
Simon



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Sun May 22, 2005 12:26 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: cheating girlfriend - life changing decision

Replies: 19

Views: 2318

ummm...

Subtle.

Its a word i know, but never understood why it has a 'b' in it! :evil:

Sun May 22, 2005 12:10 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: cheating girlfriend - life changing decision

Replies: 19

Views: 2318

errrr....

correct me if i'm wrong but wasnt this a joke?!?!?

Thu May 05, 2005 12:13 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Edge dongle problems

Replies: 16

Views: 3055

We had problems with our dongle last year, spandex were next to no help! Anyway the solution was to install the latest dongle driver which can be found here http://www.safenet-inc.com/support/tech/sentinel.asp The reason for our troubles was a windows update. have you done an update or installed any...

Wed Apr 27, 2005 6:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign Standoffs

Replies: 8

Views: 885

Sign Standoffs

Hi,

Does anyone know of a supplier of Brass and stainless steel standoffs? Looking for about 25mm long and 20mm diameter.

Thanks
Simon

Fri Apr 15, 2005 8:02 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Pricing/Estimating Software

Replies: 7

Views: 1851

This subject is something i've been looking into for the last few weeks, we have got out own web broswer based quoting/job tracking software. My reason for looking was to see if i could find a more consistant quoting system with better job tracking. I've looked at Estimate and Cyrious, both appear t...

Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:56 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: saving entry fields in PDF

Replies: 1

Views: 811

Try www.cutepdf.com works ok for us, but have never tried using forms.

Thu Jan 13, 2005 12:52 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: cherry pickers?

Replies: 66

Views: 7456

Well this thread has kept me entertained.... a few points... Provision of Work Equipment Regualtions Regulation 9 (1) is a regulation a law?...i belive its just a guideline, no wrong or right either way....and... Peter, the only issue with training your own employees is if an inspector noses around ...

Fri Oct 29, 2004 11:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: funny: Something to smile at...

Replies: 5

Views: 685

I'd of thought he would be taking it off!!! :lol1:

Probably never got out of his garage....let a lone a junction :evil:

Fri Oct 15, 2004 5:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Places People sticka up vans

Replies: 18

Views: 2399

We have been doing vans outside our unit for the last 20 years with no problems to date, yes it rains at times but you'ld be surprised at how little that will effect you. Just tell the customer its raining come back when it's stopped....when was the last time you saw a builder work in the rain!! :D ...

Fri Oct 15, 2004 4:59 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Edge vs Wide format Inkjet

Replies: 12

Views: 2203

I agree with Rodney on this one.

I always perfer to do work on our engravers and laser engravers have come down in price a lot recently, so much so i might even consider one myself(i'm a rotary man).

The ability to cut acrylic in house will be much more usefull for everyday signage.

Simon

Wed Oct 13, 2004 6:58 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Edge vs Wide format Inkjet

Replies: 12

Views: 2203

Hi, I find it really hard to compare these 2 types of machine, we have an edge and it is fantastic at small single/two colour stickers, just select the spot colour you need and job done. Its process colour printing isnt great, as said it's expensive and just doesnt have the resolution but for the od...

Tue Sep 14, 2004 11:41 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: does anyone have a formula for pricing engraving?

Replies: 20

Views: 7430

It's great to see an engraving realted thread getting some response...I was wondering if anyone else still engraved!! Mike, When you say tactile, do you mean braille type signs, if so what software, material, process etc. are you planning on using??...just curious, as i considered it once and came t...

Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:55 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: does anyone have a formula for pricing engraving?

Replies: 20

Views: 7430

Hi Mike, It's not an easy problem, one i've been fighting with over the last 15 years!! I've tried them all, number of letters, size of letters, area of label, a mixture of them all...problem is one system does not apply to all labels and materials. I'm about to change again, this time my current li...

Mon Sep 13, 2004 6:25 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: need advice please on cutting foamex?

Replies: 3

Views: 2442

As far as the banners go, we use both options, get made to order banners if the customer wants something specific, colour, size etc. but also use banana banner for those last minute "Oh we forgot about it" customers, when they need it today they are usually more than happy that you can supply them a...

Sun Sep 05, 2004 3:39 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Wagon Graphics: WBB Minerals

Replies: 4

Views: 1071

After doing the waggons i felt i needed a pint more than a medal :lol1: As you can imagine they took a long time, it took 3 of us 4 hours to do one waggon and that was a hard 4 hours that i dont want to repeat any time soon!, as for the vinyl we used Graficast vinyl from Grafityp which formed well o...

Sat Sep 04, 2004 3:31 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Wagon Graphics: WBB Minerals

Replies: 4

Views: 1071

Wagon Graphics: WBB Minerals

A few pics of a recently completed job, the first was a fleet of railway wagons, of which 12 were HORRIBLE, they were covered in a sort of checker plate as you can see.

I'll try to get a few more pics of posted soon.

Thanks for listening
Simon

Thu Sep 02, 2004 11:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: dibond / reynobond

Replies: 13

Views: 1666

As a current Cox customer i do have to stand up for them, they deliver what I want, when I want and at the price I want. I agree that their 1off prices can be a little high, but given a nudge they can be reduced. Also, price is not the be all and end all, when you need it tomorrow, you need it tomor...

Sat Aug 28, 2004 7:59 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Cherry pickers, fitting and all that

Replies: 1

Views: 411

Cherry pickers, fitting and all that

Hi, Just looking for some feed back and any advice on the subject of cherry pickers. Over the last few years we have been having trouble finding a subcontract sign fitting service, as the jobs get bigger they always seem to get higher as well :lol1: So we are looking at setting up a full sign instal...

Sun Jul 18, 2004 1:05 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: A font for idiots.

Replies: 9

Views: 1038

to be fair a day after posting this delight i was forced to apply some graphics with this delightfull font.....

In my defence it did say "Homer".....

does that prove the rule ??!?!

Fozzy

Fri Jul 16, 2004 7:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: A font for idiots.

Replies: 9

Views: 1038

A font for idiots.

A friend told me to take a look at this www.sniffpetrol.com
check out the article near the bottom, made me *rofl* and i fully agree!

Enjoy.

Tue Dec 02, 2003 5:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Poly Carb Supplier ???

Replies: 1

Views: 618

try cox plastics, I know they stock it in a range of thicknesses and do a 3m x 2m sheet.

Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What would you have done!!

Replies: 18

Views: 2109

I must agree with JSK, simply replace the item FOC and with a smile :lol: . Customer Service is the MOST important part of any business, it's a lot easier to sell goods to a happy customer, by rectifiying their mistake costs you very little but will imprint your company into their mind, they will th...

Fri Oct 31, 2003 8:30 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: what can i do about a gripping problem with my router?

Replies: 3

Views: 2157

what can i do about a gripping problem with my router?

Hi, We're just nearing completion of our 3m x 2m router and the question of clamping the material has risen its ugly head :evil: On our smaller routers we either clamp of use self adhesive tape with both work great. So the question is what does everyone else do and what are the benefits and downside...

Sun Jul 20, 2003 3:40 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: when applying wet to windows vinyl still wont stick?

Replies: 5

Views: 2043

If your applying straight forward text then I would do it dry otherwise you will have to wait for it to dry before been able to remove the application tape....as you have already noticed :D :D We only use wet application if we are fitting large blocks of vinyl and we arent using application tape. ju...

Thu Jul 17, 2003 7:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Some Beginners Advice Please

Replies: 15

Views: 2779

A dragknife has an off centre cutting point so as the plotter changes direction the knife rotates on its bearings to point in the same direction as the plotter is moving. Its a real simple design with very for parts and is best for most vinyls. A tangential knife is controlled the the plotter via a ...

Tue Jul 01, 2003 5:22 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: UKSB Members Vehicles

Replies: 35

Views: 7036

Nothing special here, just vinyl, done about 3 years ago now and still looking good.

Hope it helps you decide on what to do with your van, we took about 6 months deciding!!

Mon Jun 02, 2003 7:42 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: How do you make signlab files visible for clients?

Replies: 7

Views: 2717

The simplest way we have found is to take a screen snap shot and then paste that as a new image into your favourite graphics package and then save as any format you like....its quick and will work with ANY windows software.

Mon Jun 02, 2003 5:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help needed

Replies: 3

Views: 1290

Hi Martin, As Steve says make a mock up traffic light box, but instead of using electric lights make a continously rotating horizontal banner inside with the 4 light arrangments on(like a bus destination board by rotated 90deg), then operate by hand with a rotating handle.....really cheap, no compli...

Thu May 29, 2003 11:09 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: need some advice on engraving brass please?

Replies: 30

Views: 12381

The sheet size we get is 48X24 and i'm positive we paid £65 a sheet when we buy 2....about 2 months ago if i remember correctly. As for paint filling, just slap it on and then squeege of the excess let the paint dry and clean of the rest with a rag and thinners, its a breeze. Use almost any paint. S...

Thu May 29, 2003 7:56 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: need some advice on engraving brass please?

Replies: 30

Views: 12381

Hi, Well here's my two peneth on engraving brass, 1st. Dont use lubricant, its very messy and not needed!! 2nd. Ensure its clamped very well, as it will warp very easly when cut and this can ruin a plaque if your only engraving 3mm letters. 3rd. A sharp cutter is vital, we re-sharpen after big(A4) p...

Sat May 24, 2003 12:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Tourist Board Signs?

Replies: 12

Views: 2612

Try Ashby Trade Sign Supplies on 0118 981 5343, there quick and well priced and can supply you with all the posts, sign, fixings etc., they will even cover it in a brown vinly for you.

Tue May 20, 2003 6:24 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Acrylic heat bender wanted

Replies: 15

Views: 3135

Another option to ni-chrome wire to to straighten out some wire from a bar heater, not an ideal solution but if your only looking for a short length in might just work.....or just use a bar heater and make a thin slot above it with a couple of peices of wood, crude but it worked when i was a school ...

Tue May 20, 2003 6:06 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Travelling costs

Replies: 10

Views: 1933

Glad to see were not the only ones who have had the problem of quoting for travelling. Our solution was simple and you have already mentioned it, we just charge £25 per person per hour and the the vehicle cost of 65p per mile. After all a fitter sat in a van is still costing the same as one working!...

Mon May 19, 2003 6:00 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Acrylic heat bender wanted

Replies: 15

Views: 3135

If the length you want to bend is not too long(less them 4ft) then i'd suggest making your own, all you need is some nichrome wire and a power supply, try searching the web for foam wing cutting, you will find plenty of designs to copy, model makers use them to make there wings. Its really easy and ...

Mon May 19, 2003 5:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you do artworks before OR after taking deposits?

Replies: 31

Views: 6476

Hi, we generally get the customer to accept the price for the job and then will only design the artwork, but before producing the sign we get him to OK it and make any alterations he wants.
After all he is free to go to a design agency and get them to do a layout and bring it to you to make.

Sun May 18, 2003 11:06 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi, its great to join you all.

Replies: 6

Views: 1425

Hi Stone, sorry my router's bigger than yours :D I should probably have built an 8x4ft but it didnt really cost anymore to build a 3x2m one!

As for some tips....Don't try to machine stone!!!!!

Sat May 17, 2003 6:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi, its great to join you all.

Replies: 6

Views: 1425

my pic is on its way to you as i did have trouble uploading it. As for the router, its not got a laser head yet as we dont have enough £££££££££ :) and just like you our unit is bulging at the seems now!!! Not sure if to offer a trade service but then again i never turn away work from a paying custo...

Sat May 17, 2003 6:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi, its great to join you all.

Replies: 6

Views: 1425

Hi, its great to join you all.

Hi All, I've been in this games for 14 years since i left school, wasnt intending on making too many signs but we did too much testing of our engraving machines and before we knew it we had a business :) I suppose our speciality is engraving and routing, we've built our way up to 3 engravers, 1 rout...

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