County Introduces Sign Shop Upgrades
Posted at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022
During the Troup County Board of Commissioners business session on Tuesday morning, County Engineer James Emery made a presentation regarding upgrades to the county’s signmaking equipment.
The recently purchased sign making equipment will completely change the way the county goes about creating signs. The new equipment is capable of printing and cutting color images onto vinyl to place on road signs, temporary signs and county vehicles.
Commissioners approved the purchase of a 54-inch Roland TrueVIS printer/cutter costing $17,495 and a 55-inch Royal Sovereign cold laminator costing $5,295 from Mac Papers + Packaging in Jacksonville, in Florida, at their May 17 board meeting. .
Emery said they also recently remodeled the sign to create a clean room for the new equipment with an air purifier to separate it from other work areas. A catwalk and stairs have also been extended to utilize the space above the newly enclosed area for storage.
One of the first plans for the new gear was to update the county’s fleet of vehicles with their new multi-color logo.
Previously, when the county wanted to create a traffic sign, they would cut reflective background vinyl to fit the sign, then cut the sign markings to stick on top from a different roll of vinyl. This creates a lot of waste as only the cut areas of the symbols are used and all excess vinyl must be removed from the final sign.
Now County can print directly onto the reflective background, eliminating the need for a second vinyl and the waste it creates.
“This is a huge improvement in the efficiency of our system,” Emery said.
The printed signs should last as long as regular signs when laminated, he said.
“Print media wouldn’t last as long if we didn’t put lamination on it,” Emery explained. “The lamination provides UV protection. We laminate all new panels at this point.
The new printer allows the sign shop to create a wider variety of signs.
“Any image you send to us, we can put it on a wide variety of different media and produce signs with it,” Emery said, showing off a photographic-quality image that was placed on a piece of coroplast traffic sign. use.
Emery also shared other potential uses for the new sign-making equipment.
“With this new equipment, we potentially want to change the way we do our road signs,” Emery said.
Two new road sign designs were introduced that show the county’s new logo, similar to the road signs recently created by the town of LaGrange.
“We can incorporate the new logo in a standard monochrome blue and white or in full color,” Emery said.