Portable Sales Display

stainless pipe display

custom display

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My old friend, Jim Passey is a sales rep for Krausz USA, a pipe coupling company. Jim needed a mobile way to display some of the products Krausz sells. This way he can take a “mobile showroom” to the people that need to see them. Jim had a basic idea of what he wanted. We met to brainstorm some ideas of a display that would slide into his truck but be able to be removed easily. Jim decided on a handful of products to showcase, we measured them up and designed a way to hold them at eye level for display. The frame is made of stainless steel with a light grain polish. This finish will last forever and if scratches do occur, a quick sand will hide them. The beautiful stainless looks great against the bright blue of the products too. The last element is the Krausz Logo sign.

Custom designed displays like this can be extremely valuable for all types of products. I would love to work with you on your next display!

CUSTOM HEX DOOR HANDLES

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CUSTOM DOOR HANDELS

Custom door handles look great on the front of your business! Let me incorporate your Logo or a shape that complements your company Identity right into your door handles. That way, the first thing that your customers touch is already customized to them. This type of impressions go far in retail and restaurant settings. Any commercial door can be made into a custom door simply by dropping me a line. Wood, powder-coated steel, Aluminum, Stainless Steel can all be used to achieve the desired look, feel and colors that set your business apart from the rest.

Here are the steps I take to ensure you receive the right custom job;
○ I collect logo, design constraints, door info and usage info

○My designer imports the concept design into a CAD program for the client to OK and manufacturing to create programs for.

○We work with our clients to tweak and refine the design until everyone is happy. < After all the design work and planning is complete, an estimate of cost and lead-time is provided and after a deposit is received, production starts!

○Then we ship! The whole process can take hours until production. Installation can be discussed as well.

 

 

I hope I can help you soon!

Waterjet cutting….FAQs’

waterjet parts

Most frequently asked questions for waterjet cutting.

Water jet cutting is the most effective way to cut shapes in metal for the majority of jobs. I guess I’m bias as a water jet cutting provider. Though the water jet cutting machine industry is becoming ever refined, the acceptance of water jet cutting is still growing. We have new customers all the time. They usually have a bundle of questions. Here are just the first five questions we usually get when a customer starts cutting with us.

1). How does water cut metal?

The water is really just the vehicle for the cutting media. Abrasive garnet is mixed with the high pressure water to make the cut.

2). How many pounds of pressure will the machine generate?

The early water jet machines would pump at 30,000 psi. The most common is 60,000 psi but 90K and 120k models are coming out now.

3). How thick can you cut?

The great thing about water jet cutting is that you can cut any thickness. However, the thicker you cut, the slower the machine travels. While it may take one minute to cut a part out in 1/4″ steel, it may take an hour to cut the same part in 3″ steel. For each part, there is a thickness that hits diminishing returns. Often times parts thicker than 1.5″ can be flame cut and machined for the same cost as water jetting.

4). What materials can you cut?

About any material can be cut with water jet cutting. The harder the material is, the better, as long as it’s not brittle. Plastics can do well but if the material is laminated, I don not recommend waterjet cutting. The stream of water will break through the first layer but then while entering the second, the blast will rip the layers apart, delaminating the material. It will end up looking like bad plywood left out in the rain for a year. Sometimes, a trick to eliminate this is to add a long “lead-in”. The lead-in is the cut between the initial pierce of the waterjet and the start of the actual cutting of the feature. A lead-in is used to eliminate any distortion from the pierce and enhance the tolerance of the cut feature. The lead-in is always left in the scrap drop, or the parent plate, not in the part.
Any metal, stone or solid plastic arterial is a fine candidate for waterjet cutting.

5). How fast will the machine travel?
This is a function of three things; the material being cut, the thickness of that material and the quality of kerf quality desired.
The less dense the material, the faster the travel speed is. Aluminum is about 2-3 times faster cutting than steel. Stainless is about 5%-10% slower than steel in the same thickness. If the part will be machined to size and final shape later, then a faster cutting speed can be used, reducing cost. Many times the final part finish remains the waterjet cut shape, so a slower travel speed is used to enhance the cut surface.

I will update with the next set of FAQs’ regarding waterjet cutting soon. I hope this is helpful and I really hope I can bring waterjet cutting into your workflow. Contact me any time for more info or a quote.

What’s in a Door Handel?

TRUEFORM CUSTOM DOOR HANDLES

door hardware, stainless steel

                               Custom Door Handles  

custom stainless hardware

Interior and exterior view

custom stainless steel , brushed finish, custom hardware

Double door custom handles, stainless steel, hand brushed finish.

 

 

Custom door handles are one of the first things that people notice when they approach home, business or restaurant. It is normally the very first thing someone touches. The next emotion or memory they have will be framed in the reference of that very first touch. Sure, you could have your guests enter through a standard “straight from the hardware store” door knob or handle, but think of the impact that a custom door handle would make. Perhaps the logo of your business is the first thing touched, or as you pull the door of the bike shop open, you notice a bicycle handle bar in your hand. This would engage your guest before he or she even enters your shop. I think she would have a sense that you care about her shopping experience if you went to such lengths wow her.  Recently TRUEFORM completed a job like this. For the home owner, no off the shelf handle would work for her custom double door. After we consulted, I designed a handle that she and her husband loved that also solved a problem. Unfortunately the door was purchased with standard hardware bores already milled. This limited the custom options that were desired. My design incorporated the use of the pre-bored holes and resulted in a great custom look that the client was looking for. The construction material is all 316 Stainless Steel. And a hand brushed steel finish was employed. The result is a stunning effect with the eccentric radii and contrast between the deep mahogany wood and the bright smooth stainless.  Imagine what effect a custom handle would have on your door. Contact Scott at Trueform Design for a free consult of your situation.

How do your Customers know what you want them to know?

wine label holder

Hold cards, labels or place settings.

 

In your wine store, you don’t want your customers grabbing bottles, rifling through stacks of bottles just to find the last Merlot in the Zin display. How better to communicate with your customers than with custom label holders? Just put one of these classy handmade label holders in front to identify exactly what you have for sale. The beauty of these label holders is that they can be changed out quickly and easily. And best of all, you don’t buy them at Costco like every other tasting room out there! Fixtures like this set your self apart from others. Let me set you up with a complete set of label holders. I can even custom design units with your logo or an emblem that conveys your brand while educating your customers. What do you want your customers to know? It is my job to design a clever way to help you answer this question. From label holders to plaque holders and banner stands, My team and I are dedicated to clear communication of your message while selling your brand.

I’ve done that like a thousand times….

Really, one thousand times. I don’t think I’ve ever done anything a thousand times. Maybe hundreds, but thousands? Recently my son’s Little League contacted me because they wanted to do something special for a coach that has been in the league for 40 years. John Perry has coached now, over 1000 little league games! Quite a feat! In fact, he has coached more Little League games than anyone in history as I understand it. Therefore when the Westside Little League wanted to name the field where they play after John, they knew a sign would be required. One of the board members contacted me to see if I could bid the job. The budget would be tight and the delivery date was critical. It would need to be delivered for a special ceremony dedicated to Mr. Perry. And of course, the colors would have to be that of the Oakland A’s. Well the job was a success and forevermore our field will be known as “John Perry Field”. I am humbled to be part of this project.  The back story of John’s years of dedication are what make the job so rewarding. What is your story? What will your sign say? Can I bid it for you?

Scott