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Sign Up Systems - Jon met Crystal, and found perfect tensioning

Sign Up Systems Diagram showing assembly of the Crystal SystemWhile struggling to find a suitable tensioning system to install an in-store graphic for Halfords a few years ago, Jon Bromhead, now of Sign up Systems Ltd (SUS), found a product that revolutionised the way he worked - and provided an opportunity to set up a new business venture.

"My challenge was how to find a means of fitting and stretching an 18m x 3.5m graphic in one piece over a frame whilst in store. I had gone through the obvious options, which involved either making a huge wooden frame that would have been impossible to transport to site in one piece, or more labour intensive systems that involved complicated fastenings and tools," said Jon.

A close colleague at T.A.D. introduced Jon to Crystaltm, a new patented fabric tensioning system supplied by the French-based company, Isermatic. The Crystal system, a simple and economical way to install fabrics, was being used widely in Europe by Isermatic, supplier of premier fabric tensioning systems.

This 11 x 33m display is a good demonstration of the Crystal fabric tensioning system. So when Isermatic was looking to increase its network of European distributors, particularly in the UK, Jon stepped up to the challenge and has since grown Sign Up Systems into the UK specialist supplier and installer of Crystal products for use with wide format graphics.

Whether the graphic is to be fixed to the wall, proud of the wall, or onto scaffolding towers, to create a false façade, the Crystal system accommodates any flexface fabric up to 650gsm and up to any size. To install a graphic, the aluminium (female) profile, supplied in 3.5m, 5m or 7m lengths, is cut to the required size or shape of the finished display and fixed in position using an appropriate method. The fabric is applied starting at the top and held in place with short off cuts of Jonc (male) - a PVC extrusion that holds and tensions the fabric in place. The perimeter of the fabric is then systematically installed by tapping the (male) Jonc into the (female) profile. The fabric is clamped between the two, which results in an evenly tensioned, wrinkle-free display.

The Crystal profiles have features in common yet fulfil different requirements, satisfying a plethora of signage and installation needs and applications including: signage; wide format displays; light boxes; exhibition stands; building wraps; indoor promotions; retail displays; and large structural installations. The aluminium can be powder coated to any RAL colour required and the Jonc components come in a range of colours.

Different profiles on a building site of the crystal fabric tensioning system. Sign makers choose Crystal because it is quick, simple to use, versatile and economic with eye-catching end results. There is no need to finish fabrics with eyelets, hems or pockets. The graphics can be printed oversize and, once fitted inside the profiles, the excess can be cut off. The system is suitable for use with a range of fabrics including PVC, mesh and textiles.

"Another advantage of the system is that the aluminium profiles are re-usable and can be cut on site if there has been a measuring error. Plus, being a 'green' product, you can use environment friendly PVC products with the Crystal system," says Jon.

Jon is now looking for like-minded partners to distribute the product and increase his team of installation specialists.

For more information about becoming a distributor or installer of the Crystal System or for a quotation, contact Jon Bromhead at Sign Up Systems, telephone 01773 768220 or go to website www.signupsystems.co.uk

Graphics supplied by Graphic Alliance (Europe) Ltd. For further information visit www.isermatic.com and www.digital-interiors.co.uk.


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