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  2. I went to a job site and found this guy at the front door. Everyone needs to be greeted by this guy. He is the shinning star and ready to help anyone at anytime. He sets the example for all employees to follow. Do you think this guy would wear a Company Shirt that advertises the guy who pays him every week ?
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  5. Happy birthday Erik. I hope I keep my baby face like you have managed to
  6. I was always under the impression that the mass produced neon signs where pushed through a die and made. I had no idea they where actually hand made. thanks for sharing.
  7. I split these posts off to create it's own topic because it's far too interesting to get lost in the shuffle in a LED discussion. Those are some awesome pics Frank, thanks for sharing those....oh and by all means I don't think anyone here can get tired from hearing about Neon!
  8. Sure, I'm on the wrong computer but I have some of Fallon Shanghai... This is an order for 3500 Miller Lite (Old Logo), we are waiting (too long) for Ventex transformers coming in from the states so all these are minus them - this was a typical month's production - we could do more but it was waiting for materials which always screwed with the schedule. All the masterpack boxes behind are with the power supplies. We only did pattern bending, no jigs or fixtures, with 25 benders. Each table had a QC girl who checked every bit of glass made by the benders by slotting them into a jig. We used all EGL glass and electrodes and when we ran out of clear I did source Chinese clear that was made for lamp manufacture (I kept this a secret that we're using Chinese glass lol). On a side line I wanted to do our own coating, its not rocket science once you have the right phosphor / binder and kiln. I've coated before in Australia ( tes I was there too! ol). Where people sourcing glass come undone - the glass formula needed to be for lamp manufacture and the tubes are acid washed and dried before packing. If you just buy any clear glass its ok for small units ~4 feet. Anything more than 5 feet you're pushing it and 7~8 feet fuhgeddaboudit! Yes it will pump and age ok, neon looks good bright red but then after about a day or two the electrodes cannot keep up with the outgassing and the tube fails. This is the pump I designed- 12 ports three bombarders (custom made with the secondary center tapped like a neon transformer for safety) at the far end was another pump. Each port could be isolated if there was a problem with a unit. We had three of these running continuously with two pumpers at each one. One was the operator while the other one tipped off units on one end and connected six more on the other end. So when one side was doing the final pumping down the other side was ready to go when the GTO was switched over. My original plans had a bombarder GTO switch so it was just a flick of a switch to do the other side. Our standard was the electrodes would be heated to a bright orange and we did a helium flush The neon aged for 4 hours with the Hg in the trap, any unit not dull was rejected. The ones that passed the first aging were aged for 7 more hours when the Hg was admitted. We had a lot of aging tables with three layers. We could switch between 30 and 60mA, usually it was 60mA for 8mm we would use 30mA. Aging neon with 30mA is too slow. Cheers... PS Don't get me talking about neon...I'll bend your ear off!
  9. have any pictures you can share? sounds fascinating!
  10. Thank you guys! They say you're supposed to get wiser with age. Well......
  11. You''re correct, it is all about finding the "right" company. We've seen & found some good ones
  12. It depends on the company and the product. I worked in China for over a decade. I worked in manufacturing and at one point I was the GM of Fallon Shanghai, remember Fallon? Iin designed the factory space for mass production of neon beer signs. I also designed the pumping system which effectively pumped 12 units a cycle. The quality of our CHINESE made neon beer signs were superior to anything made in America. Shame about the Great Recession putting the kibosh on the company. Regarding Chinese LED quality, again its who is making them as there are some very good LED manufacturers in China, as well as a lot of crapola. I also worked in Jakarta Indonesia as a lighting consultant and there are a few nightclubs with interior lighting from 100% LED strip lighting. After almost decade there has not been one failure. So again if you're buying crapola don't complain. The secret is finding the right Chinese LED company.
  13. Ill throw my hat in the ring for $300
  14. Good Friday the 13th everybody!! I have a question - What do you guys charge per square foot for flex faces if you have like 18+ locations to do?? 4 colors printed -
  15. Printer is in good working order. Has take up reel, several extra inks, Air purification system and second parts machine. No software but machine is still set up to show function. $2500 for all obo. Local pickup only
  16. Open to offers. Without the cart it is on, Shipping looks to be about $100 east of MS probably a little more west of MS
  17. I would take $3500 for the router without the software
  18. Glad that MC sent that sorry sub agreement when they did. I will never do work for Icon again. I was a little bit upset over losing out on MC work because they sent me a lot that filled in the gaps, but it is surely for the best in this instance
  19. Thank you! Yes it is different, you have one of the earlier sample batches. Our final version has a much higher luminous efficacy, and much nicer bin. I'll drop a sample of these off to you soon
  20. Gary, You are correct my Friend. Always follow the money and pay heed to the story it surely tells...... Peace Out
  21. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Have fun in the sun... I cant remember that far back to 46, I need pictures to remember 46
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  23. And that's after they took over coastal signs in March. But all of that after being leveraged by an equity group. Follow the $,
  24. Tomorrow you're 46 Eric? Still a young pup! Happy birthday my friend.
  25. This is so awesome and glad to see you're getting closer to getting this out. So these look different than those sample we have, are they different?
  26. Tell him I said hi. You're doing great kid. Proud of you and what you're doing! Kirstie married a good one, and here I thought I was the last of the good ones! Haha.
  27. Been working with Marko on this one Gary, so you know it kicks ass. He's the engineer brain behind it.
  28. slow payer + slow player = x x=?
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