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New sign at manufacturing “giant”


Hardy Signs Limited recently completed an ambitious and imposing signage project for Plastic Omnium, who they have worked with for over 20 years.


The global automotive parts supplier has more than 120 plants in over 30 countries, with the latest location in Warrington. The new site, which covers 10 acres and in- cludes a 265,000 square foot warehouse, was completed in 2015. Hardy Signs origi- nally created a full signage scheme for the site during the opening months.


The installation of a sign of this size is a complicated process and takes careful planning with skilled application


Over time, directors working and visiting the Warrington plant identified the opportunity for a large scale sign that would allow the building to be recognised from a distance.


The framework for the sign was secured on the outside of the building, whilst inside another team worked to support it.


Following a careful planning procedure, the specification of the main exterior sign for the site was decided. And 12 months on the manufacture of it started. Hardy Signs fab- ricated a flexible-faced light box sign, which was to house more than 1300 LEDs work- ing from 24 transformers.


Firstly, the framework to support such a sign needed to be secured from inside the fac- tory building, so the installation team worked in tandem. Half of the team were lo- cated inside, using a cherry picker access; while the other half were outside, working from a larger scissor lift platform. Once the framework was secure, the LED system could be fitted and connected.


Following that stage, the Hardy Signs team put a PVC ‘skin’ over the entire framework, which is printed with the recognisable OP logo in blue and white.


The sign sits at over 30 feet wide and 26ft deep, which creates a substantial impres- sion on the landscape and make sure the Plastic Omnium brand is clearly visible to traffic on the nearby M62.


1300 LEDs, working from 24 transformers, were placed inside the flex-faced light box.


“The installation of a sign of this size is a complicated process and takes careful plan- ning with skilled application,” says Tom Hardy, Hardy Signs General Manager. “The skin of the sign is in one single piece, so it took five individuals working together to po- sition it correctly to fix to the framework.”


Facilities Manager for Plastic Omnium, Dave Scrivens said: “The scale of the sign required for this project is what really offers the impact. Our long working relationship with Hardy Signs gives us the confidence that we’ll receive a high quality service from start to finish.”


hardy@hardysigns.co.uk


The 30 feet wide sign clearly visible at night from the motorway.


ISSUE 170 APRIL 2017 Sign Update 57


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