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Out Facility and Equipment

CNC ROUTERS, WOOD SHOP,  METAL SHOP, SPRAY PAINT SHOP, AND FINE PAINTING SHOP

Most of our operations and personnel  are located on a 10.000 ft2 factory in an industrial building in Murrieta, CA, at 41785 Elm Street, Suite 302, in the Temecula Valley located in  Riverside County in Southern California.  The Temecula Valley is well-known for its over fifty boutique wineries and vineyards. Our factory is located 60 miles north of San Diego, and about 100 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. We are surrounded by beautiful mountains, the highest being Mt. Jacinto, 10,834 ft, snow-capped in winter.  Our customer relations staff, project coordinators, computer design facility and manufacturing factory are located at our Murrieta facility. We design and fabricate over 5000 signs and plaques each year in this facility.. All of our products and nearly all their raw materials are "Made in the USA".

In our factory we have extensive computer design facilities, a fully-equipped Computer-Numerically-Controlled (CNC) Router Shop, a Wood Shop, a Metal Shop, a Paint Spray  Shop, a Fine Painting Shop,a Photo Ship, and a Packing & Shipping area described below. The  video at the bottom of this page gives a very brief overview of our manufacturing process.

CNC ROUTER SHOP 

We use computers extensively to design our plaques and control the machines that perform the initial carving of our plaques. In our CNC Router Shop, we have four large routing/carving machines: 

1. 12 x 5 ft table with Automatic Tool Changer

2. 10 x 5 ft table with Automatic Tool Changer

3. 8 x 5 ft table for 3-D carving

4. 4 x 4 ft table for 3-D carving

These are full-capability computer driven machines that are capable of automatically  and precisely carving both 3-D and 2.5-D designs in High-Density-Urethane (HDU) and all species of wood. They can also cut out and engrave  plastics such as PVC, HDPE, Acrylic, MDO, and thin sheet aluminum. To run these machines, we develop 3-D and 2.5-D geometric models of the plaque or sign to be carved using our design software ASPIRE,  which is hosted on six computers in our facility and in three remote locations where our contract 3-D designers are located. These models are input into computers which control  our routers, where they are  converted into tool paths used to guide the high-speed rotating router bits as they carve the plaques. These are precision machines with accuracies of 0.01 inches  in all three dimensions. It takes from 1 hour to as much as 36  hours to carve one plaque on one of these amazing machines, depending on the size and intricate details of the plaque. 3-D plaques take much  longer to carve than 2.5-D plaques. We also store large number of sheets of wood, HDU and other substrate materials waiting to be put on the router tables, as well as storing  the carved plaques when they come off the  tables. Fig 1 below shows photos taken in our CNC Router and Wood Shops.

Fig. 1 - The left photo shows two of our 4 CNC routers. Our sandblast booth is shown in the middle photo. A 2.5-D carved HDU sign after carving and sandblasting has been completed (before primer coating and painting) is shown in the right photo.

WOOD  AND METAL SHOPS

These shops are next door to our CNC Router Shop.   We have  a large sandblast booth (handles up to 14 feet signs), and a complete woodworking shop with many saws, routers, sanders, planers, joiners, drills, lathes, and 5 fine sanding and polishing tables.  We have a complete dust collection system that reduces the wood and HDU dust from cutting, carving, sanding and drilling operations.We also have a metal shop  where we can cut, bend, and weld various metals, and make custom aluminum signs, wrought iron hangers, and steel and aluminum posts and frames and other metal structures.  We  have access to a CNC water-jet cutter that can cut elaborate metal shapes precisely.  In our Metal shop, we also have a metal-plating  and polishing facility (bronze, brass, copper, silver-nickel, aluminum and stainless steel). Fig 2 below shows a panorama view of our Wood Shop.

Fig. 2 - This is a view of part of our Wood Shop. Our sandblast booth (rear center), dust collection equipment (left), saws, drills, planers, lathes, trimming, hand-sanding equipment & tables, and three craftsmen are shown in this photo. Our three large table routers are in the adjacent bay through the large open arch , not seen in this photo.

PAINT SHOP  

We have a  rwo full-capability Paint Shops, a Spaint Spray Shop, and a Fine Paintin Shop, both separated from the Wood Shop, to eliminate any dust problems.  Figs 3 and 4 below show views of one of our Paint Shop and packing & shipping area. We have a 16 ft wide  paint spray booth,  a large number of Matthews MAP and 1-Shot paint cans of various colors, computer paint mixing equipment,  metal plating materials, a heated humidity and temperature controlled drying room, seven work tables for painting, and paint sprayers, air brushes, mini-rollers, and artist brushes. We can print full-color digital vinyl giclee photo appliques for our  plaques. We also have gold-leaf and silver-leaf gilding equipment and tools in our Paint Shop.  Visitors to our factory are welcome any time during our business hours; we will give you a tour of our factory and show you some sign samples.