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Benson Signs comes back for seconds

Benson Signs comes back for seconds

Widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s largest sign manufacturers, Benson Signs was originally founded in 1969, and now resides in the northern docks area of Liverpool, where it operates from a 50,000sq.ft design and production space that was once made up of tenement buildings, an engineering works and a pub. 

The company is well-equipped and has long been regarded as an opinion leader and innovator, being one of the first sign companies to introduce line-following laser-profiling, thus supplementing or replacing traditional technologies such as band-saws and pantographs. It was also home to the UK’s very first computerised routing system, which took sign production beyond its dependency on templates and drawn input and into the digital production age.

Benson Signs has always taken its environmental responsibilities seriously and is recognised by The Carbon Trust. Today, almost 40kW finds its way into its electricity supply from the PV panels on its factory roof. Evaporative cooling aids workplace comfort without the environmental overhead of air-conditioning and two solar water heating systems further reduce the company’s energy consumption. In addition, the whole factory is illuminated with LEDs and increasingly, it is using materials with recycled content in its manufacturing output.

Many of the most familiar businesses on the high street, and those beyond, rely on Benson Sign for the signing and other identity continuations that support and distinguish their brands. Their needs are well met as it is able to offer its clients design and project management services and production output from all modern sign manufacturing processes, as well as some of the more traditional sign arts, such as screenprinting.

Benson Signs works with a diverse range of materials that reflect the disparate needs of its customers. Plastics, metals and naturally occurring woods feature, in addition to recycled and engineered materials and modern composites. These materials are all machined or processed in-house and are often used in creative alliance with others in the pursuit of the imaginative sign fabrication solutions for which Benson Signs is renowned

Demand for Benson Signs’ services and output had recently grown to the extent that more production capacity was needed in order to maintain service levels and the quality that is expected. Accordingly, the company opted to purchase its second Tekcel router, an EXR CNC production routing platform, supplied by Complete CNC Solutions.

The Tekcel EXR is available in a selection of sizes and can handle today’s’ sheet sizes easily and efficiently. With 30mm recirculating ballscrews, it’s engineered to deliver exceptional cut quality without post-cutting manual intervention and is clean to operate. Complete CNC Solutions can supply Tekcel CNC routers and digital cutters with a range of safety measures, including area and boundary-guarding IR lasers, thus making the system fully compliant with modern workplace standards.

Production needs are handled on the EXR routing platforms by a 9kW spindle and automated tool-changing, while very effective vacuum material holding systems keep the workpiece securely anchored. In use, jobs that would otherwise require manual intervention can be completed in one operation involving multiple tool changes. Complete CNC Solutions also makes knife-cutting and print-cut registration systems available for the Tekcel EXR, while a podium mounted touch-screen operator console greatly simplifies the system’s operation.

The Tekcel EXR is many miles removed from the UK’s earliest computerised router, which was installed at Benson Signs in the 1980s. However, the team that operates it is still steeped in the customer-led business ethos that ensures that the company continues to thrive. A versatile tool in the hands of a highly trained and creative workforce can achieve great things. The evidence is there – in every high street.

 For further information on Benson Signs, visit: www.benson-signs.co.uk

 For further information on Complete CNC Solutions, visit: www.completecnc.co.uk

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