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Aug 5, 2018

Fresh Impressions

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Our client, St. Joseph Hospital, wanted to update and upgrade the look of their donor plaques in the hospital’s Emergency Department. Working with company President, Charlene Hesketh, design concepts were presented and approved.

Fabrication of these signs required a piece of ½″ thick acrylic with beveled and polished edges with a blue marble image applied to the background. On 1/8″ acrylic our direct-to-board printer with white ink was used to add the donor information to each sign. Holes were drilled in each piece to allow standoffs to be used to secure the donor plaque on the wall. All of these pieces were cut and drilled on our AXYZ router. To minimize disruption during installation, our crew arrived at 5:00 a.m. and completed the project before 10:00 a.m.

Do you have a need for new wall signs to recognize donors, identify offices or make a fresh impression with your clients, staff or stakeholders? If so, give us a call. We’d be happy to bring your vision to reality. We are Photomation — Imagination Thrives Here™

Jul 29, 2018

Fun-Loving Impressions

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Our client, St. Joseph Hospital, wanted to provide a more fun-loving environment in their Children Radiation Oncology unit at St. Joseph Cancer Center. Working with the amazing nurses of this unit, the goal was to make their recovery room feel happy. Photomation was asked to come up with under-the-sea images to put on the windows. Since the nurses need to see into the room, window perf was specified for this project.

Perforated window film, or window perf for short, is a material you see all the time on vehicle graphics. It is applied to windows to allow the driver to see out and others to see the image from the outside. The product is printed on one side and see-through on the other side. Our staff added a laminate to make cleaning easier. Applying the graphics to the windows totally transformed the feel of this room.

To help create a more fun-loving space, the nurses also wanted to add a sweet quote over the doors showing how much they love the kids they provide care for. Using cut vinyl lettering, our installer put the words above the doorway so all the kids can see it.

“Putting up those graphics in the Radiation Oncology unit at St. Joe’s Cancer Center today was an unbelievably good feeling,” says Photomation president Charlene Hesketh. “The nurses are amazing people. They say that the kids come in crying but leave happy and the new atmosphere these graphics provide will help everyone involved. I love what I get to do!”

Making impressions is what we do best. Does your company have an area in your office, lobby or boardroom where you want to make an impression? If so, give us a call. We’d be happy to bring your vision to reality. We are Photomation — Imagination Thrive Here™

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Jul 15, 2018

Proper Painting Preparation Prevents Problems

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One of the questions we get asked is, “How do you want my newly built wall prepared for your wallcovering application?” Proper preparation of the wall surface for wallcovering can prevent problems that occur either during installation or long after the material is put up. Here are some quick pointers.

On newly installed drywall, it is imperative to have it dry and wiped clean of any dust. Then it needs to be painted, using a short nap roller, with a primer and ideally two coats of a semi-gloss or glossy paint. The smoother the surface, the better the end results will be. Imperfections, bumps, dips, etc within the wall will be seen when you install many types of wallcovering.

Adequate drying time is needed before we adhere the wallcovering to the newly painted wall. Without properly cured paint, the wallcovering may lift off or peel away due to the moisture build up underneath the wallcovering. We recommend at least 3 days, ideally 5 days, before we begin the installation.

Low luster, matte and satin latex finishes can also be a problem. Additives to these paints can inhibit the adhesion of the wallcovering. Graffiti-resistant paints can also be a problem due to special components that prevent graffiti from adhering to the wall will also prevent wallcovering from adhering to the wall.

With a little bit of planning and knowledge you can ensure beautiful results. Proper painting preparation prevents problems. We are Photomation — Imagination Thrives Here™

Jul 8, 2018

Other Level Impressions

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Our client, Mission Hospital, was recently awarded the Highest Quality 5-Star Rating. This prestigious recognition is given to hospitals that demonstrate high marks in a variety of important measures. Using the highly visible elevators located throughout the multi-tower hospital, graphics were added to tell the hospital’s story to its patients, visitors and staff.

Printed on 3M 180C with 8520 lam the panels were sized to fit three different types of elevator doors. Installation was performed by our professional team of installers and coordinated with hospital staff to minimize the time an elevator was out of service to complete the install.

The end result is more awareness of the 5-Star rating for Mission Hospital and how the staff takes their commitment to the community they serve to a whole new level.

Do you have a story you want to visually tell your clients, staff or stakeholders? If so, give us a call. We’d be happy to turn your vision into reality. We are Photomation — Imagination Thrives Here™

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Jul 1, 2018

Delivery Impressions

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Our client, Mission Hospital, wanted to change a graphic in their newly expanded Mother-Baby Delivery area. The nurses in this unit didn’t feel that the original graphic provided for the renovation was sending the right visual message. Working with company president, Charlene Hesketh, a new graphic was provided and finishing options were presented.

Printed on Epson Glossy paper and face mounted to ¼″ non-glare acrylic, the old piece was removed and the new piece was inserted into the existing frame. The nursing staff was thrilled with the simple, yet important, change the new graphic made to the look and feel of the room.

Do you have graphics you want to replace or upgrade? If so, give us a call. We’d be happy to help bring your vision to reality. We are Photomation — Imagination Thrives Here™

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