Monday, May 14, 2012

Salem VA Medical Center LED Sign Upgrade!

Salem VA Medical Center located in Salem Virginia, has been improving the health of the men and women who have proudly served our nation.  Services are available to more than 112,500 veterans living in a 26-county area of southwestern Virginia.

They contacted up about replacing their outdated existing outdoor LED's Signs new ones.  We have diligently working with Salem  to insure that the installation performed went as smooth as possible.  This included an on site meeting and site survey to prepare and design the appropriate package.  In this particular project we sourced a High Resolution (16mm) full color LED sign to be installed at two entrances at the Salem VA.

Custom cabinet created to house the LED sign.

High Resolution LED installed in cabinet and tested prior to installation!

Original double sided LED sign at a secondary entrance.

Original single sided LED sign at entrance.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Entech Signs employee earns the Certified Church Consultant certificate

ENTECH SIGNS employee, Shannon Hockaday, earns the National Association of Church Design Builders Certified Church Consultant (CCC) status.  Individuals from all over the United States gathered at the Ballpark in Arlington last September to either renew their CCC or obtain first time certification.  The course consisted of three full days of lectures and many hands on applications.  Certification seekers heard from various church pastors, church builders, finance specialists and marketing experts.

The students had to take the information they heard and apply it to real life situations that churches are experiencing when they are deciding whether or not to build a new building, add on to an existing site or consider a multi-site location. Churches all over the country are adding LED signs and LCD signs to their buildings.  This is the most effective way to communicate with staff, members and visitors both inside and outside the church building.

Digital Signage allows churches an economical and simple way to communicate with visitors and members about church events. Several ways churches are utilizing their Digital Signage is by promoting and informing the community of: Vacation Bible School, Guest Speakers, Mission Trips, Special Performances, Bible Study Groups, Youth Trips, Support Groups, Food Pantry, etc. Churches can also display daily Bible verses, Topics of Upcoming Discussions, Budgetary information, Congratulations to Members on a Birth or Marriage or even share a Prayer List.
The possibilities are endless with Churches using Digital Signage. Most custom software is very user friendly and can allow the information to be scheduled weeks at a time or updated at a moment’s notice from a secure PC. Basic Software allows users to input information or files from Microsoft Office, upload pictures from a jpeg or gif file and display video.
With the number of people constantly moving in and out of a church facility, it can be hard to interact with each individual on a personal level. Using digital signage to direct visitors to their destination or answer questions about classes and upcoming events is a valuable way to keep everyone in your congregation involved and up-to-date.
Other useful ways churches are using Digital Signage:

• Continually and effectively communicate with members and visitors
• Transmit live and/or pre-recorded video sermons
• Show calendars of upcoming events
• Display maps and directions for visitors
• Share the church’s involvement in the community with the congregation
• Provide recognition to current sponsors and donors
• Display videos or other content from your website
• Expand your message to screens in other buildings on site
• Instantly send out emergency warnings and information

Churches are getting with the times. Thousands of religious organizations are adding Digital Signage to their buildings and therefore are creating more effective forms of communication. Static letter boards tend to get ignored by members of congregations. Many times this type of communication is left with the same message on it for weeks at a time. Letters begin to fall off or dangle and therefore the message becomes lost. To solve this dilemma, First Baptist Church in Arlington, TX has added several LCD's to their lobbies, hallways and classrooms. With Digital Signage, the message is always vibrant, fresh, eye-catching and can allow for unlimited information to be given. Digital Signage can allow the church to deliver multiple messages on a single screen. First Baptist Church, using the LCD screens, is now able to provide visitors with directions to classes via the campus map, list class times and topics, share upcoming Mission Trip details, honor staff for extraordinary service, showcase new members, recruit help for community service projects and remind members of Seasonal activities. The LCD screens are also showing the sermon LIVE form the auditorium for those individuals who need to step in the lobby for a moment.

Whether a church chooses to add Digital Signage to the outdoor or indoors of their campus, it is sure to make the church much more productive and informative to its staff and congregation. The quickest and easiest way to gain new members and to inform the exisisting members is to add Digital Signage to the building or campus. Almost every church says it is by far one of the best forms of marketing, advertising and community outreach for their Church!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Jolt to LED Sign Fries Power Terminal... Benefits of a Well Designed Sign

Recently one of our customers noticed that our sign was off.  After checking the breaker they realized it had been tripped.  Turning the breaker back on did not turn the sign on as normal.  After opening up the sign I was shocked to discover that there seemed to have been a short in the sign causing the electrical to melt the terminal block where the power came in.

Luckily after examining the electronics nothing else was physically damaged or burned out. Good thing the engineers who designed the sign already put in emergency measures to protect the sensitive electronics from problems just like this.  From this terminal the power is fed into the electronics, but before that their were 2 10amp fuses designed to prevent too much power from reaching the electronics.  

If those 10amp fuses have not been there its potentially possible that the whole sign could have been fried and we would have needed to spend countless man hours replacing and troubleshooting the sign to get it back into working condition.

When shopping for signs make sure good quality and well designed sign and not just looking for the cheapest sign available.  Long term it could be much more cost effective and beneficial if you got with a better product to prevent having to do costly maintenance on it every year.  

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Patrick AFB Installation

Due to the age and the extreme weather conditions at Patrick AFB their old LED Sign finally stopped functioning at their secondary entrance.  Since the existing structure was still in good shape they refurbished it and were able to reuse it without having to start from scratch and building a new monument for the sign to sit on top of.  Entech signs provided them with a high resolution full color LED Sign to put in place and coordinated the installation of the sign, and communication equipment.

We reused the brick monument from the old sign.  A new metal support structure was installed to support the new sign.

Arrival of the new sign!

Sign being hoisted into place on the existing structure.

Completed installation.

Camera was unable to capture the whole image of the sign properly due to the signs high refresh rate, but these images should get you a good idea of what the signs are capable of.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Don't let a malfunctioning LED Marquee prevent you from being heard!

Do you have an urgent message or important date coming up?  Do you need to make sure that your viewers get informed but are currently having issues due to a malfunctioning sign?

Message shrunk and pushed to the left to avoid non-functional part of the sign

Sometimes you just need to get creative and work around the problematic errors.  Depending on the exact problem if you have just a portion of the sign out you can re-create your messages to only utilize the good portions of the sign.  This allows you to get messages you need out immediately to your target audience without having to wait until the sign can be properly repaired.  

Having issues with your Electronic Signs?  Contact us at:

(972) 641-0390

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Digital LED Sign Freezing / Locking Up....

LED Signs just like any other electronic equipment can lock up on occasion.  This is especially true since LED Signs typically run days, weeks, months, or even years without ever seeing a power cycle.  They also operate in a very harsh environment experiencing extremely hot temperatures during the summer, cold winters, and everything in between including, rain, snow, hail, lighting and anything else you could possibly think of.

When your sign freezes or malfunctions don't panic!  It could be just a simple lock up similar to what your computer might experience.  All you need to do is to perform a simple power cycle.  Typically this is performed by simply turning your breaker off for around 1 minute and powering it back on.  Performing this simple task could potentially save you from having a very costly service call performed on your sign.

Sign which froze during normal usage.  

Doing a simple power off and on quickly resolved the issue.  It's so simple even your grandma can do it!

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LED Signs are tough, but this is riduculous....

LED Signs are designed to withstand all types of punishing damage whether it be rain, thunderstorms, rocks or the occasional baseball.  However nothing surprised me more then to find one of our signs was shot through with what looked like to be a high caliber bullet.  This particular bullet went through 2 metal enclosures, damaged 2 LED boards and cut through electrical wiring in the sign.  I wonder if the insurance policy covers "shot by bullets?"

Bullet found in the enclosure of the sign.

  Where the bullet entered the enclosure causing electrical wiring damage to the sign.

 Bullet ricocheted off the metal framing on the backside of the LED module.

 Part of the grounding wire was blown off and found in another part of the enclosure.

 Force from the impact on the rear of the LED module caused the LED to pop out.

 Where the bullet entered the sign.

Bullet going through the metal enclosure/cabinet of the sign.

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