Custom Capabilities Pt. 1: Branding and Signage

We pride ourselves on the superior craftsmanship that makes our pedestals less of a display piece and more a work of art. But our ultimate goal isn’t to push our own brand. Our ultimate goal is that your piece, whether it is a product you are selling or your favorite sculpture, would attract the attention it deserves. That’s why we are willing to go the furthest distance to offer personalized branding with our pedestal products.

Want your company’s name and logo permanently engraved on your pedestal? No problem. We have several options for applying your branding to our products. Does it get much more custom than that? Read about your options below.

Direct-to-Surface Printing

Have your personalized logo or design printed directly onto the surface of your Pedestal Source product, using top-of-the-line, durable ink to create a vibrant image that lasts.

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Vinyl Die-Cut Stickers

A vinyl die-cut personalized logo or design applied directly to the surface of your Pedestal Source Product. The thick, scratch-resistant sticker will seamlessly adhere to any of our available surface materials.

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Laser Engraving

Have your personalized logo or design laser engraved onto your Pedestal Source product for ultimate durability and sophistication.

 

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Full Color Wraps

Don’t confine your printed pattern or image to just one side of your pedestal — with a full color wrap, we can apply any color of design to two, three, or all sides of your product for 360 degrees of personalized ambience.

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Backlit Acrylic Lettering and Designs

Add depth to your product’s logo with backlit acrylic lettering that uses aluminum-routing and provides a halo-effect for the lighted focal point.

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After Hours at the Woodshop: Elliot’s “Shinto” Table

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At the center of any piece of art is its inspiration and for decades, traditional Japanese architecture has been at the center of much Western design. The unornamented, simple structures that concentrate on the importance of creating space, rather than filling it, is irresistibly intriguing to many Western craftsman, architects and designers, including the team here at Xylem Design.

So, it’s no surprise that one of our beloved dudes working on the floor, Elliot Martin, envisioned this solid cherry/walnut wood coffee table with a soaring tabletop and minimal supporting legs. The horizontal shelf located below the tabletop carves out a generous space within the structure, ushering a feeling of security and sacredness into the display of whatever treasure it might one day guard. The elements of balance, harmony and long, interplaying lines apparent in this exquisite piece evoke an image of a traditional Shinto shrine or a hand-penned Japanese character.

 

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While you might be hung up on these powerful Japanese nuances in the design, Elliot said the focal piece, as he’d have it, is the wood.

“The first thing I did was just go to the lumber yard and pick out some cherry and walnut from the lumber yard. I wanted to build around the wood — I wanted the tabletop to be the centerpiece, not the design,” he said.

 

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“I didn’t do much design beforehand. I just started building, playing around with the wood. I milled all the wood myself and once you mill it, you lose lots of wood and you just see what you are left with and go from there.”

 

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Elliot worked on the table here at the Xylem shop for about two weeks — squeezing in an hour or two here and there after his shift. Our employees often pursue personal projects after hours at the shop, when inspired.

“That’s one major perk of working here,” Elliot said. “It’s really nice to have the shop and all this nice machinery at our disposal.”

All the wood cost him a total of $120 and was sourced at a local lumber yard in Fort Collins. Unfortunately, for all of us reaching for our wallets to name our price, the table isn’t for sale and will be accompanying him on his move to Bozeman, MT later this summer.

However, this is a perfect example of the ingenuitive design and quality craftsmanship that distinguish all Xylem Design’s products. Do you have an original idea like Elliot? While the majority of our work is with laminate sheet goods, we love working alongside our customers to provide unique solutions to their needs. Call us today and we’ll set up a live design session using our Gemba Cam!

 

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Giovanna Wheels x Pedestal Source

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For their 2015 SEMA exhibit, WTW needed some simple cylindrical displays to spin their world famous wheels and round out their exhibit. Pictured above are 16 of our white cylinders with motorized turn tables, rotating their Giovanna & Gianelle wheels. At 1 RPM, these weren’t your average spinners, equipped with a reverse-spin safety system for the handsy passersby, inverted caster support, and custom vinyl signage.

Photo by the talented folks at exposuresltd.com

Tour our Facility!

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As a lean manufacturing company, we’re all about Continuous Improvement, also known as Kaizen. Part of our continuous improvement involves opening up our doors to others. This opens opportunity for engaging dialogue (the best way to learn is to teach) with great questions and fresh eyes like yours!

If you’re interested in touring our facility and learning more about lean manufacturing, we would love to have you visit.

Contact us at (800) 333-9953 or info@xylemdesign.com to schedule a tour. Just ask for Seth or Dallas.

Our Lighted Pedestal Bulb Standards: BEWARE

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Dear Customers,
If you have one of our lighted pedestals (spotlight or ambient), please DO NOT USE AN INCANDESCENT BULB! Only use a CFL or LED bulb UP TO 25 WATTS. The wrong bulb could cause a fire.
 
A customer tried to use an incandescent bulb and it started to smoke! We have never had an issue with this in the ten years we’ve been building these lighted pedestals and we don’t plan to have one in the next ten. Click the video above for more info.
We love our customers and hate the idea of our product putting them and their homes in harms way. Thank you for trusting us with all of your display needs!

Custom Display for Calibur 11’s EA Battlefield 3 Cases

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We build custom all the time. When Calibur 11 needed a trade show display to promote their Battlefield 3-inspired “Vault” cases for XBOX and Playstation gaming systems, they came to us to design a custom-lit display with a dust cover equipped with Security Torx. The ambient-lit top and custom logo wrap rounded out this sharp, simple display system. These are some of our favorite types of projects, getting to work with the customer to meet their custom needs and, hopefully, exceed their expectations regarding quality and painless design-process.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Sheen

What is Sheen?
Sheen means “a soft luster on a surface.” Synonyms are luster, shine, gloss, brilliance.

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Sheen Standards at Pedestal Source
Standard Laminates (Black/White) – Satin
Premium Laminates – Matte to Gloss
Lacquers (Clear/Opaque) – Matte & Satin
Acrylics – Frosted & Gloss

Note: While there are technical measurements for sheen, even those are relative to the calibrating surface. What’s more, these technical measurements don’t always align with popular usage. If you are concerned about whether our “matte” is your “matte” and you aren’t in a rush, we’re happy to send you a sample.

Getting Technical
Sheen is measured by an instrument called a Gardner 60 Gloss Meter, which measures the light emitted from the instrument at a specified incident angle, reflected from the surface of the dried coating being measured at the same angle, to a receiver. The instrument compares the emitted light to the received light and computes the difference to determine the amount directly reflected versus the light scattered or diffused by that surface. It compares the results to results of the same test performed on a calibrating surface, such as a highly polished black glass plate. The calibrating surface should register 100 on this scale.

  • Gloss- 90% sheen
  • Semi-gloss, between about 60% and 70% sheen
  • Satin- 50% sheen
  • Low satin- 30% to 40% sheen
  • Matte or flat- 10% sheen
(www.woodshopnews.com/columns-blogs/finishing/502077-shedding-light-on-getting-the-right-sheen)

 

Memorializing 9/11 – Custom Displays

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We recently had the opportunity to build custom pedestals for a display memorializing the 9/11 attacks. Fire Chief Russ Wood from Glendale Heights, Illinois called us to help him design displays to feature three special items he received from a fellow firefighter in New York City: soil from the crash site in Pennsylvania, a building block from the Pentagon, and a corroded steel rod from one of the fallen World Trade Center towers.

Along with the use of our overhead lighting and custom acrylic wedges, used to tilt the soil and building block toward the observer, we also engineered a system of magnets and metal supports for the corroded steel rod to expertly display these unique, meaningful artifacts.

The goal at Xylem is mind-blowing customer service, in this case meaning we do whatever necessary to find a solution that allows the artifacts displayed to shine, without the displays themselves getting in the way. This is particularly important with sensitive projects such as memorializing 9/11.

Beyond paying condolences to the lives lost, Russ told us the display also serves to remind the Glenside Fire Department of the necessary sacrifices they perform on a daily basis.

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Join us for a Conversation with Ritsuo Shingo in Fort Collins, CO

A Conversation with Ritsuo Shingo, Presented by Xylem Design

When:   May 12, 2015 @ 8:30 – 11:30 AM

Where:  Powerhouse Energy Institute

(430 N College, Fort Collins, CO 80524)

Space is limited!

Reserve your seats now by emailing seth@xylemdesign.com

 

Recommended For

Executive leaders

Owners of small to large companies

General Managers

Lean Leaders

HR and Culture Leads

Anyone curious about Lean Manufacturing

 

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Gain insider-insight to Lean leadership and best practices for successful culture development from a sensei of Lean in an intimate setting. Come with your burning questions!

 

Included

Presentation by Ritsuo Shingo (2 hrs)

Q&A with Mr. Shingo (1 hrs)

 

Ritsuo Shingo Bio

With over 40 years’ experience in lean manufacturing, Ritsuo Shingo started working for Toyota in 1970 and later became the president of Toyota China and Hino Motors. Mr. Shingo currently heads the Institute of Management Improvement, a company started by his father, Dr. Shigeo Shingo, who was instrumental in the creation of the Toyota Production System. Mr. Ritsuo Shingo consults with high-level corporate executives worldwide on the subject of Lean leadership and has extended the commitment to Lean into the next generation of world-class organizations.