SDS Automation TeamThe ISA Sign Expo is a fantastic trade show that we look forward to participating in every year. While the shows are always great, some years are extra special and this year’s (2019) show was one of best. What makes one year better than another, you may wonder. With shows alternating between Orlando, FL and Las Vegas, NV, weather is not usually a factor.

Product line-up, on the other hand, is very important and this year we introduced two new automated machines, the ChannelBender® XD and ChannelSander™. Both machines are completely unique, the “first and only” of their kind in the sign making industry and as such, they attracted a lot of interest.

ChannelBender XD

The ChannelBender XD is the first and only channel letter bender capable of bending .080″ aluminum coil. With it’s ability to bend from .032″-.080″ thick aluminum coil ranging from 1.5″ to 8.5″ in height, the XD is the perfect workhorse for the shop that wants to make flanged or reverse channel letters.


Our ChannelSander will certainly prove to be one of our most useful innovations yet, by allowing sign makers to sand their letters before they bend them. Sanding and vacuuming return material before forming letters will slash labor costs. Not only will it work with all ChannelBenders, it will work with other manufacturer’s benders as well.

Unveiling new products like these at ISA 2019 generated a great deal of excitement and we were thrilled with their reception. If you missed seeing these at the show, you can visit our California showroom throughout the year! Just call or email to make an appointment.

If you’re one who really likes to plan ahead, mark your calendar for next year’s ISA Expo which will return to Orlando, Florida, April 1-4, 2020, and don’t forget to check back for the latest updates.