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Issue Date: Vol. 46, No. 1, January 2006, Posted On: 2/16/2006


Side Panels, Bank Alignment Spacers Extend Tuffronts Lineup


Tim Sanford
Editor@vendingtimes.net

DALLAS — Tuffronts has introduced several enhancements to its innovative vending machine refinishing lineup.

The flagship Tuffront is a durable precut textured plastic panel that replaces the old vinyl on a vender front. Unveiled at the NAMA National Expo was a line of matching side panels, available in standard pica and bison black styles.

Also extending the line is an alignment bracket kit, consisting of a sturdy plate formed with two spacer prongs extending down from one edge. Two of these, mounted to the tops of adjacent venders with half-inch self-tapping screws, hold the machines an inch apart for uniform appearance and prevent them from being shaken.

Tuffronts also offers a custom area treatment system, which includes graphics imprinted on ABS material laminated to a corrugated plastic support. These panels slide over six-gauge wire mounting brackets secured to the top of the machines with  half-inch self-tapping screws.

Unlike vinyl coverings, Tuffronts are rigid, simplifying their application and avoiding “bubbles” and tears. They’re pre-cut to fit a wide range of machines, and are easy to modify. The company supplies a high-strength 3M “peel back” adhesive for affixing the panel to the machine. The basic Tuffront comes in standard black (pica or bison texture).

The company also offers a wide variety of custom graphics. These include vinyl laminated to a Tuffront kit, such as Sterling Royce, slate and a range of other popular stylings. Product-specific graphics kits may be ordered for snack, hot beverage and food machines, as well as custom headers that reinforce the merchandising impact. Location-specific graphics can be specified. Panoramic graphic panels (extending a theme across the entire front of the bank) also are available. Rounding out the line are custom backlit panels for cold beverage equipment, decals, and static-cling transparencies with custom graphics.

Tuffronts enlivened the National Automatic Merchandising Association National Expo by conducting a sweepstakes for three attractive prizes. The winners were drawn during the last hour of the show by Tuffronts president Robert Liva and VENDING TIMES president and publisher Alicia B. Lavay-Kertes. First prize, an Automatic Products international 113 snack vender, was won by Aldo Waters, Southern Vending Co. (Ardmore, OK). Blaine Plascove, B.S.B. Vending (Canoga Park, CA) was the second-prize winner, receiving 50 Tuffronts custom headers. Winning the third prize, 10 Tuffront kits, was Bill Rogers, Rogers Vending Co. (Elk Grove Village, IL).

Information may be had from Tuffronts by calling (866) 406-1989 or (972) 406-1989, or visiting tuffronts.cc.

Topic: Vending Features

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