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e-NewsLetter Volume 12 Issue 19
Monday October 3, 2011

In this issue:

Product Showcases

Manual Laminators
Low cost and fast. A must have tool for any shop that works with vinyl.
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Scotchcal Brand Gloss Overlaminate 8508 from 3M, a higher gloss intermediate cast film at a great price
A 2.3- mil clear vinyl intermediate cast film at a calendared price, with a three-year expected performance life and less shrinkage than calendared products. 8508 provides ultraviolet and physical protection and is suitable for flat and simple curve applications. Sample rolls are available at
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Banner Hemming the Easy Way, the Banner Cyclone from US Banner
Quickly and easily installs double-sided banner tape into the hems automatically. Now gain full control over jobs in-house, while doing a great job for your customer and saving money! Hem your banners with a consistent, neat and in a perfectly straight line every time. Now on sale for only $3695. See a video demo at, by clicking above.
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Sign Manufacturing Equipment Auction Tuesday, October 11 at 10:00 AM (Live & Webcast) - Grid Sign Systems - Surplus Assets No Longer Required
2008 ACCU-BEND 410 w/ Feed & Robot, 1998 RAS 62.30 Turbo Bend Plus, 10’ BG & 52.31 Shear, 2002 MULTICAM 3000 CNC Router, 2002 FREIGHTLINER FL70 w/ELLIOT ECG-4-85 Crane(Subject to Prior Sale), 2006 FORD E350 Utility Body, 2001 FORD E350 SD Bucket Lift, 2000 ISUZU FRR Diesel 24’ Straight Truck, JBI Auto Truck Spray Booth w/Air Make-Up, AKZO-NOBEL Paints, 2007 CLAUSING Auto Horizontal Band Saw, EDWARDS Ironworker, GUIFIL Hydraulic Brake, RAS & PROMECAM Shears, GREENLEE Hydraulic Bender & Puller, GERBER Cutter Plotter, 150+ Rolls of Vinyl, CANON Proofer, Cutter Plotters, (2) 40’ Cargo Containers, GENERAC 15 KW Generator, 30,000 lbs Aluminum Sheets, Extrusions & more. Click above for more info.
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New SignLab Version 9 - More Than Just New Features for Signmakers.
True value to our existing upgrading customers and unmatched sign software features to new customers. SignLab 9 provides streamlined workflows that Signmakers specified, and new processing speeds that are faster than anything the market has seen to date. Extremely large bitmap files are not only processed faster during the design application but also during the entire RIP process for either print or print and cut output.
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2011 SGIA Expo- The Specialty Printing & Imaging Technology Expo, October 19-21, 2011 in New Orleans
This is not your father's trade show! The SGIA Expo draws thousands of specialty imagers from around the world to one massive show floor. Attendees will hear unmatched educational presentations, navigate through hundreds of exhibitors and see the hottest technologies on the market.
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Fun at Work

    "A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts."
      --- Richard Branson

When I was in my late teens, I worked for an employer who frowned upon any jocularity of any kind during working hours. He saw having fun while working as a sign that the work must not be getting done if there is laughter. His philosophy was that work should be seen as a curse which meant that it is a punishment that cannot be avoided and that we employees must put our noses to the grindstone and suffer through the workday.

Of course there is some validity to keeping work as work and play as play. When we are hired to complete a project for a customer or one of our employees is brought on to work, it is expected that the time is used wisely and that the work does not become all fun and games. Problems arise though when all fun is stifled and along with it, all creativity.

    "The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life."
      --- Charles Schwab

Finding the right balance of work and fun is usually left up to the individual. We can all probably recall a recent project that consumed all of our energy. If we really look back at the process, we may remember some little "tricks" we used to make the project more exciting, more interesting, and simply more fun. It is these tricks that allow us to meet deadlines and to be creative in our overcoming of the ever-present obstacles.

Since we know that we allow ourselves to have fun while working, and still succeed at our work, it only makes sense to give ourselves even more freedom to do so. In other words, if a little fun makes the project doable and satisfactory in the eyes of the customer, why not increase the fun in our work?

    "You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
      --- Mark Twain

When you think about the creative folks getting hired by software companies or the artists that are given free range to create sculptures for public parks, it gives you a sense of the fun that you and your team should be having in your business. The tech companies such as Apple and Google shouldn't be the only ones hiring creative, fun people. It is not simply the "artsy-fartsy" crowd that should have pleasure in their work. We all can ease up just a wee bit and take off our shoes for a while.

    "I like to build things, I like to do things. I am having a lot of fun."
      --- Walter Chrysler

Obviously, work is a serious part of our lives and helps to provide food, clothing, and shelter for our families and the families of our team members. And the service we provide for our customers should be seen as a serious endeavor, performed with honesty and integrity. But we can do all of this with a little fun sprinkled in as well.

This week, think about the places you go to and the services that you use and try to focus in on the businesses that seem to be having fun while serving you. I'll bet that you'll notice that the service is better and the products are top notch. I'll bet you will see more smiles and less anxiety on the faces of the employees. I'll just bet that you might wish your business was like that business.

    "I find that the standard of living does not go up in proportion with the cost of living. The trick in life is to do things that are fun all the time."
      --- Warren Buffett

Advertiser - Océ Arizona Series Printers

The Right Printer Design for New Revenue-Generating Applications

Winner of 25 industry awards, the Océ Arizona® Series UV flatbed printers give your business the freedom to discover new revenue-generating applications that a hybrid simply can't - and for good reason - it's the right design!

The stationary flatbed design allows for greater application versatility and productivity. Océ VariaDot ™ technology produces an image quality that is near-photographic with sharpness only before seen at resolutions of 1,440 dpi or higher. Low operating cost, too, since this technology requires only 4-color inks to achieve the best image quality in the industry. As a result, the Océ Arizona printers use 30-50% less ink compared to competitive 6-color systems.

Add the roll-to-roll and white ink options for even more application versatility. Two table sizes accommodate either one or two standard 4' x 8' boards. With more than 2,500 systems sold, the Océ Arizona Series is the best selling series of UV flatbed printers in history. To learn more, stop at the Océ booth, # 1519, at the SGIA EXPO in October, or visit

Feature Articles

Maximizing Profitability in Sign & Graphics Shops
By David King

Controlling costs, pricing strategies, up-selling & more
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Campus Dynamic Signage Networks: Communications Value and New Revenues, Part II
By Lyle Bunn

In this second-part of the series, the inherent capabilities of Dynamic Campus Signage.
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Advertiser - 2011 SGIA Expo - New Orleans

2011 SGIA Expo- The Specialty Printing & Imaging Technology Expo
October 19-21, 2011 in New Orleans

The SGIA Expo draws thousands of specialty imagers from around the world to one massive show floor. Attendees will hear unmatched educational presentations, navigate through hundreds of exhibitors and see the hottest technologies on the market.

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Funny Signs

Outside of a craft shop in Illinois:

    "Notice to all shoplifters: Please help us by stealing only the crap we cannot sell"

On the fence of a scrap metal yard:

    "Warning: Fence Treated with Lubricant!"

Newcastle Tramway Authority:

    "Touching Wires Causes Instant Death and $200 Fine!"

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