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e-NewsLetter Volume 13 Issue 19
Monday October 1, 2012

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In this issue:


Product Showcases


2012 SGIA Expo Imaging Indulgence
Déjà Vegas! The SGIA Expo is back in Vegas (October 18–20, 2012) to offer the imaging community the best spot for the latest advancements in wide-format, graphics application, screen, digital and more. With sales-free Expert Advice Zones, eye-opening educational sessions and the broadest range of imaging technologies on the market — the 2012 SGIA Expo may be the most indulgent imaging event yet.
Read on...


3M Unveils New Matte Wrap Films and More
3M introduces five new colors to its popular line of 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080, bringing users an even greater number of out-of-the-ordinary finishes, textures and color options to create customized vehicle wraps that stand out from the crowd. The new colors include Matte Pink, Gloss Red Metallic, Matte Orange, Matte Blue Metallic and Satin Black.
Read on...


Free Expo Pass -Be our Guest at the Sign World International Show
You are invited to attend Sign World International Show - November 29 - December 1, 2012 in Atlantic City. Simply click the link above to register for the show. Enter 'SignIndustry.com' in the Registration Code field. Badges will be mailed to your address. Free Registration offer valid only until November 8, 2012
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Real Gold, Inc, Introduces 22kt Gold Sign Vinyls
Introducing REALGOLD a substantially improved 22kt Gold Leaf Sign Vinyl for use on boats, fire apparatus and most any sign substrate. REALGOLD is available in four patterns; Burnished Gild, Florentine Antique, Large Engine Turn (7/8") and Extra Large Engine Turn (1-3/4") 15" Punched and 24" unpunched. Available in Non-Printable, Thermal Printable and Solvent Printable at low factory direct prices on-line.
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5 Reasons to Treat your CNC to ArtCAM Express
The ArtCAM team have compiled a video of their top-five features of ArtCAM Express. See how easy it is to create automatic vectors, generate 3D reliefs from images, use clipart from the included 3D relief library and machine your designs using the standard $149 software.
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Manual Laminators
Low cost and fast. A must have tool for any shop that works with vinyl.
Read on...



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Rejuvenation

    "Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together."
      --- Ray Bradbury

We all have days we wish we could have just stayed in bed. It is those times, especially if they happen more and more frequently, that should probably serve as a warning sign that it is time to truly rest --- not necessarily sleep, but take some time off for a little rest and relaxation. It is true that as with some illnesses, we might talk ourselves into taking time off at every turn. You know, like when we read that a headache precludes a stroke, we tend to think that the headache we have today is our last one and we should consider putting our affairs in order.

But if we listen closely to the clues, it may be time to stop pushing through the fatigue and actually take time away from work. It doesn't have to be a trip to Paris or a two-week vacation. Sometimes just an afternoon movie might do the trick or a full day at the park or beach.

    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
      --- George Best

Finding the right balance between work and rest has always been a challenged for folks like us. Business leaders tend to believe that we are the only ones in the world who can run the show and that if we leave it all goes to a very hot place in a handbag. That is a myth and we need to begin retraining our thoughts that we are not all that important. Sure, we know things that help the business, but if we are the only ones who can run the show then we've done a poor job of hiring. If we get captured, we need to know that others are in place to take the reins and keep truckin'.

    "Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."
      --- John Lubbock

If our sign business depends upon machinery to get the job done, what happens when the machine breaks down? Do we get it fixed? Of course we do, and we do it quickly because the business depends on it. The same is true with our bodies. If we break down we go to the doctor or the hospital and try to get well again. However, like our machinery, a little maintenance goes a long way. Neglect the machine and it will let you down. Neglect our bodies and we have either a mental or physical (or both) breakdown.

    "I don't even like to sleep - I feel as if there's too much to do."
      --- James Franco

There is always stuff to do. We can work at our business for 24 hours a day, every day, and still not feel we've scratched the surface. The work is always there, but we must heed the warning signs. There are plenty of ex-business leaders wishing they had taken time off to rejuvenate and get refreshed. The work is easier, the colors brighter, the smells fresher, and the people nicer after we've rested.

Take some time today to schedule a rest day or rest morning or afternoon. You know that if you don't schedule it, it won't happen. Be nice to you and you will be glad for it.

    "If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it."
      --- Herodotus


Advertiser - 2012 SGIA Expo Imaging Indulgence

2012 SGIA Expo Imaging Indulgence
Déjà Vegas! The SGIA Expo is back in Vegas (October 18–20, 2012) to offer the imaging community the best spot for the latest advancements in wide-format, graphics application, screen, digital and more. With sales-free Expert Advice Zones, eye-opening educational sessions and the broadest range of imaging technologies on the market — the 2012 SGIA Expo may be the most indulgent imaging event yet.

http://www.sgia.org/events/current_expo/sgia12/


Feature Articles

Succession Planning
By Mark E. Battersby

Sooner or later, everyone thinks about retirement or dies. Face the facts, one will happen.
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Recent Developments in Screen Printed Decorative Architectural Glass
By Mike Young

Screen printed glass is everywhere. It's at home, in the streets, in stores, in the workplace, in learning centers, on public transportation and in restaurants. In fact, it appears more than most people often recognize.
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Advertiser - Welcome to the Fabulous SGIA Zones

Welcome to the Fabulous SGIA Zones
Attend the 2012 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 18–20) to explore new market opportunities at SGIA's exclusive Expert Advice Zones, many of which offer free daily educational sessions. Industry experts will be on-hand to answer questions and demonstrate the latest trends for the specialty imaging industry.

Register today for your free Expo pass!

Funny Signs

On a poster at Kencom:

    "Are You an Adult That Cannot Read? If So, We Can Help!"

In a cemetery:

    "Persons Are Prohibited From Picking Flowers From Any But Their Own Graves!"

In A Tokyo Bar:

    "Special Cocktails For The Ladies With Nuts"

We need those funny signs you've seen in your travels, come on, we know they're out there.
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  Sean Scott
  Managing Editor

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