The Online Magazine For The Sign Trade
e-NewsLetter Volume 13 Issue 20
Monday October 15, 2012

In this issue:

Product Showcases

1200 Stock Sign Graphics - Exclusive Deal Ends October 15, 2012!
SignElements is the website everyone’s talking about. Sign up and get access to millions of high-res photos, sign graphics, illustrations, vehicle templates and wraps. All images are large format and ready to create stunning signage! For one week only you can get a special subscription half price - valid until October 15, 2012.
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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.
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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.
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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 '' 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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There is 'I' in Teamwork

    "Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."
      --- Mattie Stepanek

The term teamwork was all the rage in the 80's and 90's. Corporations and colleges were touting the importance of it and training employees and students on how to form teams, how to work in teams, and how to hold the team accountable. The concept worked and many businesses have the success they have today because of implementing the team concept.

Teams are still seen as good, but the emphasis seems to be swinging back to individual performance and creativity. While this is good and it does work too, the most successful businesses are incorporating a harmonious mixture and combination of the two philosophies.

    "To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless."
      --- Mike Krzyzewski

In the sign industry, both the team and individual performances are embraced as well as encouraged. Obviously, both are needed, but there always has to be balance. Individuals should be encouraged to create and given opportunities to develop their own ideas with knowing that they, the individual as well as the ideas, are part of the team. It is not that both belong to the team, but that they are naturally for the team's success.

For example, if a lineman on a football team performs a crucial block for the running back of the team and the running back scores a touchdown, the lineman's performance, his skills and ideas to make that crucial block, belong to the team. What is his provides for the success of the team.

    "Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it."
      --- Brian Tracy

Being a good team member means being willing to allow the credit of your success to be the credit of the team. Individuals should be recognized for their contributions, but still the contributions are for the success of the team as a whole. Learning to see and appreciate individual as well as team contributions and successes is crucial to keeping the dynamics of a good team in place.

    "The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison."
      --- James Cash Penney

This week, practice recognizing team achievement and look for ways to improve the cohesiveness of the team. Your team is a mixture of individuals all pulling for one common goal. Be sure to keep those goals in the forefront for all to see. Remind your team that everyone has a part and each part is important in order for the team to succeed. Make sure that all members know that their part is.

    "I'm going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France. They fly in V-formation but the second ones don't fly. They're the subs for the first ones. And then the second ones take over - so it's teamwork."
      --- Alex Ferguson

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.

Feature Articles

Common Sense Maintenance For Solvent-Based Inkjet Printers
By Bob Flipse

In virtually any mechanical device, the fluid systems need to be kept clean for optimum life and performance. Your printer is no different. Make sure you're properly maintaining your money-maker.
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LED Maintenance Thoughts - Opening up a new business model that will make your customer happy and keep you in the service business.
By Fritz Meyne, Jr.

With the almost total acceptance of LED for channel letters and increasing use of dedicated modules for cabinet lighting, our industry has to look at the long term effects of such a liability free product.
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Advertiser - EPSON® SureColor® S30670

Introducing the EPSON® SureColor® S30670. With the all-new SureColor S30670, Epson is ushering in a new era of performance, quality and reliability. Developed for high-performance printing and a low cost of ownership, the SureColor S30670 delivers the best image quality in its class at an unprecedented price. And, with print speeds of up to 620 square feet per hour, the SureColor S30670 is the smart choice for keeping your business at maximum productivity. Learn more about the way solvent printing should be at

Funny Signs

Homeless sign:

    "Time Traveler: Need $$$ for new flux capacitor!"

As seen in Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada:

    "All of those who hate speeding tickets, raise your right foot"

Sign outside a taco shop in West Texas:

    "Sorry we are closed due to short staff" Someone wrote underneath sign: "Hire taller staff cuz I need a taco!"

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
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