The Online Magazine For The Sign Trade
e-NewsLetter Volume 14 Issue 1
Wednesday January 2, 2013

In this issue:

Product Showcases

3M introduces industry changing wrap films
New 3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Film 480Cv3 and 3M™ Envision™ Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8548G go beyond the world’s first high-performance, non-PVC films. They deliver a performance boost to wrap films plus a sustainability edge. 3M didn’t just invent non-PVC wrap films, we revolutionized wrap films. This changes everything. Again.
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tesa tape – The Clear Choice for Signs
tesa tape, a global leader in adhesive tape technology, is pleased to offer a robust line of constructive bonding tapes - tesa® ACXplus – for the signage market. These high-performance products are designed for permanent bonding applications that require weather and UV light resistance. The tesa product line also includes double-sided foam tapes, double-sided banner tapes, precision masking tapes, and surface protection films. For more information, call 1-888-979-7133 or 704-553-4740 or click above.
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Pro Vehicle Outlines Launches 2012 Vehicle Template Collection and New North American Website
Over 9,000 vehicles and specialty templates specifically for the North American vehicle graphics specialist, including the original vehicle template library. 20 years of expertise in precision and accuracy. +300 page, hard copy vehicle template guide book. North American sales and support.
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3M Introduces the First Graphic Films that Optimize LED Light
Achieve vibrant, richly colored graphics with fewer LEDs. 3M™ Envision™ Translucent & Diffuser Films provide bright, even sign illumination with no hot spots—a greener solution without sacrificing performance. The switch to LEDs is on. Learn how you can help your customers Make the Switch.
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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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Wholesale ADA Signage for the trade only.
Whether you require Magnesium, Zinc, Photopolymer, or Raster Braille you can count on Advance Corporation for superior quality at an effective cost. Contact us for a free sample and feel the quality. Backed by more than 70 years of experience, the Braille-Tac™ Division of Advance Corporation is the acknowledged leader in the specialized field of ADA products on a wholesale basis. We offer competitive prices, quality, and a quick production time.
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Manual Laminators
Low cost and fast. A must have tool for any shop that works with vinyl.
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No Regrets

    "A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams."
      --- John Barrymore

Happy New Year to all of you wonderful sign professionals! This is a time to start fresh with a clean slate and a hopeful eye toward the future. It truly is a time to plan, set goals, dream dreams, and charge into the year with a refreshed vigor and renewed energy for putting our head and shoulders into our work.

It is also a time to look back at what we've accomplished, what we didn't, and how to make corrections going forward. Unfortunately, one of the costly mistakes a lot of us tend to make is taking too long of a look back at 2012 or even further. We dwell on the past instead of taking a glance. We make monuments out of moments and hang onto those mistakes that continue to haunt us. While it may be fun to watch how some media outlets reflect on the most important moments of last year, we should choose to look at the past in order to learn from it rather than yearn for it.

    "I have many regrets, and I'm sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret... if you have any sense, and if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid."
      --- Katharine Hepburn

Not having regrets is a healthy way of living and of running a business. When we focus on regrets we tend to miss opportunities that propel our business forward. Having and keeping a clear mind, free from the clutter of regrets allows us to have more energy, be more creative, and give more of ourselves. Without the excess baggage of regrets, we have more to offer to our team members, vendors, prospects, and customers.

    "Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end - no apologies, no regrets."
      --- Henry A. Kissinger

There is not one person in the sign industry, or any industry, that can honestly claim that they did not blow it sometime during 2012. We all made mistakes and we all wish we had done some things differently. The smart players are those that have learned from those situations and moved on toward better things. They don't roll around in a past issue like a pig in mud. They get themselves up, brush themselves off, and start all over again (sorry).

    "Chris Cooper once told me to never have any regrets. After Chris said that to me, I walk into every scene thinking, 'exhaust every possibility.' Once you get to a certain place, it's like you just deliver everything you've got. Don't have any regrets. It pops up in my mind over and over and over again."
      --- Jake Gyllenhaal

Begin 2013 with a claim to not live with regrets. Since it is a given that we all make mistakes and that in this world, we will have trouble, let's decide right now that when times of trouble and mistakes come, that we use them as a teachable moment and then move forward. Let's not even mention regrets and let's even remove the word from our vocabulary.

Wishing you and regret-free and prosperous New Year!

    "I don't really believe in regrets."
      --- Wayne Newton

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Feature Articles

Recognizing Responsible Employees
By Terry Combs

As a manager, it is your responsibility to identify what behavior you want employees to exhibit in your shop, and then to look at each employee to see who exemplifies that behavior.
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Viewing Distance: The Misunderstood Concept
By Dan Keegan

Understanding viewing distance is a concept that has to be taught and examples are about the best way to do so.
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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

On a road in Augusta, Georgia:

    "Soft shoulders, blind curves, steep grade, big trucks--- Good Luck!"

At a towing company:

    "We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows"

In a loan company window:

    "Now you can borrow enough money to get completely out of debt."

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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