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e-NewsLetter Volume 14 Issue 10
Wednesday May 15, 2013

In this issue:

Product Showcases

2013 SGIA Expo in Orlando, Oct. 23–25
Experience the full spectrum of imaging technologies and applications. See the newest digital, wide-format technologies, the full range of supplies and solutions and innovative finishing options. Visit seven Expo-exclusive Zones, the Expo floor featuring the broadest range of technology available on the market, or take in any of the 40 classic educational sessions or sales-free zone presentations Also featuring our co-location partner: IFAI Specialty Fabric Expo. Register Now
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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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3M expands color selection of popular Series 1080 Films
3M introduces six additional colors to its highly demanded line of 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080: two satin colors and four matte. The new Satin Pearl White film was a true attention-getter at the SEMA show. View the expanding line of colors and finishes online. Backed by 3M™ MCS™ Warranty.
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Pro Vehicle Outlines Launches 2013 Vehicle Template Collection
Over 9,000 vehicles and specialty templates specifically for the North American vehicle graphics specialist, including the original vehicle template library. 21 years of expertise in precision and accuracy. +400 page, hard copy vehicle template guide book. North American sales and support.
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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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Clear the Clutter

    "When we throw out the physical clutter, we clear our minds. When we throw out the mental clutter, we clear our souls."
      ---- Gail Blanke

While conducting business we accumulate a lot of stuff. Before we know it, we are working in a midst of clutter. Too much of this stuff and we find it overwhelming and overbearing. This kind of clutter is not conducive to creating a good working environment for you or your team members.

There are those that say if a cluttered desk means a cluttered mind, then an empty desk means an empty mind. This is not always true. In fact, there are some business leaders that wouldn't dream of beginning a project until the desk and office is cleared of all clutter. Of course, there are those who prefer to work amongst the mess of a desk. Both sides would agree that if you know that clutter hampers your productivity--- get rid of it.

    "My doctor said I had OCD. I couldn't believe it. I had to call him nine times to make sure."
      --- Judy Gold

Spring is typically the time to do some house cleaning and is also a perfect time to get rid of the excess stuff lying around the office and on the shop floor. Several things happen when you begin to wage war against clutter in your business. The first is that you begin to find valuable materials and unpaid invoices that could bring in some needed cash for your business. This is a good time to get team members to join you in the task to uncovering buried treasure. Both you and your team can find areas of waste and address those issues appropriately.

    "There was a man
    And some did think him mad.
    The more he cast away
    The more he had."
      --- Pilgrim's Progress

Secondly, cleaning out clutter is profitable in that it restores the business back to ground zero, where you can start afresh in reaffirming your mission and purpose for the business. Clearing clutter lets you see where you need improvement in some areas and shows you where you've gained traction in others that would not otherwise be revealed due to the disorder.

    "Amidst all the clutter, beyond all the obstacles, aside from all the static, are the goals set. Put your head down, do the best job possible, let the flak pass, and work towards those goals."
      --- Donald Rumsfeld

Finally, cleaning up your act sends messages to the team that you prefer an orderly fashion to the work. It is true that some creativity and brainstorming sessions might require that a group work in a cluttered and messy environment, as if pulling all-nighters for a college final exam, but when the project is completed, you expect cleanliness and order for those working and also for any visitors to the shop or office.

Keeping a clean working environment free of clutter gives the sense that minds are now clear to freely create, design, improvise, invent, manage, and produce. Having a clean work area offers a clean slate for the mind as well. All past boundaries and borders are lifted and a fresh beginning is underway.

    "Out of clutter, find simplicity."
      --- Albert Einstein

Advertiser - 2013 SGIA Expo

The 2013 SGIA Expo: More exhibitors. More answers. More face time.

The 2013 SGIA Expo (Orlando, October 23-25) is the only place to see the full spectrum of imaging technologies and applications. Excite your imagination with the newest digital, wide-format technologies, the full range of supplies and solutions and innovative finishing options.

Highest Level of Expertise
Get face-to-face with experts and your peers from every sector of the imaging industry. The Expo has literally every part of the industry represented:

  • In the seven Expo-exclusive Zones
  • On the Expo floor featuring the broadest range of technology available on the market
  • At any of the 40 classic educational sessions or sales-free zone presentations
Get the most ROI for your time and money - the Expo has all the players in the specialty imaging industry and also features our co-location partner: IFAI Specialty Fabric Expo.

Only at the Expo

Feature Articles

Cast vs. Calendered Vinyl
By Molly Waters

Learn the differences and why to use the right vinyl in the right application. A quick read through this article will help you understand all the ins and outs of calendered and cast vinyl.
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A Look Behind the Digital Signage Mask
By George Borden

Digital signage is everywhere, and growing by leaps and bounds. According to, the global digital signage market was estimated to generate $3.95 billion in 2011 and $13.2 billion by 2016, at a compound annual growth rate of 27.29 percent from 2011 to 2016. The market opportunity is virtually limitless, and now may be the perfect time to make it an offering.
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Funny Signs

On the property line of a rancher somewhere out West:

    "Prayer is the Best Way to Meet the Lord. Trespassing is Faster"

Outside of an Irish Pub:

    "Soup of the Day: Whiskey!"

As seen on a Jiffy Lube sign in MA:

    "Weapons of Mass Lubrication"

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