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e-NewsLetter Volume 16 Issue 10
Friday May 15, 2015

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In this issue:


Product Showcases


NEW Flexible Substrate Optimized for use with LEDs
3M™ Envision Flexible Substrate FS-1 offers increased light transmission. That means more efficient use of LEDs and energy. And because LEDs require less maintenance, customers with hard-to-reach pylon signs can keep their feet on the ground.
Read on...


Outdoor Sign Lighting $99.99 Sale– Click here
RLM 'gooseneck' sign light fixture. Lifetime warranty. Available in 8 powder coated finishes. In Stock. USA made. www.ecologicsavings.com
Read on...


Laser Cutters for the Sign & Graphics Industry - Coherent
See how a sign maker has successfully implemented a Coherent laser tool into their production shop. Find out what a Coherent laser tool can do for you. Reach out for a live demo.
Read on...


The 2015 SGIA Expo in Atlanta, Georgia November 4–6
Offering qualified and educated attendees (like you!) the unparalleled chance to experience the hottest technology, the markets and opportunities. This dynamic show, in one of the East Coast’s most dynamic cities, is where leading imaging professionals will showcase their best products, methodologies and innovative applications.
Read on...


NEW Fiery, Fierce & Fizzy Color Options from 3M
Incite jaw-dropping reactions with Fiery Orange, Fierce Fuchsia, and Raspberry Fizz—a few of the 18 new colors in the 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080 line. No printing, no overlaminate, just open the box and start wrapping. View all 75 finishes, textures and colors online.
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EstiMate Sign Pricing Software: Sign Estimating & Business Management Made Easy
Get the tools you need to determine what you need to make in order to cover your costs and achieve your profit goals, then making sure every single job is priced to meet your target – all the while giving you professional printed, faxed or emailed estimates that you can have in your customer's hand literally minutes after getting the job specs. Click for more info.
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Safety First

    "Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your hands."
      --- Jeff Cooper

One of the most costly items in business is employee and customer safety. Most of the safety issues reported by the OSHA, (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), are related to things that could and should have been avoided. While they were documented as accidents, and of course, accidents do happen, with just a little training, most would never have happened.

Creating a safety plan for your business is a must-do if you have employees. When it is no longer a one, two, or three-person operation, a safety plan is necessary to prevent costly mistakes that can and will ultimately ruin your business. The loss of production, health care costs, worker's compensation increases, liability, increasing of insurance premiums, and a demoralized workforce, are only a few of the consequences of workplace injuries.

    "Employees who report receiving recognition and praise within the last seven days show increased productivity, get higher scores from customers, and have better safety records. They're just more engaged at work."
      --- Tom Rath

The development of a safety plan, with the input of employees, improves morale and actually increases the attention to safety issues by employees. This works similar to the Hawthorne experience where in 1950 the management team at the Hawthorne Works Electric factory just outside of Chicago upgraded the lighting, cleaned the floors, and relocated workstations. These simple acts increased productivity. Paying attention to and praising team members can have the same positive effect on safety issues.

    "Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety."
      --- Aeschylus

Some job tasks must be performed in a specific way in order to keep the worker and the environment safe. This area is a good place to start with your safety plan. Devising a plan that must be followed in order to avoid injuries should be in writing and all workers trained accordingly.

    "American stuntmen are smart - they think about safety. When they do a jump in a car, they calculate everything: the speed, the distance... But in Hong Kong, we don't know how to count. Everything we do is a guess. If you've got the guts, you do it. All of my stuntmen have gotten hurt."
      --- Jackie Chan

Looking at every job task to uncover possible unsafe conditions takes a lot of time, but it is well worth it if it prevents just one injury. Keep in mind that having an annual class on proper lifting techniques to avoid back injuries and reminding employees to hydrate, can save your company thousands of dollars per year in lost productivity and in some cases, insurance premiums.

    "If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved."
      --- Maurice Chevalier

It is very easy to go overboard with a safety plan in an attempt to cover every possible safety issue, but for now, just skim the surface of your business and see where future problems may arise.

Do you have a no texting policy when driving company vehicles? Are your team members trained on proper climbing angles for a ladder? Do you have a step-by-step plan for installing an electrical sign that includes shutting off the power before installation?

These are simple things that you may think your people should know, and maybe they do, but why chance it?


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For more info, visit:
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Feature Articles

The Case for Professional Service
By Paul R. Kramme

If you're not completely sure, read on to consider the benefits of engaging in a financial analysis consultation to identify your business's key performance measures.
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Dynamic Digital Signage: Unlocking the Profit Secrets
By Dennis Wells

Whether you are a small sign shop with a single roll printer, or a large sign shop making electrical signs, the profit secrets regarding dynamic digital signage (DDS) are the same. There is no doubt in my mind that DDS displays are, in fact, signs, and if we (as an industry) don't stake our rightful claim, we will miss this exciting opportunity.
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Advertiser - 2015 SGIA Expo
2015 SGIA Expo

The 2015 SGIA Expo (Atlanta; November 4–6) will offer qualified and educated attendees (like you!) the unparalleled chance to experience the hottest technology, the hottest markets and the hottest opportunities. (And we’re not talking about the weather.) This dynamic show, in one of the East Coast’s most dynamic cities, is where leading imaging professionals will showcase their best products, methodologies and innovative applications.

For more info, visit:
http://www.sgiaexpo.org

Funny Signs

As seen on a sign in a Kokomo, Idaho:

    "EAT AND GET GAS"

Lettering on a plumbing service van in Albertville, Alabama:

    "A royal flush beats a full house any day"

Lettering on Wrecker Service tow truck in Albertville, Alabama:

    "The cheapest hooker in town."

We need those funny signs you've seen in your travels, come on, we know they're out there.
Send them to us at: info@signindustry.com.


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