Instructional & Resources

  • The Differences Between Raceways and Wireways

    Flush mounting is the most common installation method for illuminated channel letter signs, but there are also two other possibilities; the signs may be mounted to either a raceway or a wireway. It is important to understand the fundamental differences between these two methods. A raceway is a rectangular...

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  • Catch a waveform

    Mimaki’s 1.6-m (64-in.) wide JV300-160 eco-solvent-based inkjet printer features newly developed printheads in a staggered configuration with an optimized waveform for precise dot control. A nozzle check unit (NCU) looks for potential printhead nozzle outages between file runs, while a nozzle recovery system (NRS) ensures continuous operations by assigning...

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  • From smiles to signs

    Inspired by fast-setting composite material in the dental industry, 3M Canada has introduced Scotch-Weld DP8805NS and DP8810NS low-odour acrylic adhesives for signmaking, metalworking and other manufacturing activities. Compared to conventional high-odour acrylics, the new non-flammable formulations ease health and safety concerns in today’s manufacturing facilities and reach structural strength...

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  • Put a pin in it

    The Rho P10 200/250 HS inkjet printers from Durst combine light-emitting diode (LED) pin curing with conventional ultraviolet (UV) drying, accelerating prints by sealing ink drops before they are fully cured. Delivering twice the output speed of the earlier Rho P10 250, the 2.5-m (98-in.) wide HS models can...

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  • Scalable colours

    Inca Digital has launched the Onset R40i, its latest wide-format ultraviolet-curing (UV-curing) flatbed printer, through an exclusive global distribution partnership with Fujifilm. The R40i uses Fujifilm’s Dimatix Spectra printheads to deliver 14-picolitre drops and produce up to 400 m2 (4,306 sf) of output per hour. It can be modified...

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  • Tac it up

    WallTac is a matte polyvinyl chloride (PVC) film from Drytac with an adhesive that allows it to be applied to and cleanly removed from virtually any smooth surface, including painted drywall, with no residue left behind. Compatible with most solvent-based, ultraviolet-curing (UV-curing) and durable aqueous ‘latex’ inkjet printers, WallTac...

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  • Last Impression: A Staggering Array

    Over the past two years, Cineplex Digital Solutions (CDS) has built a digital signage network for Scotiabank across Canada. One piece of this puzzle, a custom ‘digital mural’ structure at the bank’s new flagship branch in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre, proved eye-catching enough to win a gold award at...

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  • Shop Talk: Painting a Giant Hockey Mask

    Gerald McLaughlin, owner of Voodoo Air in Pickering, Ont., picked up his first airbrush in 1978, founded Voodoo in 1985 and has created countless graphics, signs and dimensional pieces ever since.

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