Soft signage, hard profits

The sign and graphics industry continues to be digitized, yielding improvements in speed, quality, price, performance and substrate versatility. One of the most exciting opportunities to arise from this ‘digital transformation’ is the ability to print on a wide array of textiles, either directly or through a transfer-paper process.

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Setting standards for colour accuracy and ink consumption

Wide-format digital inkjet printers are a new replacement technology for older, analogue screenprinting. There has been a strong pattern of market demand, adoption and implementation of both flatbed and roll-to-roll models, and the technology is already being used for all mainstream signage applications, such as point-of-purchase (POP) displays.

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Electric Signs: A new standard for certification

Underwriters Laboratories (UL)—an independent, not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization—began work on the 15th edition of its standard for electric signs 19 years ago, when the project was originally proposed as a bi-national standard for Canada and the U.S. On October 2, 2012, the new update of UL 48 was finally complete and in full effect.

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Wide-format Printing: Dye sublimation goes big

The process of dye sublimation has traditionally represented a niche business opportunity with specialized applications. These days, according to a panel discussion hosted in March by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), there has been a surge in adoption among mainstream sign and graphics shops.

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