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ikeGPS Limited is experiencing significant growth within the sign and banner industry, a 2015 estimated $1B market in the United States. Spike, the world’s first laser accurate Smartphone measurement solution, allows a user to capture the height, width, and area of a building or its features simply by capturing a photo with a Smartphone or Tablet. Since the commercial launch of ikeGPS’ Spike product in late 2014, Spike has already been adopted by more than 100 franchise and independent sign companies.

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes' line of Genesis paint products helps sign manufacturers get the job done right.

Trans-Lux announced today that the company has established a new design and production facility in Shenzhen, China to complement its existing manufacturing operations in Des Moines, IA. The expansion of Trans-Lux’s design and manufacturing resources dramatically expands and enhances the company’s portfolio of LED solutions, and provides complete control over mission critical processes and pricing.

Presto Tape announces the introduction of four new products, CanvasTac Gold Iridescent, CanvasTac Silver, PrestoTex Gold Iridescent, and PrestoTex Silver. These colored fabrics are in addition to the white fabrics Presto Tape already offers.

This year, GSG is celebrating the 16th anniversary of the company's annual Hank Granberry Golf Classic Tournament, which is a fundraising event honoring Hank Granberry, father of GSG President Mark Granberry, who passed away of pancreatic cancer. It's scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 29-30, 2015, at the Stonebriar Fazio Resort in Frisco, Texas.

Colex Finishing has dedicated itself for the past year to making significant improvements to its flatbed cutter, the Sharpcut. Their main goal was to make the cutter faster without having to increase its competitive price and without compromising its high quality and durability.

Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota, has been selected by StubHub Center and the LA Galaxy to install the largest LED video display for professional soccer specific venues in Carson, California. It features a unique convex curvature, the only of its kind in soccer.

SA International (SAi) has announced that its flagship signmaking software, SAi Flexi, has been selected for Avery Dennison’s TrafficJet™ Print System for worldwide compliant highway signage. TrafficJet™ comprises SAi FlexiPRINT DX RIP software, as well as special inks and retroreflective(1) substrates from Avery Dennison, and a 1.6m-wide, eight-color printer from Mutoh.

Inca Digital announces the launch of the Inca Onset R50i wide-format, flatbed UV printer. This printer features fine-drop 14 picolitre Fujifilm Dimatix Spectra printheads and an eight-channel, dual CMYK configuration to deliver superb quality and 600m2/hr productivity with automation.

LaserBits, Inc. is offering a number of products to make laser engraving easier and more profitable.

Acrylic Glue and Applicator
Gluing an acrylic award is easy and will look professional using the correct glue and applicator. LaserBits offers this top-quality glue, which is formulated for the type of acrylic common in awards. A special glue applicator creates a bubble-free bond of the acrylic pieces using a non-sharp tip to apply the glue. The acrylic glue forms an initial bond quickly with a full strength bond in 24 hours.
Complete how-to glue an acrylic award is in the Tech Tip section of

Alder Photo Frames
These frames are made from alder wood and come complete with glass and folding easel back, which allows for a vertical or horizontal orientation. Foils, LaserLIGHTS, and Pro Color Fills add a great deal to these already beautiful frames. Themed engraving templates are available for weddings, sports, holidays, and more. Visit us at for more information and great TechTips for this item.

BOFA ADVANTAGE Base 1 Oracle Filter System
LaserBits is an authorized distributor of the BOFA ADVANTAGE Base 1 Oracle (XUS 057) fume extraction system. This system allows a laser engraver up to 12-by-24 table to be set on its top which makes it compact and ideal for small working environments. The 2 different filters in this unit completely clean the contaminated air produced from your laser. Visit for more information.

Photo Engraving with a Laser Training CD
In this CD (CUS 102), we bring the detailed techniques of photo engraving down to a step-by-step level. Beginning with what requirements are needed on a computer system and suggested software, how to scan, modify, enhance, process, and finally engrave the final product. The information will help you attract and retain customers wanting that extra special personalized gift. Visit us at for more information.

Laser Power Meter Rental
The Wizard Laser Power Meter can measure accurately to .1 watts and track any output trends in your system. Use a power meter to troubleshoot any output variations like a pro. The Laser Power Meter is available to purchase or to rent. If rented, the meter is yours to use for one week to test the actual power output on the table of your system. The rental includes shipping to return item when rental is complete. Visit us at for more information.

Stamps Rubber Sheets
The premium low odor and no odor laser rubber sheets make stamp creation easy. Specially formulated for laser engraving, the rubber sheet produces crisp characters and clean impressions. It is ideal for use with all alcohol and water based inks.
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Aurora, Illinois-based Excel Displays & Packaging, an industry leader in designing and producing award-winning displays, packaging, and signage, is expanding its retail printing capabilities with the HP Scitex 15500 Corrugated Press. With this installation, Excel expects to achieve ultra-efficient, high-quality production of corrugated applications, such as point-of-purchase (POP) displays and short-run packaging.

Chemetal introduces twenty-four new designs for 2015, the company’s largest introduction in recent memory. These latest designs span the breadth of Chemetal's product line, with new designs in almost every product category. The new additions include aged subway tile patinas, glowing mother of pearl-esque aluminums, richly textured HPL metal laminates, and aged brass, copper, and steel Architectural Metals in easy-to-fabricate aluminum.

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