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Signs + Banners will hold an open house on February 25 at its Rogers, Minnesota location. Free to attend, the open house will run from 1-7 pm CST.

The open house will feature printing, cutting, and laminating demonstrations, and the environmentally friendly sixty-four-inch Mutoh ValueJet 1614 printer will be on display. The printer contains Mutoh’s patented i2: Intelligent Interweave print technique, which virtually eliminates banding.

The event will also include product demonstrations, one-day-only pricing specials, clearance sales, vendor representatives, door prizes, food, and more. Last year’s open house drew in over 170 customers, and this year Signs + Banners hopes to beat that number.

“Last year’s event was a huge success, and all of our vendors agreed. We had over twelve representatives attending the show and over 170 customers,” says Harold Embry from Signs + Banners. “This year, we expect even more customers. This is a great chance for potential buyers to network and take advantage of our special open house sales prices.”

Attendees that register by February 18th will be entered to win a grand prize, including: a garment business starter package, heat press, fifteen-inch plotter, i-Design R software, a Rhinestone Starter Kit, and more.

For more information, visit www.signsplusbanners.com.



Published in Sales & Marketing
Fisher Textiles, one of the leading suppliers nationwide of fabrics for digital printing, has added styles DD 2300 Satin and DD 7908 Suede (FR) to its line of fabrics for Direct Disperse printing. This fabric line is compatible with d-Gen Teleios, Dupont™ Artistri™, Durst Rhotex 320, Jeti 3324 AquaJet, Mimaki JV5-320DS, Mimaki DS-1600, Mimaki DS-1800, Mutoh Viper TX, Roland HeatWave and Roland Hi-Fi Express printers.

DD 2300 Satin is 4.3 oz/yd2 and 72 inches wide. It is a high sheen satin that is light weight and 100 percent Polyester. This product has great definition, presents a very high quality print, and is excellent for elegant type applications such as roll-up bannerstands and tradeshow exhibits.

DD 7908 Suede (FR) is 7.0 oz/yd2, 122 inches wide and passes NFPA 701. It is a Brushed Tricot Knit fabric
that is 100% Polyester. Developed as a top cover for gaming tables, it gives one of the highest print qualities of any of Fisher's products. It also has superior stain resistance.

Free sample rolls are available for testing.

Published in Awning & Banners

Mutoh America, Inc., a leading manufacturer in wide format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced its partnership with Avery Dennison to offer the Car Wrap Training Program in ten cities across the United States in 2013. Classes will be hosted by master installer, Justin Pate.  
Dates and locations for the 2013 course schedule are as follows (details can be found on the program's Web site):

February 28 - March 2 | Dallas, Texas  
March 4 - 6 | Newark, New Jersey (sold out)
April 8 - 10 | Seattle, Washington
April 11 - 13 | Los Angeles, CA
May 30 - June 1 | Wharton, New Jersey
June 3 -5 | Toronto, Canada
September 12 - 14 | Atlanta, Georgia
September 16 - 18 | Chicago, Illinois
October 28 - 30 | Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
October 31 - November 2 | Phoenix, AZ  
The Avery Dennison/Mutoh Car Wrap Training Program is designed to provide wrap installers with an in-depth understanding of graphic installation mechanics to gain a competitive advantage in the vehicle wrap industry. The three day workshop (optional third day for design instruction and certification test) will focus on all of the critical steps needed to improve the quality and speed of car wrap installations.
Class sizes will be limited in size to allow for more one-on-one teaching. Training starts at only $175.
Along with the training, all students will receive a NT Cutter A-551P knife, Avery Dennison installer toolkit (including belt, squeegees, magnets, knife, brush and snitty), 25 yard kit of Avery Dennison MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS vinyl, and 1360 DOL laminate or SW 900 Supreme Wrapping film and Martor safety box—over a $1,000 value.
"The techniques I've learned have drastically improved our quality, and our business has taken off. We're building an excellent reputation for the best quality wraps in the area. Thank you for your knowledge and expertise in helping us grow our business," shares Edmund Karam of LucentAds.com.
Justin Pate is a globally recognized graphic installer with over 16 years' experience, wrapping over 3,000 vehicles in that time. Pate uses his UGIS (Universal Graphic Installation System) teaching method, focusing on quick, professional wrapping using resourceful tips, tricks, and tools. Mutoh has been hosting wrap classes with Pate since 2010, and is recognized as the leading wide format printer manufacturer for the wrap community.
For more detailed information on the Avery Dennison/Mutoh Car Wrap Training Program, or to register, visit the class website at http://na.averygraphics.com/AvGrNA_avery_wrap_school.asp.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 14:44

Arlon and Mutoh Set to Wrap Up GOA

Arlon Graphics, LLC and Mutoh America have teamed up to sponsor the Graphics of the Americas Vehicle Wrap Center, which will be featured at the GOA tradeshow in Miami, Florida from March 1-3.

Arlon will showcase its DPF 6000XRP, a 2-mil. cast film with X-scape technology and Series 3220 Glose Cast overlaminate. Both will be used for vehicle wrap demonstrations throughout the show. The free instructional demos will run March 1-2 at 11 am, 1 pm, and 4pm, and on March 3 at 11 am and 1 pm. They will educate end users on the proper techniques and tools needed to complete a profitable vehicle wrap.

All the vehicle wraps will be printed on Mutoh’s ValueJet 1638-64-inch Eco-solvent printer. The machine will also be exhibited in the wrap center booth along with Mutoh’s ValueJet 1324-54-inch Eco-solvent printer and Kona 1400-55-inch cutting plotter.

“Arlon is very excited to have the opportunity to be back again at the Graphics of the Americas Vehicle Wrap Center and partner up with Mutoh for the fourth year in a row,” says Phil LaFata, vice president of Marketing and International Sales for Arlon. “This show has really been a huge success for us over the years, and we plan to have very educational demonstrations going on all three days of the show.”
Premier Wraps, a custom design and install service for vehicle wraps based in Fontana, California, recently designed and wrapped a courtesy shuttle vehicle for San Bernardino Mitsubishi and Subaru. Premier Wraps used its Mutoh ValueJet 1604-64-inch printer to complete the job.

Wanting to create an interesting and eye-catching design, Premier Wraps designed the wrap two sided. One side of the car is red to advertise for Mitsubishi, the other blue for Subaru.

Using its Mutoh printer and Avery Dennison’s 1005 EZ RS Supercast and DOL 1060 laminate, the job was printed and installed in a total span of ten hours.

“Our Mutoh printer has been a work horse,” shares Matt McDonald, owner and president of Premier Wraps since 2004. “We’ve literally printed thousands of square feet over the years, and it’s still going strong with the same print quality.”

Monday, 31 October 2011 13:27

Mutoh to Show New Products at SEMA

Mutoh America Inc. will exhibit new additions to the ValueJet printer line at this year’s SEMA trade show in Las Vegas, booth #12467. Mutoh will run daily print demonstrations on the new ValueJet 1204GA, 1324 and 1624 printers.

Car wrap installation demonstrations will also take place daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. by

Premier Wraps using Arlon’s DPF 6000XRP print media.

The 48-inch ValueJet 1204GA prints on Mutoh’s own pre-grommeted and pre-welded Ready2Print banner material. The 1204GA is the first of its kind in the industry and eliminates the need for costly grommet presses and next-day jobs. Used with Mutoh Ready2Print material or a variety of other roll-to-roll substrates, the 1204GA is perfect for banners, wraps, and decals. The 1204GA retails at only $11,995!

The ValueJet 1324 and ValueJet 1624 are Mutoh’s new 54- and 64-inch Eco-solvent printers. With print speeds up to 313 square feet per hour (VJ1624), each printer is manufactured with Mutoh’s i2: Intelligent Interweave print technique that lays down ink in a wave pattern, eliminating banding. Retailing at $18,495 and $22,995, the 1324 and 1624 are the “Wrapper’s Choice” for speed, size and quality.

Mutoh will also be showcasing the Kona 1400 cutting plotter and a Seal laminator.

For more information on Mutoh and its products, visit www.mutoh.com.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:33

Tune in to Vehicle Wraps

Mike Antoniak

When J. Michael Thienel boasts of being Appleton, Wisconsin’s original “wrap artist,” it’s more than just bravado. Since the mid-1990s, when Thienel first joined the company he now owns and operates as AutoTrim Design, he’s been a hands-on producer and installer of vehicle graphics.

And what started in those early days as a specialty service in pinstriping with tape has given way to today’s full-color vehicle wraps with the bright graphics and photographic murals made possible with the latest from large format digital printing.

Over the years, AutoTrim Design has wrapped all types of cars and trucks, as well as boats and planes. “In our area, people know us as the specialists in vehicle graphics,” says Thienel. “If they want value and something that will look good and last, they come to us, because they know the work we do is top-notch.”

Local And National Provider

That stellar reputation has enabled the company to hold on to its earliest clients in its market area, while also establishing itself as a national provider of vehicle graphics kits.

Thienel estimates AutoTrim Design’s business now breaks between 60 percent Web sales of custom vehicle graphics kits and 40 percent local sales and installation services. “We look at the things we do for cars here as our test for graphics kits that we sell nationally,” Thienel explains. “We’ll take a specific vehicle and create designs for it that people won’t find anywhere else and sell them online.”

Throughout its Web site and ebay store, AutoTrim Design markets more than 1,000 items, including do-it yourself graphics kits for today’s trendy cars and classic rides. Orders can be printed as needed with the company’s Mutoh ValueJet wide format printer, the third-generation of digital print technology employed by Thienel.

Thienel’s introduction to digital printing took place in the mid-’90s with a four-color NovaJet III for lettering and limited graphics. “We knew back then the inks and materials for digital printing would eventually get better,” he says, “so we held off buying another system until the technology and media were there.”

Then, as part of a conscious decision to build the company’s future entirely around vehicle graphics (custom graphics, window tinting, and paint protective film), Thienel purchased a Gerber EDGE® printer. “The EDGE allowed us to offer photographic quality for the first time,” he says. “But because it only printed at 11-3/4 inches wide, we had to panel everything.

“That meant a lot of labor on each installation, but it showed people what was possible before anyone used the term ‘vehicle wrap.’”

Thienel’s specialization decision paid off and ultimately allowed the company to bolster its local reputation and build a national audience. Thienel credits today’s ubiquitous wraps to the advances in technology which have made these graphics easier to produce and install, backed with confidence that they will last.

RadioWrap-3Delivering on the Early Promise of Digital

According to Thienel, the necessary print technology for wrapping was there a long time ago; eventually it was the inks and media that finally caught up. “Oracal’s RapidAir® technology really helped make it much easier to install these graphics on any shape or curve,” he says. “Because of our certification by Oracal, we’re able to tell our customers [that] the graphics are warranted for six years now.”

Auto Trim Design’s ongoing commitment to push the printing technology to its limits and provide its client base with graphics that hold up for years has enabled it to maintain a loyal customer base. For example, when a local radio station management company (a long-time client of Thienel’s and a member of the Cumulus Media national radio network) decided it was time to refresh some vehicles promoting its stations, they gave AutoTrim Design the call.

The order actually involved two separate projects. For local country station The Wolf, the customer wanted to refresh the look of an H2 Hummer done a few years ago. “There’s been a lot of consolidation in the radio medium,” says Thienel. “There are more simulcast stations today, and they wanted to promote both with the same vehicle.”

The stations’ iconic Wolf now howls from the Hummer in an eye-grabbing composite of logo and call letters and numbers—as well as country hit makers George Strait and Carrie Underwood.

The other project required dressing up a new Dodge Nitro for the company’s rock station, Star 98. Hard-to-miss graphics grab attention as the SUV rolls through town, in a full wrap that promotes the station and stars Bon Jovi, Chris Daughtry, and Pink in larger-than-life images.

Like the Hummer, the wrap design also includes marketing’s latest tool: QR codes allow pedestrians to launch the station’s or AutoTrim Design’s Web sites with a quick scan from their smartphone.

A Proven Approach

Although the look of the vehicles are as distinctive as the music genres they promote, the creative process involved for both was strikingly similar to any other wrap project.

It started with a sit-down session at which Thienel and members of his six-person staff met with the client and discussed their goals and preferences in theme and color. “Then I looked at their Web site and logo [to] get a feel for the look they’d been using and started thinking about how to translate that to the vehicle,” he says.

For the radio stations, the artists-to-be-featured was an important part of the discussion as well. After the station managers made their selection, Thienel downloaded several high-res images of each off the Web. Then working in CorelDRAW® on a PC, he created proofs of different design concepts. “The digital camera has really helped us, because we’re able to take a picture of the vehicle and then show how the final wrap will look,” notes Thienel. “It’s a great visual aid that also helps us plan and see what things on the vehicle we might have to work around.”

RadioWrap-2The design cycle took about a week before final approval for printing. It then took another week for output and curing of the graphics before the two-day installation by Thienel’s two-man crew. “We removed all the logos, door handles, and anything else that might interfere with the installation,” he says. “We also like to use the least seams possible, so we produced the panels at the ValueJet’s full width of sixty inches.”

There was still need to trim—there’s really no way to get around that. “But I’ve found we can get the graphics to fit the vehicle much better when they’re printed out at full frame,” says Thienel.

Thienel always works with graphics that are rendered at 72-dpi from higher-res files that have been downsized to retain image quality. “We know how to work with picture resolution and dpi and the mathematics involved, so the picture always looks its best,” he explains. “When you don’t know what you’re doing, you can end up with pixelated results.”

Thienel finds the toughest part of a wrap job is the setup. “That’s going to effect everything else you do,” he says. “We spent a lot of time working on the design and getting it right, so that when we received the go-ahead, we were confident it was going to turn out right.”

All photos courtesy of AutoTrim Design.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011 20:10

Justin Pate Releases New Instructional DVDs

Professional car wrap installer Justin Pate has created two new vehicle graphic installation DVDs. The DVDs, “Advanced Wrapping” and “Speedwrapping™,” are geared for the intermediate and professional installer. Both DVDs fall under the "Techniques and Tips" training series platform.

“Advanced Wrapping” covers, in detail, how to wrap the more complex aspects of vehicles. In 118 minutes, Pate covers: cutting perfect corners, door handles, mirrors, wheel wells, antennae, rubber molding, bumpers, and problem solving. In this DVD, installers will gain new insight on how to wrap complex application surfaces that will instill confidence and help ensure quality, durability, and efficiency.

“Speedwrapping™” is geared to help the entire sign shop. To ensure profits, all aspects of the wrap process must work seamlessly: design, production, and installation. Pate shows how all three work together to ensure low installation times, few mistakes, and higher profits. Included in this DVD is a segment on fleet wrapping, which is made possible by Speedwrapping™.

In addition, in “Speedwrapping™”, Pate includes Hardware Removal XL. This segment shows how to remove all hardware and wrap them.

These new DVDs, along with Techniques and Tips: Vehicle Graphic Installations and the Flexifelt buffer, can be purchased at: www.learntowrapcars.com and Signwarehouse.com.

At www.learntowrapcars.com:
    -Buy any 2 Techniques and Tips DVDs for $99.
    -Buy all three Technique and Tips DVDs for $149 and receive a copy of “Speedwrap Xtra” for free.
    -All orders include a free squeegee and Flexifelt buffer.
    -Free shipping to anywhere in the world!

Pate has been wrapping cars for 15 years and has wrapped over 2,500 cars. He currently works as the installer for Mutoh and Avery Dennison’s Car Wrap Class using Universal Graphics Installation System (UGIS).
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 16:42

Mutoh and Arlon Triumph at FESPA/Americas

Mutoh and Arlon stole the spotlight for the third year in a row at the FESPA/Graphics of the Americas tradeshow. Daily car wrap, printing, and cutting demonstrations proved to be a leading event at the show. FESPA/Americas was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from February 24-26.

Car Wraps were printed using Mutoh’s ValueJet 1614-64”, the “wrapper’s choice” for speed, size and quality. All ValueJets are manufactured with Mutoh’s i2: Intelligent Interweave print technique, a wave-print that virtually eliminates banding. Mutoh ran daily printing demonstrations of the ValueJet 1614 at the tradeshow.

Installers wrapped the Ford Mustang with Arlon’s DPF 6000XRP, a 2-mil cast film with X-scape Technology for vehicle wrap applications. The vinyl is easy to install, highly conformable and cost competitive.

“Mutoh and Arlon proved to be a success, yet again, at the FESPA/Americas trade show,” shares Brian Phipps, general manager of Mutoh America Inc. “We enjoy being able to hold education seminars for the sign industry and are looking forward to future tradeshow demonstrations.”

Other demonstrations took place using Mutoh’s ValueJet 1304-54” printer and Kona 65” cutter. Kona Cutters have the finest cutting quality with excellent tracking. The Kona is available in a 30-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inch size.

For more information about the companies, visit www.mutoh.com and www.arlon.com.

Thursday, 20 January 2011 21:05

Arlon and Mutoh Team Up Again at GOA

Arlon and Mutoh America are teaming up for the third year in a row to sponsor the Graphics of the Americas (GOA) Vehicle Wrap Center that will be featured at the GOA tradeshow in Orlando, Florida on February 24-26, 2011. Arlon will be featuring DPF 6000XRP, a 2-mil cast film with X-scape technology that will be used for vehicle wrap demonstrations throughout the show. These free instructional demos will be running each day of the show to educate end-users on the proper techniques and tools needed to complete a profitable vehicle wrap.

The demonstration times for February 24 and 25 will be 11am, 1pm, and 4pm, and February 26, the sessions will be at 11am and 1pm.

All graphics will be printed on Mutoh America’s ValueJet 1614-64-inch printer, and it will also be exhibited in the wrap center booth along with Mutoh’s ValueJet 1304-54-inch printer and Kona 65-inch plotter.

“Arlon is very excited to be able to take part in the Graphics of the Americas Vehicle Wrap Center and partner up with Mutoh once again,” states Phil LaFata, vice president of Marketing and International Sales, Arlon. “This year’s wrap demonstrations will be highly informative for printers and installers targeting the wrap segment.”

For further information on all Arlon products, call 800/232-7161 or 714/540-2811 or visit www.arlon.com.

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