December 2010

Vol. 5, No. 12 | December 20, 2010
This Month’s SBI Trivia Question Stumper:
What outdoor advertising company converted 100 percent of its Circle Graphics production to recyclable, eco-friendly billboard material?

Industry News

Choosing a Digital Menu Board Vendor

More and more quick-service and fast casual restaurants are investing in digital signage because it provides a platform to easily change information and images. So what should restaurant owners look for in a digital system? And what should sign shops offer to meet the growing demand for digital menu boards? To find out, click here.

Sign Association News

Read the latest end-of-the-year news from SGIA and ISA, including new reports and evaluations, as well as information about the keynote speaker for the 2011 ISA International Sign Expo. Click here to get the full scoop.

Arlon Donates to Fight Against Breast Cancer

Arlon recently held a corporate campaign to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. To find out more about the campaign, view the full story here.

Mutoh Goes Mobile with Rachael Ray

Designer Wraps recently made use of its Mutoh printer to create a wrap for Rachael Ray’s tour bus. Get all the details on the project here.

Trans-Lux Installs New Fair-Play Scoreboard

The Muskegon Lumberjacks Hockey Team has an all-new stadium, and now they also have a new scoreboard to go with it. Get the specs on this new scoreboard here.

New Appointments

Mutoh, Signs by Tomorrow, ISA, and many other companies have made hirings and promotions lately. Get all the details on the latest additions to the sign industry here.

Meetings and Events

February 22-25: Digital Signage Expo (DSE), the world’s largest International Tradeshow and Conference dedicated to digital signage, interactive technology, and digital out-of-home networks (DOOH), is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. To learn more about this event, be sure to visit

February 24-26: The Printing Association of Florida is pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, the Graphics of the Americas (GOA) Expo & Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. For details or to register, call 800/331-0461 or view

February 24-26: FESPA Americas 2011, the first FESPA-branded exhibition to take place in North America, will run alongside the established Graphics of the Americas (GoA) show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. To learn more, check out

April 28-30: The ISA International Sign Expo will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information about this annual event, visit

For in-depth coverage of these topics and other sign industry topics, check out


Coming up in the January 2011 issue of
Sign Builder Illustrated,
feature articles on:

Dye Sublimation Digital Printing
Channel Letter Lighting
Spray Paints
Sign Supplier Businesses
Vehicle Graphics Installation
Supplement: Going Green

Coming up in the February Digital Sign Expo 2011 issue of
Sign Builder Illustrated,
feature articles on:

Digital Printing Media
Digital Sign Systems Content
Laser Engravers
Architectural Lighting: LED Modules/Tubes
Polycarbonates Fabrication
Estimating/Business Management Software
Video Displays Content

Contact your ad sales representative to reserve your space today.

As the premier e-newsletter for the sign industry, SBI Update encourages readers to send feedback on what you like, what you’d like to see, and any other comments you might have. To do so, send an e-mail to Associate Editor Ashley Bray at [email protected].

Look for Chemetal interior signage projects this holiday season.

When you’re in the mall for holiday shopping, look for beautiful metal designs from Chemetal. We always do. That’s because Chemetal’s selection of over 100 metal designs helps sign pros create backgrounds, letters, and stunning interior signage projects. Plus, Chemetal is easy to fabricate. Many designs are .025″ thick aluminum, which can be cut, CNC’ed, wrapped, and formed using standard woodworking equipment. Call or visit to learn more: 800/807-7341 or

Introducing 3M Adhesives and the Adheso-CUT Tape Dispenser

Nova Polymers is much more than the largest distributor of photopolymer sign products. Nova now offers a comprehensive range of 3M adhesive solutions for thousands of applications at extremely competitive prices. The Adheso-CUT automated tape dispenser exclusively from Nova, automates the cutting of adhesive adding profit to the button line. For more information call 888/484-6682 or visit: 

New…Slim-line LED illuminated Campus Maps are Bright and Easy to Read
Howard Industries is pleased to offer a new series of LED illuminated signs ideal for campus maps. These signs feature slim-line four-inch deep cabinets with heavy gauge aluminum frames, low voltage LED Illumination, and long life eco-friendly solvent inkjet printed graphics. The super bright LED’s boast a 50,000-hour light source life, low energy consumption and reduced maintenance costs. Signs can carry two sides of copy, have radius or peak-top frames, custom shape headers and offer several post styles. All aluminum components are from 75% recycled material. Learn more. Contact Howard Industries at (800)458-0591, [email protected], or:

Laser Technology for Everyday Business Needs
Universal Laser Systems®
offers a broad range of customizable laser cutting, marking, imaging, and engraving solutions for signage, dimensional letters, and more. Systems are designed to grow with you as your business expands. Find a dealer near you and configure your system online at!

Going Green? Go LED Power!
Class 2 / UL 879 SAM / UL 8750 (LED Power Source)
Mean Well’s 3,000 Power Supply models have been serving worldwide customers, since 1982. If you are thinking green, Mean Well’s LED Power Supplies have 9 series with dozens of models, which will provide the best power solutions for your needs.
Mean Well
This Month’s Trivia Answer:
Clear Channel Outdoor converted 100 percent of its Circle Graphics production to recyclable billboard material.

Check out SBI’s special section on going green in the January 2011 issue for more news on the sign industry’s environmentally friendly efforts.

For more information on how to get your product listed in
Sign Builder Essentials, contact
Don Rogers, Midwest and West Coast Sales Manager, at
(212) 620-7214 or
[email protected]
or Jeff Sutley, East Coast Sales Manager at (212) 620-7233 or [email protected]

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