SBI Update: August 2011

Vol. 6, No. 15 | August 9, 2011

2011 SBI Sign Making Innovation Award  

Our deadline is TOMORROW! Submit your unique and innovative sign creations here.

This Month’s SBI Trivia Question Stumper:

The Department of Energy recently challenged bulb-makers to design an LED bulb that is the equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent in the Bright Lighting Tomorrow Prize. Among the conditions were that the bulb had to use only 10 watts of power and last over 25,000 hours.  Which lighting manufacturer won the challenge?

Industry News


Summer Heats Up with Signage Awards/Contests! 

Three industry companies shine as they take home a variety of awards in the fields of technology and tradeshow displays. Click here to find out what companies came out on top.

Arlon Goes Platinum for CSA Expo

The California Sign Association Expo & Trade Fair will be held September 16-17 at Hotel Maya in Long Beach. Find out how Arlon has taken a platinum position in supporting the Expo. 

DSE Fall 2011 Forum Confirmed

DSE has announced its invitation-only Fall 2011 Forum Event, which brings together the top industry vendors and end users. Get the details on where the Forum will be held and how you can attend.

Global Imaging Launches Unified Online Portal 

Global Imaging introduces an online portal called Grand Format Success. Find out how wide and grand format printers will benefit from the new site.

Bulbrite Shines in Online Video

Bulbrite provides some information about the upcoming light bulb ban in an online video.

New Appointments
Check in here for the latest appointments and expansions from Halco Lighting Technologies, Orbus, Rowmark, and more. 
Meetings and Events



August 24-26: Graphic Solutions Group is offering a three-day vehicle wrap class at its location at 6731 South Eastern Ave. in Oklahoma City. Master-certified PDAA Installer Jeff Wagner of J3 Industries will instruct the class, which will cover the basics as well as offer advanced instruction on how to handle challenging wraps. The class will run from 8am-5pm each day, and lunch is included in the fee. To register, call 405/672-0555 or go to




September 22-24: Image is everything at the Sign Association of Canada’s Consac-Imagemakers National Tradeshow in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For more information, call 877/470-9787 or visit




October 12-13: The Illinois Sign Association’s Fall Conference will be taking place at the Marriott’s Hickory Ridge Conference Center in Lisle, Illinois. For further details, call 414/529-4235 or check out

October 13-15: The SSSC/ISA Sign Show will be held Oct. 13-15 at the Doubletree Hotel Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. With a theme of “Take Charge of the Future,” the show will provide networking events, education opportunities, and exhibitor discussions to help sign industry professionals move their businesses forward. A full slate of events, as well as registration, is available at


October 19-21: SGIA Expo 2011 will be taking place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Lousiana. For additional information, log on to 

Digital Spotlight
A New POV on Return on Investment

Want to know how to get the most out of the digital printing industry? Check out the feature in our special digital printing supplement for tips on maximizing ROI–including how to get the most out of your existing printer and when its time to invest in a new machine. 

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This Month’s Trivia Answer:

Philips won the DOE’s challenge with its 9.7-watt LED lamp.Philips received $10 million, and its bulb should arrive in stores in the coming months.

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



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

Application Fluid
CNC Router Production
Monuments Installation
Sign Blank Panels
RIP/Digital Printing Software
Outdoor Vinyl



Coming up in the October SGIA Show 2011 issue of Sign Builder Illustrated, feature articles on:


Architectural Identity
Digital Printing Hardware
Rotary Engravers
Magnet Applications
Printwear Business
Vehicle Graphics Design
Vinyl Installation


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].

The Mimaki UJF-3042 a small printer for  

BIG ideas

The compact UJF-3042 is ideal for one-offs and short run applications where highly detailed, precise, and brilliant images are required, even on non-coated and heat-sensitive substrates.  Applications include proofs, labels, nameplates, electronic covers, POP & POS, awards, plastic cards, and promotional imprints to name a few.  All this and an affordable price make this UV LED inkjet a small printer for big ideas. Click HERE or call 888-530-3988 for more info.


Tetra MAX LED Lighting System

GE Lighting Solutions’ new and improved Tetra MAX LED systems offer improved brightness as well as a wider viewing angle, allowing you to maximize brightness while minimizing the amount of materials needed in medium-sized channel letters. This channel letter solution is designed for the easiest possible installation and operation.

Tetra MAX 

Creating intricate signage with a laser has never been easier. Epilog Laser systems allow you to cut and engrave the most popular signage materials with the most stunning and precise results. Quickly and easily engrave/cut wood, acrylic, plastics, fabrics, and much more with a powerful laser system from Epilog.

Epilog Laser 

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Builder Update, contact:   


Jeff Sutley
Regional Sales Director- East Coast
(212) 620-7233

[email protected]

Laura Connolly
Regional Sales Director- West & Midwest
(609) 613-4642 
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