SBI Update March 2011-2

Vol. 6, No. 6 | March 25, 2011

This Month’s SBI Trivia Question Stumper:

What company was awarded its tenth consecutive 2011 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award?

Industry News


Update on the Industry After the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan 

SBI offers its condolences to all effected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. Like many others in the sign industry, we were anxious to know how the disaster effected manufacturers/distributors with locations in the company. Read on to find out the status of industry companies and to learn how you can donate to relief efforts in the country.

Guidance Document from OSHA

OSHA has issued its Small Entity Compliance Guide for Cranes and Derricks in Construction for small businesses. Find out more about the guide here

SGIA Honors 17 Companies for their Sustainability Efforts

Find out who took home top honors in SGIA’s 2011 Sustainability Recognition Award Program by clicking here

New East Coast Warehouse for AGL, Inc. 

AGL, Inc. has expanded its material distribution network with a new warehouse. Find out where its located here

Christie Brightens Up a University Lobby

Using its MicroTiles, Christie created a striking display that shows a variety of news and information. Find out what went into this project and which college is enjoying the display here

New Appointments
Check in here for the latest appointments and updates in the sign industry.
Meetings and Events


April 17-20: EskoWorld 2011 for EskoArtwork customers in the Americas is taking place in Phoenix, Arizona at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. For more information, log on to
April 28-30:
The ISA International Sign Expo will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. For information about this annual event, visit



May 11-12: SGIA’s new Business Development Conference will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Get details about the retail industry through presentations, panel discussions, and case studies with retail buyers. Those in attendance will also learn how to implement changes in their own businesses to take advantage of the growing retail market. Learn more at


May 17-19: The LIGHTFAIR Tradeshow & Conference is scheduled for the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The LIGHTFAIR Institute will occur May 15-16 at the same location. For additional information, log on to   


May 18-19: The Illinois Sign Association and the Wisconsin Sign Association will co-host a Joint Spring Conference at the Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena, Illinois. To learn more, check out

Digital Spotlight
Restyling Monuments
Sometimes out with the old sign, in with the new isn’t an option in this economy. Find out how one sign company got creative and updated existing monument signs so they looked like new. Click here to read the March 2011 feature and find out how you too can offer your clients refurbishment options.
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This Month’s Trivia Answer:

OSRAM SYLVANIA was awarded its tenth consecutive 2011 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. Some of the company’s efforts include showing companies how energy-efficient lighting can help to conserve energy, and adopting energy-saving practices in all of its own facilities. 

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



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


Awnings Design

Channel Letters Fabrication

Digital Printing Trends & Technologies
EMC Content
Magnets Application

Service Equipment Purchasing

HDU Sign Blanks



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


Acrylics/Plastics Decoration

Sign Cabinets- LED Modules/Tubes

Neon Lighting

Panel Saws Marketing

Vehicle Graphics Media

Video Displays Installation

Wayfinding Design 


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].

Why take a chance? The Océ Arizona® Series printers are the most popular flatbed printer family in history. Winner of 25 industry awards, Océ Arizona printers feature a true flatbed and true roll-to-roll design for the utmost in application versatility. Exceptional image quality, white ink capability, low cost of operation.    


Stylus® Pro GS6000 produces the industry’s widest color gamut for unparalleled output quality at the fastest print speeds in its class. Its profit-focused design sets new standards in overall reliability and maintenance while having less impact on the environment and worker health. Learn more at:


New Clear Ink from Mimaki

Mimaki adds clear ink to its LH-100 hard UV ink line-up for the UJF-3042, JFX plus, and JFX series of UV LED curable printers. The clear ink will produce glossy and matte finish effects for value-added printing. The ink can also be applied in multiple layers to create a tactile raised effect. Applications include POP & POS, labels, packaging, signage, and more. Click HERE or call 888/530-3988 for more info.

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 

Mounting Hardware from  

Brooklyn Hardware, LLC

Panelclip®, Kingclip® and VClipz® offer a simple, secure solution for installation of paneling, signs and artwork. Our extruded aluminum mounting hardware products have a 100% positively stopped interlock system ensuring a snug fit and flush, professional appearance. For custom or stock orders, contact us at 888/232-1151.

Brooklyn Hardware 

Trans-Lux 3mm Indoor LED Large Screen System.

Trans-Lux’s TL-IV3S indoor LED large-screen system features the market’s smallest LED pitch; 3mm. It is energy efficient, 144mm x 96mm x 23mm (WxHxD), with a 281 trillion color palette, 7 x 7 (W x H) module array, 336 x 224 (W x H) resolution and true, vibrant color reproduction.


Containing informative product sections and interactive catalogs, Stimpson is proud to announce the launch of its new Web site, The Web site offers helpful information regarding the wide selection of grommets & washers and attaching machines that Stimpson offers. Stimpson’s grommet & washer product line is unmatched for quality and supported by on-time delivery, attractive pricing, and the largest inventory in the industry. For more information, visit, call 877/765-0748, or email us at

[email protected].

 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

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