SBI Update May 2011-2

Vol. 6, No. 10 | May 26, 2011

This Month’s SBI Trivia Question Stumper:

How many people attended the 2011 ISA International Sign Expo, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 28-30?

Industry News


2011 DSA Industry Excellence Awards 

The inaugural awards honored the best in digital signage, mobile, and self-service kiosk technology deployments. Find out who took home awards here.

Six New Products from Arlon

Get the details on the six new products Arlon has rolled out for window and wall graphics.

ISA Presents its Distinguished Service Award

Find out who was honored at ISA’s 2011 International Sign Expo for their dedication and service to the on-premise sign industry.  

Update on Agfa’s Acquisition of Pitman

It’s been nine months since Agfa Graphics acquired the Pitman Company. Find out how the two companies have grown here

Partnership Results in Digital Signage Solution for Contact Centers

Get the details on who teamed up to create a digital signage solution designed specifically for contact centers here

SGIA Expo Keynoter Sees Bright Future for Small Businesses

The 2011 SGIA Expo’s Keynote Speaker will motivate attendees to think about their business and how they can take advantage of the current political and economic climate. Find out who will be speaking here

New Appointments
Check in here for the latest appointments and partnerships from companies that include the International Sign Association, MACtac, and MultiCam.
Meetings and Events


June 1-4: The 2011 SEGD Conference + Expo + Awards will be held at the Hyatt Regency Montreal in Montreal, Canada. For additional information, visit   


June 7-9: The 2011 ISA Supplier/Distributor Conference (SDC) will take place at the Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Each day allots a significant portion to individual meetings between suppliers, distributors, and/or national sign companies. To learn more about SDC or to register, log on to


June 9: EskoArtwork is partnering with ZN Production Company/Re-board and Neenah Paper to present an open house that will identify innovative and creative ways to create value before and after print for both narrow and wide format print projects. The day will include demos and how-to sessions. The event will be held 10:00 am-4:00 pm at the EskoArtwork Demo Center in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. To register, visit


June 12-15: The NFPA Conference & Expo, the year’s largest and most important event for the fire protection, life safety, and electrical industries, is convening at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts. To learn more, check out


June 14-16: Learn about the latest applications in printed electronics for screen print and inkjet at SGIA’s 2011 Printed Electronics and Membrane Switch Symposium in San Jose, California. Details are available at

Digital Spotlight
Lighting: On the Grill
See how one upper-scale restaurant really savored the possibilities of using LEDs to cook up some fiery effects for its channel letter signage.
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This Month’s Trivia Answer:

19,000 people attended the 2011 International Sign Expo-a 13 percent increase over 2010. The exhibit floor was also larger with 1,953 booths, which is a 14 percent increase over last year.

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



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


ADA Codes 

Informational Architectural Signage 

CNC Router Projects 

Digital Printing for Outdoor Signage 

Painting Tools 

Vinyl Wall Coverings 

Design Software  



Coming up in the July Readership Survey 2011 issue of Sign Builder Illustrated, feature articles on:


Dimensional Adhesives
Digital Sign Systems Installation
Channel Letter Lighting
Monument Fabrication
Post & Panel Sign Projects
Cedar/Redwood Sign Blanks
Sandblast Tools


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 NEW Mimaki JV34-260

The new Mimaki JV34-260 grand-format inkjet printer produces outstanding results for indoor/outdoor applications using water-based solvent or sublimation inks on a wide variety of substrates. The JV34-260 features a maximum 102″ printing width and is capable of printing up to 323 sqft/hr. It also employs variable dot technology for smooth gradations, photo-quality images, and sharp text. Click HERE or call 888-530-3988 for more info.

Tetra PowerMAX LED Lighting System  

New Tetra® PowerMAX from GE Lighting Solutions combines bright white light output with unparalleled uniformity across the sign face. Money saving features include: superior surface area coverage that enables using fewer strokes of LEDs per sign, simple 2-wire installation, long life, greater energy efficiency and remarkable performance for the largest channel letters.

 Tetra PowerMAX  

StandOffs Add Dimensionality

With over 650 interchangeable components, Gyford StandOff Systems® allows you to “Bring Your Designs to Life®” in thousands of ways. Mount your next sign with quality StandOff Caps & Barrels. Contact our Client Solutions Specialists at 775.829.7272 or [email protected] to assure your project is a success.  

10mm Alumalite™ without pre-drilling holes?
No problem… 

HIKER’s H-901 hand press was engineered to insert grommets with up to six times less physical effort than other presses on the market. HIKER also offers a complete range of electric grommeting machines. Call HIKER at 866/664-4537 no matter what your grommeting needs may be. We’ll either have a solution that is right for you or help you find one.

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Builder Update, contact:

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(212) 620-7214

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