SBI Update: September 2011

Vol. 6, No. 17 | September 7, 2011

Vote for the 2011 SBI Sign Making Innovation Award  

Help us crown the most innovative sign of 2011. Cast your vote here. Voting ends September 13.

This Month’s SBI Trivia Question Stumper:

What was the given name of the famed pinstriper and artist Von Dutch?

Industry News


A Unique Approach to Marketing and Branding 

Get a sneak peek at our look into the customization market, which will be covered in an upcoming feature in the October issue.

Digital Signage Gets Code

StrandVision has integrated QR Codes into its digital signage. Get a look at how subscribers can benefit from this free integration. 

DSE Extends Awards Nominations Deadline

DSE’s Third Annual APEX & Content Awards Dinner will be sponsored by the Digital Signage Federation. The submission deadline has been extended due to extraordinary response. Find out when you should have your entries in. 

Video Walls Immerse Students in Study 

NEC supplies a university with a variety of displays to create visualization clusters called OptIPortables. Learn what the displays help to teach.   

Mutoh to Unveil Products at Graph Expo

Mutoh will showcase a number of its printers at Graph Expo in Chicago from September 11-14. Find out which machines will be on display here.

Start Building Your Company Before the SGIA Show Floor Even Opens

SGIA’s Pre-Expo Business Development Conference helps you to jump-start your business before the Expo starts. Find out what to expect.

New Appointments
Check in here for the latest appointments, promotions, and expansions from Arlon, MultiCam, Orbus, and more. 
Meetings and Events



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    




November 3: SEGD’s Xlab 2011: Design of Location will explore location-based navigation technologies and bring together technology, design, and interaction experts in a format that will include games, presentations, and talks. The event will be held in New York City at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, 540 West 21st St. For more, visit

Digital Spotlight
Maintenance Services Build Awning Opportunities

What happens after the awning goes up? There are plenty of opportunities to make profits by servicing awnings after the install. We come clean and offer ways to increase revenue through awning maintenance.

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This Month’s Trivia Answer:

Von Dutch’s given name was Kenneth Howard. To learn more about this legendary pinstriper and the restoration of his bus, check out our August feature, “Restoring the Von Dutch Bus.” 

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



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



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


ADA Design

Awnings Installation

Banners Fabrication

Channel Letters Installation

Fabrication with Panel Saws  

Vehicle Graphics Software 


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].

Print 103-inch width for under $60,000

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Decorative Mounting Hardware

Enhance your signage with the unmatched quality, variety, and in-stock inventory of StandOff Caps and Barrels. With custom design capabilities and over 650 interchangeable components, Gyford StandOff Systems® allows you to “Bring Your Designs to Life®” in thousands of ways. Contact our Client Solutions Specialists at 775.829.7272 or [email protected].

Gyford StandOff Systems

The Gerber EDGE FX™ Digital Printing System is the solution for short-run durable graphics. With Gerber’s Matched Technology System™, EDGE FX™ thermal printer, Gerber plotters, OMEGA™  software, GerberColor™ thermal transfer foils, Gerber EDGEReady™ punched materials, and Gerber Spectratone™ (create 3000+ colors), you can easily produce graphics that make you $$$!

Gerber EDGE FX 

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. 

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 nine series with dozens of models, which will provide the best power solutions for your needs.  

Mean Well 

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