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Mobile Apps Changing the Way Sign and Print Providers Do Business

Mobile Apps Changing the Way Sign and Print Providers Do Business

It’s hard to remember how we even communicated before the advent of the smartphone. Mobile app technology has certainly altered the way we do things and even how we conduct our daily lives. We have become a society of instant gratification and one that is constantly on the go.  Now, with many of these apps, we can multi-task all at the touch of a button.

Mobile technology -- in the form of smartphones, tablets and notebooks -- has certainly transformed us forever.  We can send important files almost anywhere in mere seconds and we can also remotely work with clients in real-time no matter where in the world they might be.

Mobile apps—software applications developed specifically for use on small mobile computing devices—are also helping change the business landscape of the sign and commercial graphics industry in a number of areas. There are a host of printing, estimating and design apps out there that are helping make life easier for sign shops and their clients. Let’s take a look some of these apps, what they do, how they work and the solutions they provide.

Thursday, February 11, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (870)/Comments (0)/
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New Roland printer from QPS ensures festive cheer at Nexvision

New Roland printer from QPS ensures festive cheer at Nexvision

Nexvision completes a successful Christmas period after installing a second Roland VersaEXPRESS RF-640 running Nazdar TX-650 dye-sublimation inks, supplied by QPS.
Monday, February 8, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1004)/Comments (0)/
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Shop Talk: Tips for Solo Sign Installs

Shop Talk: Tips for Solo Sign Installs

Even though we have a small staff, it is not unusual that I find myself out installing signs of all kinds solo -- one man, one sign, and a need for three hands or even an eight-foot-long right arm.

Very often there is an easy way, and a hard way, and I try diligently to find the easy way if I can. For this month’s Shop Talk we’ll look at a couple of handy shop-made items that make one-man installs go smoother and faster, and an idea or two on making a one-man bucket more useful and user friendly.

Thursday, February 4, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (918)/Comments (0)/
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Video Minute: Sign Durability

Video Minute: Sign Durability

Sign & Digital Graphics executive editor Ken Mergentime discusses the issue of durability and the importance of matching materials to a sign's environment and expected lifespan.
Monday, February 1, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (852)/Comments (0)/
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How to Guide - Mesh preparation for PLUS emulsions

How to Guide - Mesh preparation for PLUS emulsions

Mesh preparation is the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to improve screen life. This useful How to Guide will show you the best way to maximise stencil adhesion to a mesh which will save you time and money by not having to remake screens that have broken down on the press.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (872)/Comments (0)/
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Wrapping in the Elements

Wrapping in the Elements

In an ideal world, every wrap installation job would be done in a clean, climate-controlled environment. But in many cases this is simply not realistic, whether it be the physical limitations of your shop or landing a job that will require onsite installation.

Each wrap vinyl manufacturer has their own installation parameters. Paying attention to these parameters and becoming familiar with the material(s) you are planning on installing is very important.

But no matter the type of film there are certain precautions that you should always take to avoid ending up with a faulty installation. Aside from knowing the characteristics of the film you’re working with, you should always take heed of the elements.

Monday, January 25, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (863)/Comments (0)/
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Ink Safety and HAPs

Ink Safety and HAPs

HAPs is an acronym that stands for Hazardous Air Pollutants. The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides a list of chemicals and classes of chemicals that fall under HAPs. If a solvent ink contains one or more of these listed chemicals, it contains HAPs. Ink manufacturers know that removing HAPs is important for both the environment and for the graphics industry.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (923)/Comments (0)/
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Help Customers Maintain Their Wrap

Help Customers Maintain Their Wrap

Customers spend a lot of money to have their vehicles wrapped. Helping them maintain the appearance and increase the longevity of the job can be done with a simple care and maintenance instruction sheet.
Monday, January 18, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1031)/Comments (0)/
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Top 15 Wraps of '15

Top 15 Wraps of '15

Mentor, Ohio-based graphic films manufacturer Avery Dennison has unveiled what it calls the top 15 wrap jobs of 2015. 
Friday, January 15, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (997)/Comments (0)/
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What if Screen Didn't Exist?

What if Screen Didn't Exist?

Those who believe that screen printing is on the wane are mistaken – mostly because they’ve forgotten the fundamental things that make the process unique.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1078)/Comments (0)/
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