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The Right Finishing Tool for the Job

(February 2007) posted on Mon Feb 05, 2007

Specialty equipment to keep those projects moving out the door.


By Peggy Middendorf

* Clearly hung: Don’t want a hanging system to interfere with a sign’s carefully planned full-color graphics? Crystal Clear PowerTabs, from E. L. Hatton (www.bannerups.com), are invisible after installation and are as strong as the company’s Banner Ups product, but less conspicuous than grommets. Compatible with banner fabrics, Coroplast, foamboard, or paper, PowerTabs can be used on inside or outside applications. For banners longer than 6 ft, the company also offers Banner Ups Power Tape Hem Reinforcing Tape to reinforce banner edges without folding or sewing.

* Prong easy: Moore Push-Pin Company (www.push-pin.com) offers several quick hanging solutions for printed/mounted graphics. Its FoamFast Hangers are a fast way to hang signs mounted onto foamboard: Simply push the pointed prongs into the back of the foam substrate; the sawtooth edge allows for quick hanging and easy leveling of graphics. Its SharksTooth self-locking hangers are for use with harder, higher-density materials such as MDF (medium-density fiberboard) and masonite. Just hammer the prongs into the substrate and hang by its sawtooth rim.

* Klip it on: Sign Supply Source (www.signsupplysource.com) has designed easy-to-use reusable banner clips-ProKlip. Both the Mini and the Super models are easy to reposition without damaging the material, and the harder you pull on the clips, the harder they grip. The ProKlip Mini is designed for banner material that is being held with rope or a hook; to release the banner, squeeze the ProKlip and the wedge will loosen. For heavier materials such as 4-mm Coroplast or 3-mm Sintra, use the ProKlip Super. The Super uses a ratchet design to fasten itself to the substrate; so just push down and pull back the ratchet to unfasten.

* Glue ’n slide: Speedpress (www.signdisplay.biz) offers yet another option for finishing graphics without hems or grommets. Its SignZup banner display system involves attaching an acrylic strip onto the graphic (with the attached adhesive strip) and then just sliding the graphic into the SignZup rail. The graphic is locked in straight and is easy to change out, says the company. Available for indoor and outdoor use; slide-in clamps are available for a variety of mounting options.

* Install in a snap: Just need to finish a banner for a quick hang? SuperSnap from Rose Displays (www.rosedisplays.com) might be the system you’re looking for. Offering a sleek modern appearance, SuperSnap can be used over and over again. And installing graphics is simple: Snap the rail open, insert the graphic, snap it closed, and hang. The company offers hardware for wall-mounting, slatwall hanging, or window hanging; in addition it produces the Gotcha plastic graphic holder, also with its snap-open/snap-closed hinge.

* Adhesive hem: Without investing in sewing and grommeting equipment, your shop can still offer finished goods ready for hanging. Easy Edge Tape from Emblem USA (www.emblem-usa.com) reinforces banners and eliminates the need for sewing hems or pockets. With the reusable Easy Clips, neither grommets nor tools are necessary to mount or hang the banner. The Easy Clips are capable of holding up to 220 lb each; just slip on the corners or edges.

* Suction power: Most retail locations have a window-filled storefront. Window banners are essential to draw in customers, but they might not want to hang signs with clear tape or invest in an expensive rail system. Economy Plastic Banner Rail from Displays- 2Go (www.displays2go.com), complete with clear suction cups, may be an alternative solution. Graphics simply snap into place, with a bottom rail holding posters or banners flat and taut. Other hanging hardware is also available.


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