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10 ‘Must-Knows’: ISA Sign Expo Orlando

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Ensuring your tradeshow success in Florida this spring.

From March 22-24, the 66th annual Sign Expo hosted by the International Sign Association (ISA) will be back in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. The exhibit hall floor will showcase the breadth of the sign and graphics industry, with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services.

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New Fabrics from Fisher Textiles

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The company also launches a new Colored Paper program.

Fisher Textiles has introduced a range of new fabrics to its product roster and launched a new Colored Paper program.

GF 7176 Supreme Knit is an 8.2-oz warp knit 2-bar fabric that’s 100% polyester and compatible with UV and dye-sub printing. Flame-retardant, it passes NFPA 701, has been tested for ASTM E84, and meets Class A, Flame Spread Index 25 or less and Smoke Developed Index 450 or less. Applications: photographic backdrops, geometric displays, tradeshow exhibits. 192-in. widths.

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Epson Debuts New SureColor S30670 Solvent Printer

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Features include new Epson UltraChrome GS2 solvent-based ink technology.

Epson America has introduced its SureColor S30670 solvent printer, a new 64-in., 4-color (CMYK) printer that utilizes a new print engine with Epson’s MicroPiezo TFP printhead, and new Epson UltraChrome GS2 solvent-based ink technology.

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Untapped Resources: Utilizing Installer Expertise

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"Installers can help you in ways you may have not previously thought about; they’re an invaluable resource for your company."

We all know that we wouldn’t be here without the masterful craftsmanship of our installers – they are a shop’s unsung heroes. But because their work comes at the tail-end of the job, they’re frequently forced to right all of the wrongs that have occurred along the way.

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FedEx Office Adds Print Technology and Workforce

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Wins primary contract from Boeing to provide nationwide print solutions.

FedEx Office reports that it is deploying new grand-format inkjet printing devices to its centralized productions centers across the country for producing rigid signs, banners, posters, point-of-purchase materials, oversized prints, and more. And, the company reports, it’s expanding its workforce by hiring more team members.

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A Thorough Approach: Marco Fine Arts

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Fusing print craft with the fine-art market and museums.

Most people arrive at digital fine-art printing as an opportunity to reproduce their own work, or develop new revenue streams for their large-format capabilities. Al Marco brings a unique perspective and requirements. As the owner of Marco Fine Arts, he’s been meshing his print craft with the fine-art market and museums for nearly 30 years. Before digital printing was even on the horizon, he mastered fine-art silkscreening to reproduce exacting copies and limited run series.

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Opening Up Doors: 858 Graphics

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Turning artists into clients.

In the four years since David Hay and Brandon Stapper began knocking on doors around San Diego to drum up business for 858 Graphics, their start-up has blossomed into a successful business, despite the economy.

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Developing New Markets: Art by ASI

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“Getting involved with digital printing opened so many doors for us in reproducing other people’s fine-art work."

Karl Jaeger didn’t set out to be a specialist in giclée printing. But, as others have discovered, interest in digital print technology can add a new dimensions to an artist’s career.

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Adapting and Innovating: Megapixel DI

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“Artists have gotten very educated about the advantages of giclée printing. We’re able to give them a new way to market their work.”

Drawing on experience with sign printing and digital photography, Ken Holyfield launched Megapixel DI  in rural Montrose, Colorado, in 2002 as a provider of large-format graphics. As soon as the oversized prints produced with his Roland CammJet CJ-500 began showing up around town, local artists inquired if he could reproduce their work, too.

“I produced a couple of giclée prints, and word about these capabilities began spreading in the local arts community,” he says. “Some artists started getting excited about the possibilities.”

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The Custom-Order Approach: David Saffir

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Creating new markets and opportunities in fine-art reproduction.

David Saffir knows what his clients want: the same uncompromising print reproductions he demands for his fine-art and commercial photography. In fact, when he began offering print services to photographers and artists from his Santa Clarita, California studio, it was, in part, an attempt to recoup his investment in wide format.

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