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Dynamic Signage: Proof in Numbers

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Data-backed digital signage stats to drive buy-in.

If you or your customers haven’t heard, digital signage is a growing industry. And it’s expected to continue growing for the next seven years, especially as barriers to entry like cost and technology become lower every day.

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A Wall-to-Wall Retail Display

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Simple Walls creates custom panels for 10 furniture stores across the Midwest.

Art Van Furniture was looking for a unique display for its Detroit Sofa collection when the team ran into Simple Walls at Globalshop 2016. The print shop was exhibiting its proprietary dimensional wall panels, made from recycled cardboard, newspaper, and wood chips, and designed to mimic the appearance of surfaces like brick, stone, and cement. Simple Walls worked with Art Van’s design team to create a custom color that matched the store’s aesthetic and printed panels for 10 locations across Michigan and Illinois.

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SGIA Offers SignElements Subscription Discount

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Wide-format graphics, vehicle templates, photos, and more are available.

SGIA has partnered with SignElements, an online, royalty-free image subscription service. SGIA members can subscribe to the print and sign industry service at a discounted yearly or monthly rate.

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Food Truck Wraps: Tom Wahl's

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Streamline revamps a massive 26-foot kitchen on wheels.

In "A Healthy Wrappetite," Associate Editor Kiersten Feuchter dives into five food truck wraps created by Buffalo, New York-based Streamline Designs. All featured truck graphics were printed on a Roland Soljet Pro 4 XR-640, wrapped with 3M Controltac IJ180Cv3, and laminated with 3M Scotchcal Gloss Overlaminate 8518.

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Benchmark Imaging & Display Acquires DPI

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Aims to expand products and services.

DPI, a Rolling Meadows, Illinois-based large-format print and finishing provider, has been acquired by Benchmark Imaging & Display full-service printing and production house. DPI will relocate production to Benchmark’s headquarters in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The merger aims to expand services and products for both companies’ customers.

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New PVC-Free Film from Avery Dennison

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Designed for textured and rough surfaces.

Avery Dennison has added MPI 1405 “ultra-conformable” film with a high-gloss finish to its Next Generation Collection of digital films. MPI 1405 is PVC-free, features a long-term removable adhesive, and is pending eco-friendly GreenGuard certification. The film is available with the company’s Easy Apply RS technology, said to reduce wrinkles and bubbles while allowing the film to be repositioned before pressure is applied.

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SPGPrints to Open Demonstration and Training Facility

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The company’s Experience Center will feature operational printers and more.

SPGPrints will open an Experience Center for digital textile customers and end-user brands at its headquarters in Boxmeer, Netherlands. Set to begin operation September 4, the 7535-square-foot demonstration and training facility will feature the company’s Pike and Javelin digital textile printers for demonstrations and customer trials. Additional features include a conference room with advanced audio and video system and spaces for technical and commercial training.

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SGIA Expo 2017’s Pre-Show Workshops

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Two half-day sessions offered October 9.

SGIA will offer two half-day programs prior to the 2017 SGIA Expo in New Orleans. “Wide-Format 101: Four Steps to Profitability” is a returning workshop focusing on large-format inkjet technology, covering topics such as vertical markets, product areas, color management, materials, finishing, advice for running a business, and more.

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Vibrant Sign Studio's Wall Wrap Connects Athletes

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Festival attendees share their 'six-word stories' on chalkboard vinyl.

Faith Rx’d, a Christian fitness community, needed a way to connect with athletes at the Wodapalooza Fitness Festival. Vibrant Sign Studio found the perfect solution in a three-panel wall wrapped in Mactac wallChalker. Passersby chalked their “six-word stories” onto the wrap, printed with a Roland Soljet Pro 4 XR-640.

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2018 Dscoop Dates Announced

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Event for digital service providers scheduled for March 25-28.

The 2018 Dscoop conference will be held March 25-28 at the Gaylord Texan Resort near Dallas. HP Graphics Solutions’ annual event for digital service providers in North America will be chaired by David Bennett, president of Bennett Graphics, with support from Kathy Wise, Dscoop board co-chair, and Amanda Bass, Dscoop board member and head of creative services for Aflac. Registration for the conference begins September 10 during Print 17 in Chicago.

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