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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 0 N O V E M B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 4 3 ily uploaded into a router to cut faces, and score and cut the back of the sign. We have plans to incorporate addition- al tools to assist in project management and sales," says Jeff Fassett, VP of busi- ness development. Another part of integration in the future will be incorporating IOT into sign applications. The idea of smart signs that monitor energy consumption and can report outages will continue to grow. Colite has developed its own cloud system called Signalytix for moni- toring and tracking of signage programs. 4. Printed LED technology. Interestingly, I ended up learning about and helping develop printed LEDs when I worked at Dow Chemical 20 years ago. The technology was very new and has been slow to develop. However, there is no question that end users and sign mak- ers want lower profile signage and LED modules are inherently point sources. The name of the game is light distri- bution, and printed LEDs could be a disruptor to discreet LED modules in the sign industry over the next five years. Recently, several companies have made real improvements in this space and though not a current trend, it is something to look out for. TREND SETTING When you look back at the history of LEDs in the sign industry (or any technology for that matter), you see a classic cycle. LEDs have gone from replacing existing technol- ogy in neon and T-12 fluorescents to inte- gration as a system, and now expansion of applications that offer a range of more so- phisticated ways that they can be used. Lines between traditional architectural lighting and signage will continue to blur and sys- tems will continue to be more integrated and streamlined. Finally, be on the lookout for new technologies that move the cheese by creating new form factors or new manu- facturing technologies and processes. GP J. BRYAN VINCENT is an expert in the field of solid state lighting and electronic materials. He has dedi- cated the past 10 years to developing LED solutions specific to the sign industry and is a partner at Principal LED. He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a Ph.D. in chemistry/materials science. Principal LED Introduces its NEW and IMPROVED With the NEW Pigmented Flex Jackets, you can add a pop of color to your building both day and night. Enjoy wrapping your building quickly and easily. Email us today at for a FREE layout of your Flex products. 3490 Venture Dr. San Angelo, TX 76905 325.227.4577 PIGMENTED FLEX

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