Sign & Digital Graphics

July '18

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speed, price and quality improve." He adds that mesh banners are ideal for special events. "Our exterior vertical format street banners are as popular as ever, especially when installed on state-of- the-art quality hardware. Basically, dye- sub is showing up everywhere," he says. Lepley adds that when installing street banners, the most important aspect is the hardware. "A good quality, strong banner on inferior hardware will fail when not properly installed." For some tips, check out "Banner Hardware Guidebook" at documentation. SEG Fabric Frames Babkauskaite points out that clients are requesting SEG Fabric frames which allows a customer to display a fabric print in a virtually frameless system. "This is gaining traction as it could be used as a backlit display as well. We are having a hard time finding reliable large format printers for this particular type of instal- lation and not so many companies out there offer this service at a reasonable price." As for installation tips, she says use the company's banner stretching frame system for raw edge or grommeted ban- ners (any type of banners and different weights of vinyl). "It makes installation a breeze and graphic change-outs quick and easy—all while displaying your ban- ner beautifully in a drum-tight manner." Stretching the Options Nonte says their customers are using stretch fabrics to tackle experimental and architectural banner displays, such as curved SEG frames for interior instal- lations. "Additionally, we see customer demand increasing for multi-functional products such as our Deko-Tex 7048GFS, which can complete approximately 80 percent of banner projects. Print shops typically try to keep fabric stock low by using a single product for multiple appli- cations thereby lowering inventory costs. We certainly keep this strategy in mind when recommending fabrics to custom- ers or engineering new products.' Popular Apps He adds that some the popular applications that clients are looking for include: backlit and frontlit SEG frames, retail and P.O.P. displays, retractable ban- ner stands, event backdrops, tradeshow graphics, flag, fence and building wraps, outdoor banners, canopies, umbrellas and awnings. Nonte explains when selecting fabrics for SEG applications, it is important to choose a fabric with dimensional stretch, which allows finished graphics to per- form correctly by eliminating sagging, wrinkles, and bunching along frame edges. "Dimensionally stable fabrics can also be easily sewn with a Keder core to snap tightly into frame systems. For backlit fabrics, print service providers need to ensure that their fabric features an effective light diffusion coating to eliminate 'hot spots' from LED light. Outdoor applications require durable substrates to withstand the elements, often with water repel coatings." Nonte adds that engaging in transpar- ent conversation with your print media provider is pivotal. "We cannot stress this enough. Illustrating a project's specs and goals accurately allows your supplier to best assess your needs and recommend the optimal substrate." Displays from Another Planet Nonte says that one such print pro- vider that they are engaged with on projects is Planet Tradeshow, a division of Meno Enterprises, located in Ball Ground, Georgia. Jared Hager, project manager at the company states: "We love working with T V F and repeat- edly use their Supernova and Microlux Soft 8179WFLBS fabrics for backlit and front-lit SEG systems and banners, which achieve high quality, beautiful graph- ics. We also use a significant amount of TVF's Midnight Blockout that performs extremely well in retractable banner stands due to its opacity, outstanding color yield, and anti-curl nature." SDG A sample cost for a 10' x 20' foot fram- ing system is roughly $1,000 but would be less for resellers or higher-quantity orders, says Vaiva Babkauskaite of Alpina Manufacturing. (Image courtesy of Alpina Manufacturing) S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • July 2018 • 55 Product Highlights Welcome to the Product Highlights section, where each month we offer you resources to enrich and expand your business with great services and products from our adver- tisers. Quickly find and request free information on the suppliers featured in this section by visiting Slim. Sleek. Shining. Highly conformable for compound curves, this thin overlaminate is excellent for vehicle and boat wraps. 3M ™ Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8418G Request a sample at NEW

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