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National sign code update

February 26, 2010

The final rule adopting the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Devices was recently published in the Federal Register. Signs on the primary and interstate highways are subject to the MUTCD, which is effectively a national sign code. Governments are required to adopt the new MUTCD standards within two years.

New elastomers from Bluestar Silicones

Bluestar Silicones is launching a new line of TCS 7560 and TCS 7561 Silbione® products designed for the elastic band material market for lingerie and medical applications such as support stockings and medical equipment. The new silicone elastomers, flexible and harmless to the skin, offer improved anti-slip noncompression properties for greater wearer comfort. For the …

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New carwrap business program

Mutoh America introduced the Carwraps Business Builder program, offered free of charge with the purchase of a ValueJet 1304 or 1614 printer. The program is geared toward companies and individuals interested in entering the vehicle graphics industry, as well as experienced “wrappers.” The program is comprised of three elements: training, support and marketing assistance, with …

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EDPA elects Burkette

The Exhibit Designers and Producers Association elected Jay Burkette to the executive board in the role of vice president, administration. In this two-year tenured position, Burkette will be responsible for monitoring and enforcing the association bylaws and meetings, assisting with administrative matters and coordinating the nomination activities and appointments for board and executive committee positions. …

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DaVinci donates to TV show

DaVinci Technologies donated Solvent Satin Canvas to the ABC reality television show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” In the episode, which originally aired on Dec. 6, the community of Clarksville, Tenn., came together to help Trina Scott and her three daughters, who lost their father, David, in a sudden accident. DaVinci Technologies manufactures and supplies a …

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New how-to videos

AW Specialty Papers launched three new videos demonstrating how to apply heat transfer paper onto dark-colored substrates using a commercial heat press. Available on YouTube, each video highlights one of three new products: Koncert T, Laser Dark and 3G Jet-Opaque. The IMAGE CLIP series is for use with laser printers or copiers, and the 3G …

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The benefits of employee certification

By Pat Hayes, CPP The Industrial Fabrics Association International’s Craftsman Certification programs have been a point of much discussion during the past year. The programs were put on hold due to costs and limited member participation. IFAI has seen fit to move forward, placing more responsibility on its divisions to not only sponsor and supervise …

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Vehicle wrap demonstrations

Arlon and Mutoh America joined to sponsor the Graphics of the Americas Vehicle wrap center. The wrap was featured at the GOA tradeshow in Miami, Fla., Feb. 25–27. Arlon featured the new DPF 6000XRP. Free demonstrations educate end users on the proper techniques and tools needed to complete a profitable vehicle wrap.

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The Flag Loft seizes opportunities

By Jill C. Lafferty The sister-brother team of Maureen and Rick Kelly credit their father’s advice for leading them into the flag and banner business. “He never owned a company, but believed that the best way to run a business was to rely on your own decisions and not others,” says Maureen Kelly. “We saw …

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Oracal earns award

Oracal USA received the 2009 Vendor of the Year Award from USCutter.com, a national distributor with headquarters in Woodinville, Wash. USCutter.com was able to increase sales by 210 percent thanks to Oracal’s full line of pressure sensitive adhesive products, as well as its sales and marketing support.