Sign & Digital Graphics

October '17

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14 • October 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ORAFOL Europe Acquires Connecticut Film and Sheet Company Germany-based ORAFOL Europe GmbH announces its acquisi- tion of Rowland Technologies Inc. of Wallingford, Connecticut. Rowland Technologies is a specialty manufacturer of high- quality plastic film and sheet. With a unique extrusion process and proprietary in-house tooling techniques, Rowland makes progressive solutions for a wide range of applications world- wide, according to its new parent company. The latest addition to the ORAFOL Group enhances the company's production capabilities and product offerings while ensuring quality standards for a key raw material, ORAFOL says. "On behalf of Rowland Technologies Inc., we are extremely pleased and excited to be a part of the ORAFOL Team," says Stephen DiMugno, president and CEO of Rowland Technologies. "I am confident that Rowland's unique capa- bilities and products will complement ORAFOL's vast global presence. We are looking forward to integrating into the ORAFOL family and sharing our mutual strengths that will benefit our customers" Rowland's portfolio of high-performance products includes its RowTec polycarbonate film, SolaTuf impact-mod- ified acrylic film and Rowlux illusion film. The company will continue operations in its newly expanded 70,000-square- foot facility under the name Rowland Technologies, An ORAFOL Company. ikeGPS Announces Integration Deal with Aries Graphics New Zealand-based ikeGPS, makers of Spike—a laser-based measuring tool that allows sign makers to take accurate dimensions on a job site using their smartphone or tablet— announces a new co-marketing and software integration deal with Ventura, California-based Aries Graphics. Aries Graphics makes software that targets the sign industry. The agreement concerns Aries Graphics' LED Wizard software, which is designed to create accurate LED module layout plans for sign makers. The integration enables sign professionals to use LED Wizard with Spike to streamline their workflow of designing and estimating LED channel letters and sign cabinets. According to the companies, the solution is particularly suited to LED retrofits, where it is notoriously difficult and time consuming to create an accurate estimate. "This partnership with ikeGPS will bring tangible benefits to our LED Wizard customers worldwide, who are under constant pressure to create accurate estimates quickly," says Jeff Fassett, president of Aries Graphics International. Adds Glenn Milnes, CEO of ikeGPS: "We are pleased to partner with such a trusted software provider to the sign and digital graphics industry, allowing us to bring Spike further into estimation processes for sign companies." Drytac Boosts its Converting Capabilities Richmond, Virginia-based Drytac, a manufacturer of adhesive- coated products and finishing equipment, announces that it is boosting its converting capabilities with the addition of a new sheeter at its Canadian manufacturing plant. Drytac has offered custom rolls sizes for the past 40 years. The new converter has been added to meet the grow- ing demand for custom sheet sizes of Drytac SpotOn and ViziPrint self-adhesive window products, fueled by the growth of high-volume, sheet-fed printing presses. Drytac PolarT and ReTac self-adhesive print vinyls will also benefit from this new custom sheet service, the company says. "We always look for ways to better serve our customers," says Paul Vanderweide, vice president of operations at Drytac Canada. "Additional in-house on-demand sheeting means more convenience and faster delivery times for our custom- ers. With this new machine, we can efficiently cut a wide range of customized sizes, including sheets up to 62" wide x 10' long. This is a great new addition to our custom converting services." New Specifier Guides from Gemini Cannon Falls, Minnesota-based Gemini, manufacturers of dimensional letters, logos and plaques, announces the avail- ability of new Specifier Guides for Gemini's most commonly- specified dimensional letter and plaque products. The guides include fabricated metal letters and logos, cast and flat cut metal letters and logos, and architectural plaques and panels. The Specifier Guides are intended to support Gemini's authorized resellers who are required to submit technical documentation as part of their bid submittal process. "The guides summarize our metal lettering and plaque product specs in an easy-to-understand format," says Kenan Hanhan, vice president of marketing at Gemini. "The informa- tion contained in the guides cover the basic finish options, common mounting methods, as well as other relevant specs associated with our metal letter and plaque products." For more information or to request the Gemini Specifier Guides, email

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