Sign & Digital Graphics

November '17

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2 • November 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 - V O L U M E 3 2 , N O . 2 Contents 6 The Long View The singular future of automation By Ken Mergentime 8 In the Trenches The trooper By Rick Williams ELECTRIC SIGNAGE Covering advances in illuminated signage, including electronic displays, message centers, channel letters and more. 18 Driving the Diode Understanding LED drivers By Ryan Fugler RUNNING THE BUSINESS Covering sign industry trends, legal issues, finances, sales, marketing, sign codes, shop maintenance and more. 24 Building Your Impressions Closing the sale faster By Scott Franko 28 Managing Workplace Politics Make how things get done work for you By Vince DiCecco PRINTING AND FINISHING Covering the latest in digital printing, media, ink and finishing for banners, backlits, graphics and more. 33 In the Market for a High-End Printer? What to look for in this major purchase By Bill Schiffner 38 The Digital Eye Breaking Murphy's Law By Stephen Romaniello WRAPS Covering the tools and techniques for creating, installing and selling vinyl wraps. 44 Let's Talk Shop Wrap shop workflow By Charity Jackson 49 Wraps Projects What's being done in the field 50 Rough and Ready Wraps Brick and cinder blocks are no obstacles to great displays By Andy Stonehouse ©2017 National Business Media, Inc., all rights reserved. Sign & Digital Graphics (ISSN 2158-1533) is published monthly by National Business Media, Inc., 2800 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield, CO 80020; (303) 469-0424, Fax (303) 469-5730. Subscription rates in the US: One year, $45; Two years, $80; Three years, $108. Canada: One year, $76; Two years, $142; Three years, $201 (U.S. funds). Mexico/International: One year, $98; Two years, $186; Three years, $267 (U.S. funds). Periodicals Postage Paid at Broomfield, CO 80020 and additional mailing offices. USPS/National Business Media Automatable Poly. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to Sign & Digital Graphics, PO Box 460794, Escondido, CA 92046-0794. All items submitted to Sign & Digital Graphics become the sole property of Sign & Digital Graphics and National Business Media, Inc. and cannot be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. Advertisers and/or their agencies, jointly and severally, assume all liabilities for printed advertisements in Sign & Digital Graphics. Opinions expressed in Sign & Digital Graphics may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the magazine, its management or its advertisers. Letters, pictures and manuscripts welcome. Page 33 DIGITAL GRAPHICSL Page 44 DIGITAL GRAPHICSL

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