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NEW PRODUCTS By Steve Aust Send information about new products to: Product Showcase: Wrap Tools 3M Tools 3M Commercial Graphics (St. Paul, MN) manufactures several vinyl-installation tools. Available products include: * 3M™ Gold firm, nylon-edge and 3M Blue flexible, vinyl squeegees, and SA-1 low-friction squeegee sleeves; * Four varieties (TSA-1 through -4) of textured-surface applicators, which, depending on the model, are designed to quickly cover large areas or navigate edges, corners and other hard-to-reach spaces; * Roller L and S vehicle-channel applicators (Roller L applies heated film), and the CPA-2 rapid-roller applicator, which has a rounded grip that facilitates full arm movement; * A Power Grip applicator that's designed to create even pressure on the company's Controltac™ with Comply™ air-release media; * A Power Grip rivet brush and multi-pin air-release tool; * 8914 edge-sealing tape, which protects film edges and seams, and Tape Primer 94, which promotes film adhesion to plastics, paints and other challenging surfaces; * And, the VCAT vehicle-channel applicator, a handheld, soft, beveled foam roller that conforms heated film into vehicle channels. (800) 328-3908; Onyx Graphics App Onyx Graphics (Salt Lake City, UT) offers SmartApps™ VehicleWraps, an application that enables panel layout and design within one program. According to the company, SmartApps offers design features during set-up that create accurate outputs, streamline print production and finishing, and reduce overhead. The app enables work entirely within Adobe Illustrator, and allows the importing of templates into the program, and an interface enables panel creation within Illustrator. The system also generates tile maps, which simplify installation. Onyx states that the app significantly reduces the cost of a typical print job's production. (800) 828-0723; 38 SIGNS OF THE TIMES / DECEMBER 2013 / Yellotools Squeegees Yellotools (Windeck, Germany and Huntington Beach, CA) sells numerous vehicle-wrap-installation tools, such as new AllStar squeegees, which feature a rounded edge that reportedly simplifies vinyl application. AllStar varieties include Teflon® (which reduces friction), anti-static and transparent, as well as extra soft to extra hard. Other squeegees include YelloMaxx 6-in.-wide squeegees; YellowWrap Bio (a wood squeegee) and antistatic squeegees; YelloMini narrow squeegees, which are designed for tight spaces; YelloBig 12-in. squeegees; felt squeegees, and related application accessories. Other wrap tools Yellotools markets include YelloRoller applicators; SpeedMag, FlatMag and BigMag magnets; SpareBlade weeding tools, and YelloCut replaceable-blade cutters. (714) 273-3223;

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - December 2013

Signs of the Times - December 2013
ST Update
Technology Update
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Electric
LED Update
Software Update
Technology Review - Universal Laser’s ILS9.75 and ILS12.75 platform lasers
Technology Review - CET Color’s 500K X-Press flatbed, UV-cure printer
New Products
The Hands Have It
Digital Print Update
The First Neon Sign in America
The USSC Design Awards
Advertising index
Editorially speaking

Signs of the Times - December 2013