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CorelDRAW unveils ‘fastest, smartest’ graphics suite

02-Apr-2020

Screenshot of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2020

CorelDRAW says its Graphics Suite 2020 enables graphics professionals and teams to break down creative barriers with cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI), impressive performance enhancements and access to cloud-based collaboration to...

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Polymeric vinyl film for CAD/CAM plotters

02-Apr-2020

Van with graphics made with Ritrama's plotter vinyl.v

Ritrama is launching its RI-Mark Premium series of polymeric vinyl films designed to meet all needs in the sector of self-adhesive materials for CAD CAM plotter use.

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Digital printer uses water-based ink for décors

02-Apr-2020

The Roland EJ-640 wide format printer.

Along with durable printheads, low temperature drying and reduced ink costs of up to 50% compared to similar printer systems, the EJ-640 DECO is the only choice for customers serious...

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Translucent hanging solution creates ‘floating’ effect

18-Mar-2020

Translucent hanging solution creating a ‘floating’ effect

Easy one-step adjustment significantly reduces the time required to work at height, offering major safety advantages

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Arrow made from neonplusNeon Tropical nights sign The Sign Group neon sign

When talking about retro signs that make a huge impact, nothing beats neon, made famous by American sign makers who used it prolifically to light up locations in their vast country. It's still revered today and has made it's way back to the modern landscape as lots of people enjoy its appeal and cite the advantages of using it. But one company that has combined the striking look of neon, with modern materials and technology, is The Sign Group with their NeonPlus range, which combines LEDs with the look of neon.

Graeme Hoole, Production Manager, said: "Our NeonPlus letters/logos give you all the advantages of traditional neon without any of the drawbacks. Because of this, NeonPlus can be used in places that traditional glass neon can't, such as low level displays, uncovered, and at touching height. It doesn't get hot and there's no shock of any kind. All low voltage. It's a dream for creative types that were hindered by the limitations of neon."

They launched it at the start of 2014 and found that the demand has grown rapidly. Because of the impending limitations to be put on mercury based glass neon in 2020, businesses have been looking for alternatives. Through their contractors, the Sign Group have been asked to provide neon signage for all types of common high street retailers as well as, TV and movie sets, music festivals, exhibitions and art installations.

Some of the advantages of NeonPlus include; low voltage (12v and 24v); very bright; tough and hard wearing; seven static colours and RGB options; and can be DMX controlled and dimmed.

Graeme considers neon's popularity: "Traditional neon was always popular up until five to 10 years ago. It nosedived for general signage then, and a lot of skilled neon fabricators had to go and find other jobs. Then a few years ago when the 'retro' trend came back in, neon became really popular again. But with only very few manufacturers it seemed to drive the price up, which meant the only neon signs you really saw were the high end expensive jobs. Since then, more fabricators have reappeared, but again because of the impending limitations, it’s stunted the rejuvenation which has meant people have looked at alternatives, and landed on our door."

www.thesigngroup.co.uk