Finish Soft Signage Fabrics Like the Pros

With the heavy retail season upon us, you’re likely getting more requests for fabric banners and displays these days. Retail outlets often prefer the elegant, lightweight drape that fabric signage offers, as opposed to vinyl, for instance, for banners, hanging signage, table skirts and more.

However, when it comes to fabric signage, finishing needs can vary from fabric to fabric, since some cut cleanly and others may fray. Watch the video above to learn how to test your fabric, and which ones can simply be trimmed with a knife versus those that need a tool such as a heating knife to keep the weave from unraveling.

We offer a wide range of printable fabrics for a variety of print technologies:

For Aqueous

For Latex

For Solvent

A popular finishing option for printed fabric signage is pole pockets. Watch the video below for a fast, easy and professional result:

UPS Store Owners Visit LexJet’s Experience Center

Earlier this week, several owners of UPS Stores visited LexJet’s Experience Center, housed in its Sarasota, Fla., headquarters. It was a chance to not only put names to faces, but also get hands-on, up-close experience with the latest print technology and accessories and learn real-life strategies for growing their stores’ business.

“It’s always great  to have customers visit our state-of-the-art Experience Center where they can interact with the newest print technologies available in today’s market,” says LexJet national sales representative Vince Bejar. “Plus, they get the chance to talk to our experienced print technicians to learn about ways they can improve their current print operation/workflow.”

LexJet’s Michael Clementi leads a printer demonstration.

During the session, the UPS team learned about growing their blueprint and scanning services with the Epson SureColor T-5270 printer; they discovered the ease of use with the Canon PRO-4000 printer; and the advantages of printing with HP’s Latex technology.

The LexJet team also covered print finishing techniques, like using the hinge method to adhere yard signs, as well as bottom line advice on profit margins with tools like a pricing calculator that the UPS Stores could implement immediately.

“During a time when we all do so much communication over the phone or online, it was great to meet face-to-face with people I work with on a nearly daily basis,” Bejar says. “We hope to offer more of these types of hands-on visits soon.”

A Look Back at Some of 2016’s Best Printed Applications

With the advances in inkjet media, printers and ink, it’s no surprise that our customers continue to create some of the most innovative projects in the industry. Take a look back on 2016 with us to revisit some of the most inspiring customer projects we’ve ever seen:

Jamie Birch FeaturedTaking business décor to the next level: Designer Jamie Birch has brought a new way of displaying graphics to the table — literally. He transfers graphics onto flat surfaces such as tables, counter tops and bar tops, and constructs custom designs with LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric and LexJet Crystal Low Tack. The details of his process is, of course, a trade secret, however, he gave an overview of the steps. READ MORE.

Epson’s S60600 a “Well Thought-Out Machine” for New FASTSIGNS Shop

When Liz Allen’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in, and she decided to open up a FASTSIGNS franchise in Oviedo, Fla., she had a number of items on her to-do list, but perhaps few as important as purchasing a wide-format printer for the shop. When attending the ISA Sign Expo in Orlando earlier this year, she jumped on a discount offered in a show special, and purchased an Epson SureColor S60600 64-inch solvent printer from LexJet.

The Epson SureColor S60600 at FASTSIGNS Store 2106 in Oviedo, Fla.
The Epson SureColor S60600 at FASTSIGNS Store 2106 in Oviedo, Fla.

“FASTSIGNS did recommend the Epson,” Allen says. “We chose it because of its speed. It was three times faster than the other printer we looked at.”

Allen opened her new FASTSIGNS store in July, and because she’s new to wide-format printing, she hired Mike Howell, a seasoned sign shop printer, to manage production of banners, floor graphics, magnets and more of the shop’s offerings.

“I’ve been in the sign business for 30 years,” Howell says. “I saw the Epson printer when I was at FASTSIGNS corporate office, so I was able to get my hands on the printer. It’s very quick — a lot faster than a lot of the other machines I’ve used.”

Q & A: What Goes Into an Award-Winning Trade Show Booth?

Every trade show display is unique in its design, construction, size and technology, but what makes a great booth stand out above all of the others? Each year, Exhibitor Magazine hosts the Portable Modular Awards honoring the best of the best portable and modular exhibits, celebrating their excellent structure and design.

The displays are chosen based on their outstanding performance in a range of categories such as Best Use of Technology and the Best Use of Graphics, as seen above in this 2014 Sun Chemical Corp. booth built by E4 Design.

LexJet Keeps Things Lively at The UPS Store Convention

The UPS Store hosted 1,700 of its franchisees on Aug. 11 in Nashville for its bi-annual The UPS Store Convention. The focus of the event was helping The UPS Store franchisees learn how to better serve small businesses in their communities. As a preferred vendor and partner, we had the pleasure of exhibiting during the show.

The LexJet team manned a lively booth with GOframe canvas wrap and Canon PRO-series printer demonstrations throughout the day. “The presence of the Canon PRO-6000S in our booth was a huge hit,” says LexJet’s Vince Bejar. “We generated a ton of interest with UPS Stores that aren’t currently printing wide-format.”

Canon offers several new models with the PRO-series line, and the Canon PRO4000S drew a lot of interest, as it’s ideal for most UPS Store configurations. Bringing a wide-format printer in-house allows The UPS Stores to offer a variety of services to their customers, such as banners, posters, yard signs, custom canvas wraps and much more.

Things got really exciting when our team pulled the name of the winner of our booth’s Canon PRO-6000S printer, which went to Lynne Lee from The UPS Store 2459 in Springfield, Mo. Congrats to Lynne and her team for scoring the new printer, valued at $9,995!

Take a look at the video above to see all the action. If you have questions about how LexJet can support your franchisees, give us a call at 800-453-9538.

Canon PRO-6000S winner Lynne Lee with the LexJet team.
Canon PRO-6000S winner Lynne Lee with the LexJet team.