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Explore the Best & Brightest in Graphics and Signage Solutions Here and at ISA

Looking to address customer needs? Expand your business? Increase productivity? Deliver peace of mind? Preview some of the 3M offerings that will be on display – and demonstrated – at the ISA International Sign Expo on April 8-10‚ 2010. 3M’s booth is #2062. Can’t make it to ISA? Just read on for information that could be valuable to your business.

Featured Solutions‚ Warranties & Programs

Total Solutions for Illuminated Signs: A Brilliant Union of Graphics and Lighting
New‚ cutting-edge LED-based lighting technologies could open up new opportunities for you in illuminated signs. Think brilliant‚ environmentally sustainable LED-based lighting solutions that offer versatility‚ customization and cost savings.

3M™ LED High Efficiency Light Panel (HELP) can be inserted directly into a sign cabinet and 3M™ Flexible Light Mat is ideal for all signage needs‚ including hard-to-light shapes and sizes. Use these solutions to design signs that are brilliant‚ thin and uniform.

Consider retrofitting with 3M lighting solutions for more design options‚ including thinner signs.

Tip: Combine these lighting solutions with translucent films‚ 3M’s digitally printed sign faces and overlaminates for backlit signs that will surpass expectations in every way. Learn more at the Illuminated Sign Solutions demonstration during ISA.

3M™ LED High Efficiency Light Panel (HELP)
3M™ LED High Efficiency Light Panel (HELP)
3M™ Flexible Light Mat
3M™ Flexible Light Mat

Don’t miss 3M’s seminar‚ “Light Management Strategies for Illuminated Signs” at ISA.
When: April 8 from 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Register for the session.

Warranted Durability for Digitally Imaged Sign Faces

Warranted Durability for Digitally Imaged Sign Faces
Great news for you and your customers! 3M has extended the warranted durability of finished graphics for digitally imaged sign faces. Backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty‚ finished graphics using 3M™ Scotchcal™ Luster Overlaminate 3619 and Overlaminate 3620 may be warranted for outdoor use for up to six years.

When used with recommended products‚ the overlaminates provide added durability to flexible‚ rigid‚ flat and thermoformed sign faces. The overlaminates are compatible with products‚ including:

  • 3M™ Panagraphics™ III Wide-Width Flexible Substrate
  • 3M™ Scotchcal™ Translucent Graphic Films
  • 3M™ Piezo Inkjet Inks

Versatile‚ Changeable Film for Wall Decorating
3M™ Wall Decorating Film IJ86E lets you print and install interior wall graphics with the greatest of ease and speed. What’s more‚ the film is a changeable and environmentally preferred solution that’s sure to please eco-conscious customers. The film doesn’t curl and you can count on clean removal. From retail to home use‚ it’s an ideal way to decorate and express messages.

Films with Outstanding Cutting & Weeding Capabilities
Add the power of reflectivity to essential graphic details like phone numbers and web addresses:

Deliver affordable durability. The intermediate 3M™ Scotchcal™ Graphic Film Series 50 offers outstanding cutting and weeding capabilities down to 3/8 inches. Advantages also include easy de-identification and surface re-use thanks to the removable adhesive. Don’t miss the demo at ISA.

3M™ LED High Efficiency Light Panel (HELP)
Add the power of reflectivity with 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Graphic Film Series 5100R and IJ5100R

Versatile Piezo Inks (Backed by the Gold Standard in Warranties)
Designed for use with Agfa (Gandi) Jeti 3312, 3324 and 5024 solvent ink printers, lets you print warranted graphics on durable 3M films ranging from super-cast vinyl films and highly reflective films to flexible awning materials and almost everything in between.

Better still, 3M ink series 6200 gives you (and your customers) peace of mind by producing graphics backed by the industry gold standard, the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty.*

* When used with 3M media and printed and applied according to 3M technical literature.

3M™ Piezo Inkjet Series 6200
The new 3M™ Piezo Inkjet Series 6200 inks are designed for use with Agfa (Gandi) Jeti 3312, 3324 and 5024 solvent ink printers.

You can also explore 3M products by visiting these 3M Strategic Authorized Distributors exhibiting at ISA 2010:

  • Pitman Company‚ booth #2172
  • Tubelite Company‚ Inc.‚ booth #2301
  • Grimco‚ Inc.‚ booth #754
  • N. Glantz & Son‚ booth #1325

Set Your Business Apart with a Certificate of 3M™ MCS™ Warranty
Advertise your commitment to delivering quality and peace of mind. 3M now offers a certificate to help you gain an edge by promoting your ability to offer the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, for digitally printed graphics.

The certificate reaffirms that 3M will stand behind qualifying graphics made with 3M products and processes – a promise that extends to graphic manufacturers and brand owners. Register at

3M Demonstrations & More at ISA

Illuminated Sign Solutions
Experience the brilliant union of graphics and lighting with demonstrations featuring 3M’s digitally printed sign faces, translucent films, overlaminates, as well as two cutting-edge lighting solutions, 3M™ Flexible Light Mat and 3M™ High Efficiency Light Panel (HELP).

Stunning Vehicle Wraps
Watch vehicles get transformed into works of art in the hands of wrap masters. Visit 3M (booth #2062) and Pitman Co. (booth #2172) for intense vehicle wrap action featuring premium and intermediate 3M film solutions.

3M will demonstrate on a Chevrolet HHR how 3M™ Controltac™ Wrap Film with Comply™ v3 Adhesive IJ380Cv3 and 3M™ Scotchcal™ Gloss Overlaminate 8580 can take on the most challenging vehicles by bridging‚ stretching and yes‚ adhering with no primer. Stay as long as you’d like to learn to install yourself. We will have graphics waiting for you to apply with professional installers to assist.

3M films will also be starring in the American Wrap Star contest (see article below for details).

Weed with Speed‚ Offer Affordable Durability

3M’s range of electronic cutting products can help deliver fast profits for your business. Get valuable technical knowledge by reading Tech Talks: Electronic Cutting with 3M Graphic Films.

The article offers:

  • General descriptions of software and hardware available for electronic cutting.
  • Details about 3M vinyl and e-films designed for electronic cutting.
  • Cutting application and weeding guidelines.
  • Facts and trouble-shooting tips.

Fast‚ Crisp‚ Quality Options for Electronic Cutting
See how 3M’s range of opaque‚ electronically cut materials can help deliver fast profits for your business.

3M™ Scotchcal™ Graphic Film Series 50
3M™ Scotchcal™ Graphic Film Series 50 offers fast‚ crisp weeding and affordable durability.

American Wrap Star Event – Prizes Worth $250‚000

American Wrap Star Event – Prizes Worth $250‚000

Do you have what it takes to be the first American Wrap Star? Sign up to show off your vehicle wrap skills and win big during ISA 2010!

This year‚ up to 128 skilled wrappers from across North America will compete for the “American Wrap Star 2010” title and trophy. The contest is hosted by ISA and Digital Design Ware. As the platinum sponsor‚ 3M is providing materials for the competition, as well as prizes and on-site support.

The Competition
Eight vehicles will be displayed and wrapped in five rounds over the course of the three-day ISA show. The task for each round? Wrap designated areas of a vehicle with quality and speed.

When: Mornings and afternoons during ISA International Sign Expo‚ April 8-10‚ 2010.
Where: American Wrap Star booth #796 in the South Building.

Enter for a Chance to Win Big
Prizes awarded to top winners include:

  • Digital printer
  • Laminator
  • A flatbed applicator
  • High-end vinyl cutter with camera system and software
  • Design Software
  • 3M materials & tools

All participants, regardless of ranking, will receive a prize package of vouchers for vinyl, laminates, discounted products, other supplies, software and wrap tools worth nearly $1,800.

How to Participate
Anyone with wrapping experience is eligible to participate in the contest. For more information or to download the entry form‚ visit

For additional details‚ e-mail