Archive for the ‘International Sign Association’ Category

World’s Largest Sign Convention

The World’s largest sign convention, The Expo, is coming to Las Vegas later this month.  The International Sign Association (ISA) hosts this mega-convention that features over 1,800 booths. More than 20,000 attendees are expected to attend the event whose key-note speaker this year is retired four-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal.  McCrystal will speak about his four-star management strategy which focuses on openness, teamwork and forward thinking strategies.

The seminar will feature the latest products, technology and applications for the sign industry; from the most sophisticated computer programs to sheet metal fabrication and sign installation equipment and crane trucks.  But one of the largest functions of The Expo is creating networking opportunities for the attendees and exhibitors.  For CNP Signs & Graphics it means connecting with knowledgeable sign installers and servicers across the country to better their serve national accounts.

The Expo will be held at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas with educational and networking events on April 27th, and the largest number of seminars of any past ISA convention on the 28th and 29th.  These educational programs include everything from crane operation safety to adapting the wisdom of the Art of War (Sun Tzu’s military strategy book from 590 BC) into your dealings with contractors.  This seminar does not include enhanced interrogation techniques, but negotiation strategies and tips on avoiding conflict.

For more information, visit their website www.signexpo.org

Title 24 Green Standards for Sign Industry

UL Verified Green Business Certification

UL, an independent, not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization, working with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and sign industry representatives, including Roy Flahive from CNP Signs & Graphics, has developed a program for sign manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with the energy conservation requirements within Title 24, of the California Energy Commission’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

CNP Signs & Graphics is currently one of only six companies nationwide to utilize these new building standard certifications.  “A sign that costs less for our customers to maintain will always be a win for our company as well,” says Bob McCarter, Vice President of CNP Signs & Graphics.  “Verified certification from UL is a great way to show our commitment to producing green signs for this growing market.”

The CEC adopted sign lighting regulations on January 1, 2010.  The requirements for signs can be found in the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, Title 24, Part 6, Section 148 of the California Code of Regulations.

The published sign lighting standards address both indoor and outdoor signs, and include mandatory automatic control requirements for all illuminated signs.  In addition, the standards set limits on installed lighting power for internally and externally illuminated signs.   There are two alternate methods to comply with the 2008 sign lighting standards.

•  Watts per square foot  – sets maximum power per sign area

•  Specific Technology – uses only energy efficient lighting technologies

UL48 sign manufacturers now have the option to apply the UL Energy Verified Mark to signs that demonstrate compliance to one of the lighting power alternatives described above in lieu of having a licensed contractor perform the evaluation on each sign.  The UL Safety Mark and the UL Energy Verified Mark will always appear together on signs covered under this new program.

Jack in the Box Re-Image Installations

Jack with the New Jack in the Box Logo

Jack in the Box is currently re-imaging and modernizing their exterior signage program to become more current and contemporary.  These new signs started appearing in late 2008, and became the norm in 2010.  Jack in the Box corporate worked closely with their designers and CNP Signs & Graphics to produce a look that was innovative and hip while keeping recognizable elements of the brand for the Jack consumer and allowing for rapid roll-out among their multiple national locations.

Jack in the Box, with over 2,100 locations in 18 states, has launched several new logo designs over the life of the company, averaging nearly one every ten years.  CNP Signs & Graphics has been involved with each re-imaging project over their 60 year history with Jack in the Box and is proud to consider themselves a partner of such an evolving company.

Not only has Jack corporate strived to update the exterior look of the signs, they’ve also updated the materials used to make them.  One major step included moving away from older illumination technology and ‘going green’ with the adoption of new, long-life Tri-Phosphor lamps to illuminate the ground signs and building signs. These lamps have a lifetime of approximately 5 – 7 years running at 8 hours a day (which is roughly 40% more efficient than the old standard fluorescent bulbs).  The money businesses save on service calls alone makes these lamps cost-effective, as well as environmentally friendly.  The tri-phosphor lamps are a relatively new product, and reflect both Jack in the Box’s and CNP Signs’ ability to keep up with new technology.  In fact, CNP Signs & Graphics is one of the first major programs nationwide to use these lamps.  

Jack in the box has always offered customers distinctive and innovative products, so why should their signs be any different?  As they stay on the cutting edge of the quick service industry, CNP Signs & Graphics continues to work closely with them to make sure the re-image and store openings are completed on time. Next time you are by a Jack in the Box check out the K in the new logo. Doesn’t it remind you of a certain someone’s smile? Jack maybe?