We do a lot of banners. We had been making them before, but since our vinyl services through AEgraphics were improved, we can now offer you a lot more, quicker. So what are your options?
Full-color: This means exactly what it says; we can use all colors on the banner at once.
Front & Back: Technically, this is two banners attached back-to-back to make a front & back banner.
One-sided: This is when we only print on one side of the banner.
Vinyl: A high-quality, durable, flexible plastic. Can be made to be weather-resistant.
Canvas: A durable, weather-resistant cloth that has a rough texture. Typically, 17mil.
Fabric: 9oz. premium polyester fabric that is usually meant for indoors.
Mesh: A material that has tiny holes in it to allow for airflow, reducing the risk of tearing.
Matte: A surface with no shine.
Glossy: A shiny and smooth surface.
Hemmed: This is where the sides of the banner are folded over to reduce thread tearing.
Not hemmed: The sides are not folded over and occasional threads may come loose. Handling with more care might prevent this.
With stand: We have several different stand options (supported on sides, from top to bottom, bottom to top, from behind, etc.), but the banner will have to be a specific size to fit with each stand.
Grommets at corners and/or every couple feet: These are metal ring eyelets placed in the banner so that hanging from rope will prevent ripping the actual banner fabric. We can place them at the corners only or every couple of feet.
Pole pockets: These are little pockets at the corners of banners that support a pole being inserted into them.
Any size up to 9' x 30' (the material options for huge banners is limited).
So now that all the options have been put out there, where do you order? You can do it 3 ways:
Your employees do a lot (hopefully)!The last thing you want to do is make them feel unappreciated or unwanted (see above picture for realistic scenario), but you're having trouble finding a way to let them know how vital they are to the company. A gift is always nice, but here are some other ways to boost their morale:
If a gift or award is the way you want to go, here are a couple of items deserving of a shout-out:
We've partnered with J.D. Legends for a few projects, so our contact, Wasfi, wanted to make a video tour of our shop. We were told to dress a little nicer than normal because we might be interviewed. We did. However, some of us did not realize the format of the video.
It was a Facebook Live video, and we found this out 2 minutes before going live!
Hearts suddenly pounding.
"And we're live..."
Each of us were interviewed in turn about our specialties within the shop: Kerri with vinyl, Tyler with management, and Danielle with marketing and products. We were all nervous, though, so excuse our demeanors.
At the end of the video, Wasfi gave out a $25 gift certificate, and just like that, his assistant shut off the camera and they were on their way. What a whirlwind!
Let's just say that now we know to expect the unexpected when it comes to videos.
Making awards and keepsakes seems simple, but we would not be able to do it without key things we learned in school from some fantastic teachers. Here are some examples of how we use the subjects in school to help us make quality products for our customers:
So, I guess what we're trying to say is "Thank you!" to our teachers for giving us the skills and knowledge necessary to do our job.
This year for the Spring season, we are on a mission: to save the Easter bunnies (and their friends)! See, every day, animals suffer from lack of proper care and/or a loving home. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton helps those needs by providing vaccines and other veterinary care, investigating animal cruelty and abuse, and seeking out great homes for animals of all sorts. This is why we've teamed up with them from now until April 30th; we'll be donating 10% of proceeds from all St. Patrick's Day and Easter products that are sold.
How can you help? Spread the word! Anyone who wants these items can call us, email us, or come in to make a purchase. Share on your social media sites and tag us. That way, even if you can't purchase anything at this time, you can still help save the Easter bunnies.
Beginning this month, we are offering vinyl vehicle wraps through our division AEgraphics. If you are not a car aficionado, a vinyl wrap is like a giant sticker put on a vehicle, except these stickers hug the vehicle's every contour, so it seems like the sticker has been painted on. The vinyl wrap process is done in 3 stages: design, production, and installation.
This is where our graphic designers get the exact measurements of every part of the car where the vinyl will go, then design how it will look. Sometimes, people only want a decal on their tailgate, a window covered in an advertisement, vinyl lettering for their business, or racing rally stripes down the middle of their sports car. Other times, people want their car to have a new color or design from hood to trunk.
This stage is when the design is printed on giant, sticky paper called vinyl. Each design for each little part of the vehicle is printed and laminated to add an extra layer of protection to the design. The life expectancy of vinyl is around 7-10 years with no damage to the original paint.
This is when we actually put the vinyl on the vehicle. The process needs controlled conditions, such as a certain air temperature, humidity, and even lack of dust. Any imperfection, like rust, chipped paint, or scratches could prohibit this installation. Wrapping a car takes about 1-3 days. We can also remove old designs to make room for the new vinyl graphics.
Vehicle wraps are perfect for businesses with fleets, to advertise your side-hustle, or to add some flare to your new ride.
Vehicle wraps aren't all we can do with vinyl, though. If you want to decorate your nursery, waiting room, or business with lettering on the walls or windows, we do that (see pictures below). If you want to do vinyl instead of wallpaper (it's much more easy to remove), we do that, too. If you want your own whiteboard, we can do that, too. Even if you want to do decals for your man cave or wrap a refrigerator, we can do it. The possibilities are only as endless as your creativity.
Keep updated on our status here.
A lot of what we do at Awards of Excellence is sublimation. One of the ways we do this is by sublimating metal plates, stone, fabric, and other materials. Sublimating is when something solid (ink) becomes a gas without becoming a liquid first (Source).
Probably the most popular use of this process is when dry ice goes straight from ice to vapor and how they get all the water out of freeze-dried foods. For our purposes, ink is the substance in question; we print an image (using any colors) onto special paper with a sublimation printer, secure the paper against a metal plate, press the plate and paper against each other with two very hot plates, wait 60 seconds, then take the plate and paper out. When we peel the paper away from the metal plate (with gloves!), the image has been transferred onto the metal. The heat caused the solid to turn to gas, which was immediately transferred to the metal and was turned into a solid again when cooled. It's a little bit like magic, but it's purely science.
The word "sublimation" has been used since the late 1550s and comes from the Latin sublimatus, meaning "to lift up" (Source), but the process itself was first explained by Jabir ibn Hayyan (Gerber) in the 700s (Source). Gerber is known as the father of chemistry and having discovered dry ice.
Nowadays, anyone with the right press can sublimate ink onto metal, fabric, paper, etc. A lot of neat things can be made through sublimation. So, if you want a plaque, name plate, medal, or gift that is fully customizable, ask us about it. In the meantime, here are a few sublimatable items we offer at our store:
It was my second week of work. A man came into our shop--dusty work coat, roughly trimmed beard, tough bleached jeans--and walked up to the counter. My two other coworkers were hard at work, so it was up to me to help him out. I may not have known much about how to make awards yet, but I knew how to be nice to people! So, I walked up to the counter, smiled, said “Hi!” and waited.
He proceeded to tell me about a stellar employee of his, one of those who hadn’t ever missed a day of work, did overtime when needed, and labored to the best of his ability. He was also an employee who was about to retire. So with pride, yet sadness, the man in the shop explained that he wanted something to show his employee the appreciation he deserved.
He first noticed an engraved hammer attached to a plaque on our wall and thought that might be the ticket, but he wanted something bigger, grander.
I decided to give him a tour. I’m not afraid to say I was playing it off like I knew things I didn’t. Although, I did mention that I was new and might not have the expertise he was looking for. But I was determined. I showed him plaques and trophies and acrylic awards and resins while we made small talk.
But then, what did his eyes behold but a nearly two-foot-tall column trophy. This was it. The item. The largest trophy he could muster for his beloved employee. But how to customize it? What topper to embellish it with? To the catalogs we went, flipping through pages and pages of potential toppers. Unfortunately, most of what we saw were for sports. We needed something for construction.
“What about a hammer on top?” I suggested. His eyes lit up. “I think that’ll do it!” he exclaimed. So now we game-planned.
Pick out the base. Check. Choose the ornaments. Check. Buy a hammer. Check. Decide on a plate engraving. Check. Engrave the hammer. Check. Attach the hammer to the base… That was harder than we thought it would be. But, eventually, with glue, a screw, and patience, check.
The finished product:
Over three feet of delicious wood, metal, and plastic made for an appreciated employee at his time of retirement. Happy sigh. These are the stories that make my job fun.
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