February’s American Heart Month…Spread the Word with Acrylic Sign Holders

American Heart MonthFebruary is American Heart Month and February 2nd is National Wear Red Day. For millions of Americans, awareness could be a pivotal, potentially life-saving event! Since heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, the medical community is banding together to get the word out about taking action and reducing risk through a healthier lifestyle.

President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the first American Heart Month in February 1964, when more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association, it’s still the leading cause of death globally at more than 17.3 million fatalities…a number that’s expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.

The news is not all grim, however. Again, awareness campaigns and medical advances have made a huge difference, and that’s part of the inspiration for National Wear Red Day in the fight against heart disease and stroke. The “Go Red for Women” movement is playing a pivotal role and the vital mission of raising money for the battle will be especially emphasized February 2nd via #WearRedandGive.

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If you are in the medical field, now’s a perfect opportunity to spread the word throughout your facilities. Put your slicks, posters, and promotional literature in the spotlight with clear acrylic Sign Holders (Item A085110ST). Increasing awareness starts by capturing the eye and locking attention on the message. This premium thickness Sign Holder slants back to meet the eye in a material that delivers high visual acuity.

Looking for other ways to get the word out? Why not include a segment on heart-healthy living in your newsletter? Maybe you can help host a community event and disseminate info about local health resources. Tweet about American Heart Month (and National Wear Red Day). Plus, the American Heart Association is glad to recruit members in the national movement supporting healthier communities.

February is the month for Sweethearts. Make it a month for STRONG hearts, too!




Plastec West 2018 and a New World in Plastics and its Uses

1569-anaheim-convention-centerAll eyes will be on the Anaheim Convention Center February 6-8 for this year’s Plastec West, billed as the nation’s largest advanced design and manufacturing showcase. Engineers, executives, and manufacturing experts will all be on the Expo showroom floor, exploring opportunities with plastics suppliers and new wrinkles in areas like injection molding and automation.

Besides coatings and rapid prototyping, the Plastec Expo will be a showcase for new innovations and technology…like tours, demos, and activities focused on 3D printing. Speakers will discuss 3D printing in applications ranging from medical device applications – vaccine delivery vehicles, surgical implants, and stents, for example – to the new Adidas Futurecraft 4D Shoe.

Last year, representatives from 3M, Apple, Disney, and Honeywell were all in attendance. This year, more than 2,000 suppliers will be showing wares from custom hybrid cabling to barcode duplication kits and neural electrodes. Free presentations and interactive exhibits will provide an up-close-and-personal look at tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies.

What’s trending upward in 2018 for Plastec West visitors? Many are looking for smarter manufacturing strategies and techniques for faster development cycles at lower cost. A Smart Manufacturing Innovation Summit features sessions on collaborative robots, AI, sensing technologies, and related topics. A new 3D Printing Innovation Summit opens up ideas in bioprinting (just to name one example) and how 3D printing is “shaping the future of manufacturing.”

In our niche, premium acrylic is our specialty in Sign Holders, Brochure Holders, and new Cubicle Name Plate Holders. At Plastec West, numerous other specialties could very well be game-changers in surgical robotics…and the next generation in wearable sensor technologies that track the body’s physiological state with real-time feedback for timely intervention. Today’s popular commercial versions just monitor physical activity and vital signs…not “molecular-level information related to the body’s dynamic chemistry.”

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By the way, wondering what’s special about Adidas’ Futurecraft 4D shoe? Digital Light Synthesis projects UV light into a pool of resin that hardens immediately into shape…a revolutionary way to take comfort and fit to new levels!

Tips on How to Clean Acrylic and Plexiglass

Tips on How to Clean Acrylic and PlexiglassBy nature, quality acrylic is both strong and delivers clear visual acuity with great longevity. These attributes are good reasons to invest in premium thickness acrylic Name Plate Holders, Table Tents, and Sign Holders. But like anything, the more care given toward preserving acrylic translates into more years of dedicated service!

That’s why we’re passing along a few helpful tips that will keep items like Brochure Holders in pristine shape as well as practically any acrylic and plexiglass.

Just like you would with eyeglasses and contact lenses, a delicate touch is the best approach. For small blemishes, slight fading, and light dirt or dust, all you may need is a premium micro-fiber cloth and soapy water. Wet the cloth and lightly blot the surface. Don’t go overboard, especially when applying pressure: too much could actually scratch the plastic.

And yes, soapy water should be enough to get the job done in most instances. There are professional cleaners, polishes, and scratch removers available, but the simple soap-n-water approach is both safe and very effective. For removing small amounts of dust, you may not even need the soap…just the H2O.

Be sure to NOT use Windex and other home glass cleaners. In fact, avoid ammonia-based cleaners altogether. The chemicals these products contain are actually harmful to acrylic and plexiglass, and could make them look cloudy in a hurry.Image-2

Another home product to avoid: paper towels. They cause scratches. That’s why you should opt for a micro-fiber cloth.

Home Improvement TV Guru Bob Vila even weighed in, offering an ultra-thorough additional step where you rinse out the cloth, soak it in plain water, and go over the surface once more for a uniform look. According to Mr. Vila, you should “avoid the three A’s: ammonia, abrasives, and aromatics.”

Prefer greener, more natural soap options? Be sure to check the ingredients. Gentle soaps like Dawn work fine. Just remember that you’re dealing with a sensitive material!


Tablet Holders and Rewards Programs Highlight CA Restaurant Month!

ag-email-header-restaurantOptimism is running high for 2018 in the restaurant, bar, and food service industry.  The National Restaurant Association surveyed nearly 700 professional chefs in the American Culinary Federation and determined which food, cuisine, beverages, and culinary themes will be this year’s “Hot Trends,” from Thai Rolled Ice Cream (#14) to gourmet items in kids’ meals (#18).  To honor January 2018 as California Restaurant Month, here’s a sneak peek…

  1. New cuts of meat
  2. House-made condiments
  3. Street food-inspired dishes
  4. Ethnic-inspired breakfast items
  5. Sustainable seafood
  6. Healthful kids’ meals
  7. Vegetable carb substitutes
  8. Uncommon herbs
  9. Authentic ethnic cuisine
  10. Ethnic spices
  11. Peruvian cuisine
  12. House-made/artisan pickles

If you’re in the food-&-drink biz, you know one constant that never changes from year to year: the importance of repeat customers.  That’s why Loyalty Rewards Programs are so vital…and increasingly popular due to the ease of technology.  This is especially true for chains, where loyal customers can be rewarded for ordering from any location.

Enter the Acrylic Tablet Holder.  Take advantage of this user-friendly technology and make it a focal point of attraction.  Interactive Point-of-Purchase (POP) centerpieces feature an eye-catching modern look, whether in free standing floor units or in custom kiosks.  Get better results from cross-promotions with updated offers and reward bonuses…everybody wins!  Acrylic Tablet Holders are a perfect fit for countertops, slat-wall displays, and desktops.

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California Restaurant Month is inviting visitors from all over the world to sample cuisine not found anywhere else.  One spotlight is on the central coast’s Aubergine, recommended “after a day of exploring Carmel-by-the-Sea.”  This intimate setting has just nine tables in the main dining room with a 2,500-bottle wine cellar.  California-inspired and locally sourced dishes with the finest wines of France and Monterey County…Aubergine is an intriguing possibility!


By the way, you should also know that the Hot Trends list includes doughnuts with non-traditional fillings (#17) and ancient grains (#20)!

Acrylic Displays Shine on Video Game Product Launches at E3 in June!


Gaming fans at the Sony PlayStation display on the first day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, California, June 11, 2013. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), an annual trade fair for the computer and video games industry, runs from June 11-13. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images


Headed to LA for E3 this June, the world’s premier event for the video gaming industry? This widely attended event is an annual showcase for new product launches and “ground-breaking technology,” according to www.e3expo.com. With video game technology, popularity, and sales booming, E3 will connect tens of thousands of “the best, brightest, and most innovative in the interactive entertainment industry.”

If you’re in the business or merely curious to attend, mark your calendar for June 12-14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. If you ARE in the video game industry, you’ll be glad to know that market value has been on the rise significantly since 2012. According to Statista, the market was worth an estimated $16.97 billion (USD) in 2015 and will reach $20.28 billion by 2020!

Whether player or provider, here’s another interesting finding: monthly time spent per capita with a game console in the United States from the 2nd quarter of 2014 to the 1st quarter of 2017 grew from 22 hours, 16 minutes to 29 hours, 27 minutes. Think about that. Per capita, that’s nothing to ignore!

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As for this year’s E3 Expo, attendees will find that video gaming goes far beyond stereotypes that it’s primarily a source of teenage distraction. For instance, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have found that the narrative video game “Night Shift,” which focuses on treating patients with severe injuries, better prepares doctors for trauma triage than traditional text-based learning (ESA Newsletter, January 2018).

Leading edge, never-before-seen products will be in the spotlight for a myriad of applications at E3, on display for fans and vendors alike from around the world. If you’re among those displaying, be sure to stand out with a look that accentuates the futuristic atmosphere. New Swivel Base Sign Holders, Magnetic Slant Back Sign Holders, and Double-Sided Sign Holders on Oval Bases deliver eye-catching, crystal-clear results!


Acrylic Chart Holders and Poster Holders for a Healthy New Year

nuary 2018For many, the start of a new year signifies a renewed commitment to health and wellness. It’s no coincidence that January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, Glaucoma Awareness Month, National Birth Defects Prevention Month, National Blood Donor Month, and Thyroid Awareness Month. From a personal standpoint and across diverse areas of the medical industry, these health issues resonate with millions.

If you’re in the medical field, you know how important awareness can be. Disseminating beneficial knowledge is good for your patients and your practice, and it starts with the right display. Inter-department communication is also key at busy medical centers and hospitals, and then there’s the need for storage and access to patient files.

Acrylic can accomplish all these functions with clear Chart Holders, File Holders, Poster Holders, and Poster Holders with grab-and-go Brochure Holder options.PMLH102100 BLUE

Start with a 10” Medical Chart Holder. This multi-functional Chart-and-File Holder is easy to mount with hardware included. Tough premium thickness acrylic stands the hard knocks of a busy office, yet delivers an attractive addition that’s user-friendly and makes information easy to access in a hurry.

Want to bring attention to a timely health issue? Have a new literature release, ready for display? Capture inquisitive eyes with a clear acrylic spotlight: Style W3 Wall-Mount Magnetic Poster/Sign Holders. Signage is held in place between two acrylic plates via four neodymium magnets or silver Chicago screws. The look really does command attention.600px_W3085110_Insert

Need a literature display that accommodates both a poster and brochures for the taking? Take Glaucoma Awareness Month, for example: Style WP Poster Holders with Brochure Pockets draw attention, inviting your audience to learn more with brochures that motivate the next course of action.

Did you know that January’s been National Blood Donor Month since 1970? This year, O-, platelets, and AB plasma are in demand for life-threatening emergencies. Platelet donors can give up to 24 times a year; plasma donors 12!