By Lisa Guerriero
Part 2 of 2
Praise for silicone edge graphics (SEG) displays tends to be consistent. Vendors describe the final result as sleek, modern, polished, spectacular, and impressive, providing a luxury appearance and maximizing the print’s effect. Though the effect is uniform, the structures vary. There are wall-mounted, freestanding, cube, ceiling-hung, and modular displays, many with a light box option.
All Shapes and Sizes
AGAM Group, Ltd. offers the AGAM Modular System, available in an SEG display option. It is used for retail store fixtures, display cases, shelving, and temporary and permanent partitions. The product line is compromised of numerous extrusions, allowing for customized system.
Direct LED Frames sells directly to printers and keeps a large inventory in stock at its San Diego, CA facility, shipping most orders within 24 hours. Options include single-sided unlit, two-sided unlit, single-sided backlit, and double-sided backlit, custom-sized to the customer’s specifications. Direct LED Frames offers three variations of LED backlit frames. Its LED panels are uniformly illuminated by LED strips mounted in the perimeters, giving the illusion that the acrylic sheet is glowing. The LED lattice has “ladders” that hang directly behind the prints to provide strong, even lighting, which makes them especially well suited to large applications. LED edgelit mounts LED strips in the frame with the lenses focused to illuminate across the back of the print. In addition, the company will handle volume sales of extrusions, hardware and LED lights and accessories.
DSA Phototech LLC’s Frameless Fabric LED Light Box can be ordered directly through the company for graphic sizes up to 72×120 inches. The one-sided design features a depth less than three inches, and six inches for the two-sided version. Depending on installation, displays can be freestanding, wall mounted, enclosed, suspended, or hanging. It can also be used with an exterior hinged weatherproof enclosure for outdoor installations. The product’s LED lighting is rated for up to 100,000 hours and saves up to 75 percent in energy costs compared to traditional fluorescent lighting. DSA Phototech offers fabric printing services, but also sells the framing system without the graphic. The company also offers discounts for qualified resale, and volume pricing applies to orders of four or more units.
Duo Display offers turnkey solutions, providing the SEG as well as the display system, and specializes in trade show booths, retail displays, and interior design. The company designs and manufactures the aluminum frames, prints and sews the silicone edge in house, and works with textile suppliers to design the fabric used for each application. Its Panoramic line is a full display system for trade shows, available in custom sizes as well as standard booth kits. Panoramic H-Line is its latest product, a modular version with a 10×20-foot booth designed to be set up in less than 30 minutes. Other offerings include single- and double-sided light box SEG frames and wall.frame, a low-profile wall-mounted system that’s popular for retail signage and interior design. Duo Display’s products are sold through a network of dealers.
Expand International offers its Expand InfinitaSystem, a modular frame system that works with the company’s dye-sublimation fabric graphics. The simple design allows for an infinite amount of shapes, sizes, and configurations.
Global Imaging, Inc. is the exclusive U.S. distributor of REXframe. The framing systems come in a variety of sizes that are cut to order, as well as customized shapes. The most common selections are single- and double-sided unlit, cubes, and single- and double-sided light boxes in frontlit and backlit.
North America Display Corporation offers numerous variations in both standard and custom sizes. Its Igniter Light Box Displays, available in freestanding and wall mounted, features frames 4.75 inches deep and include LED back lighting. Fabric Frames can be wall mounted, freestanding, or hung from the ceiling with optional eyelets. With the Timberline Hybrid Display Light Box, the light box is fitted in the frame. In addition to cutting the extrusions to size and building the frames it sells, the company offers numerous related services—installing lights and electrical for light boxes, designing and printing graphics, and sewing the silicone edge into fabric.
Origin Exhibits, a division of Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, has options ranging from frames to trade show kits. Its frames include curved banners, fabric led light boxes, edge fabric poster frames, and fabric banners, which are all part of the Vector Frame line. In the Hybrid Pro line, Origin offers several modular products, which incorporate SEG displays with structural elements. The company offers graphic printing as well as assembling and distributing the SEG systems, and most of the frames are off-the-shelf ready.
Stylmark, Inc. puts a different spin on tension fabric displays by offering rubber gasket-edge graphics. Similar to SEG systems, the rubber gasket slides into a narrow perimeter channel to lock the fabric into place. It features two light box products, Optima LED StretchLite Backlit Light Box and Optima LED StretchLite with Perimeter Lighting, which come in standard anodized finishes or in customized colors. Standalone installation options for the Optima line include wall mount, pedestal mount, ceiling suspension, and floor mounting, and can also function as part of a larger display solution. The company’s single section displays are available in conventional and custom sizes up to 48×144 inches and multi-section configurations are also available. Stylmark works with a printing partner so it can supply the graphic to the customer if needed.
Testrite Visual Products offers two models, Charisma Fabric Frames and Charisma Mini Fabric Frames. The Charisma Mini features a slim profile and is made for wall hanging, available in multiple size options. The traditional Charisma is made to order in wall mount, ceiling hung, and floor standing variations, with single-and double-sided options and customizable sizes. Products can be purchased directly from Testrite or one of its dealers. The company also provides printing services as needed.
Tex Visions offers multiple products under its Q-Frame Tex line, all at customizable sizes. This includes wall-mounted options with varying frame depths, of which the Tex15 is the most popular. The Tex120 Lightbox is a wall-mounted, lighted option, while the Tex2x45o is a 3D hanging display. The Free-Standing Q-Frame Tex50 is offered in portrait and landscape variations. All models come with tools and accessories for assembling the system, and add-ons such as hanging sets and steel rope are available. Customers can purchase a frame and print from Tex Visions, with the keder sewn in or not, or buy the framing system without the graphic.
As SEG frames grow in popularity, more options enter the market, allowing buyers to find a product that meets their specific needs.
Jan2015, Digital Output DOSEG1501