Innovation Award Winners Announced

The measurement tool known as Spike, made by Broomfield, Colorado-based ikeGPS, picked up first place in the 2016 Innovation Award competition sponsored by ISA that highlights new and groundbreaking products. Spike by ikeGPS allows sign and graphics professionals to measure signs by capturing the width, height and area of a space just by taking a photo from a smartphone or tablet. It can be used on all types of signs, from channel letters to monument and pylon signs.

The Innovation Awards were presented at the recent ISA Sign Expo 2016 in Orlando, Florida, and also recognized 2nd and 3rd place finishers as well as several honorable mentions.

The second place Innovation Award went to the Netherlands-based Etulipa for a product called Etulipa Carbon—a reflective outdoor-screen signage system employing the company's next-generation "electrowetting technology," powering pixels with colored oil, not light. It works on outdoor screens like paper, but can be changed in real-time like digital signs.

The third place prize went to AdamsTech of Boulder, Colorado, for its trademarked LetterForm, the latest in the company’s Trimless line of technology. It includes a polymer ridge that makes the material more flexible for smaller projects and it comes pre-painted, removing the multi-step process.

Honorable mentions went to Clear Focus Imaging’s CLEAR FOCUS 24-Vue Two Way Vision Film, a translucent film for exterior- and interior-mount window graphics that remains visible when frontlighted or backlighted; to MONTI Tools Inc.’s Vinyl Zapper, which removes corrosion, mill scale and defunct protective coatings; and to Roland DGA’s Roland VersaUV LEJ-640FT Flatbed UV Printer, which prints on rigid materials up to six inches thick and weighing 220 pounds. In addition to CMYK, it adds white and clear coat eco-UV inks.

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