New open book rings from Popco

Book Rings from Popco

Popco’s steel snap rings are straight-forward practical parts that are always in demand. They are often referred to as book rings since binding swatch books is one of the main uses for these parts, but they can be used for a variety of projects, such as a creating connection points for hanging signs.

The only real drawback of the snap rings is that they are sold in a closed position and opening them, especially when working with the smaller sizes, is somewhat difficult. Couple this reality with the fact that assembly projects often require opening  thousands, or tens of thousands of the rings, and a slight drawback becomes a real problem.

Now, based on requests from our customers, Popco is offering our most popular 1-inch steel snap ring in an open position. These open rings greatly reduce assembly time, helping our customers meet tight deadlines and reducing their assembly costs. In the future, we may offer other sizes of the snap rings in an open position as well. To purchase the 1-inch, open-style rings, visit this web page.

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Popco goes long

Two popular Popco fasteners, the Viking-hat screws and the flat-cap screws are now available in lengths as great as 2-inches. Previously these parts topped out at 1.5-inch lengths, but, encouraged by customer’s requests, we've modified our tooling and produced longer parts.

We’re continuing this trend and extending the lengths of our push-lock screws as well. Soon, we’ll offer the small-slotted-head push-lock screws in five new sizes; from 1.25 to 2-inch lengths. To learn more about these parts and their use, visit these web pages:  Viking-Hat Screws, Flat-Cap Screws, Push-Lock Screws.

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We’ve upgraded the Popco website

In our computer-reliant world, where the pace of change is dizzying, Popco tries to balance old-school practicality with new-school reality. In an old-school sense, we’d rather not thrust change on our web visitors. Instead, we’d like our website to soldier on in a predictable, stable manner so that our customers don’t have to spend any more time than is necessary to find what they need and complete a purchase.

In the new-school reality, we must occasionally upgrade our site to comply with current standards and we’ve recently done so with a few under-the-hood changes. For most web visitors – 98% of visitors to be precise – our latest upgrade will have no impact. For the remaining 2% of visitors, our site may not work properly or not be visible at all! This is due to outdated operating systems being used by a small number of our visitors.

We’re sorry, but if you use old Android software or old Internet Explorer or Safari browsers, now is the time for you to upgrade. Likely, you’re encountering issues with other websites and we’re not the only ones making your life miserable. We apologize to you, the inconvenienced 2%, and we hope that you’ll upgrade and return to our site.

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Popco sale on custom literature boxes

Popco’s TOB series literature boxes are cost-effective boxes made from 15 mil rigid PVC. These boxes ship flat, fold into shape along die-impressed fold lines and adhere to flat surfaces with permanent white foam tape.

Occasionally, customers have requested clear film tape in place of the standard white foam tape. As part of such a project, Popco produced a number of film-taped TOB 4-5 boxes. The TOB 4-5 measure 4-1/8” wide x 5” high x 1-1/4” deep, and the high-quality, clear film tape features a red liner.

Now, we are selling off the remaining custom-taped boxes at a discount. Approximately 800 of these boxes are available at the reduced price of $0.58 per box.

For more information on the TOB literature boxes, visit this web page.

To inquire about purchasing these limited-quantity, customized boxes give us a call:

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Popco’s SIGIA follow up

As hurricane Nate set sights on New Orleans, the Popco crew added umbrellas to the items packed for the SGIA show. Fortunately, Nate took a turn away from the Crescent City and SGIA went off without a hitch.


At the show, Popco showcased classic products such as the SNAPRAIL™ and sign feet, and new products such as the Magik Frame™ and the magnetic sign-bases and rails. We were particularly pleased to meet many representatives from large-format printing houses who enthusiastically embraced the SNAPRAIL™ as a product perfectly suited to displaying their large prints.
Thanks to everyone who came by our booth; both new and old, familiar faces. For those of you who requested more information, your samples and product details are on the way. We’ll see you again next year at SGIA.

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Popco heads to SGIA in the Big Easy

Popco is off to New Orleans for the SGIA trade show on October 10-12, 2017.
The SGIA (Specialty Graphic Imaging Association) hosts the largest printing trade show in North America with 570 exhibitors in 2017 and attendance of over 24,000 at last year’s show

Our booth number is 4561 and we’re located against the wall just to the left of gate 21 in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Use this link for more information on our booth location: SGIA MAP

Additional details on our presence at the show can be found on the SGIA website: POPCO DETAILS

See you at the show!

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Popco's preview of new parts

Among the new products that Popco is offering in 2017 are the self-piercing sign holders.
Two styles of these parts are now available: One style snaps into the holes on the top of standard store shelving (above). The other style inserts into the 1.25-inch channel of standard store shelving.

To connect small signs to these parts, all you have to do is position the sign into the open, hinged front of the sign holder (above left). Then, close the hinge and the piercing pin will pass through your sign stock and lock into place (above right).

The hinged piercing mechanism can be opened and closed repeatedly, making changeout of signs easy and extending the life of the part.

For more details, or to purchase these parts, visit these web pages:
The self-piercing flag sign-holder, for attaching to the top holes of store shelving.
The self-piercing channel flag-holder (above), for inserting into 1.25 inch channels on store shelving.

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(Expletive!) we're not perfect

Since it rolled off the presses, our new catalog has been scrutinized by the entire Popco crew. Because we always strive to dot-the-(I)s and cross-the-(T)s on our projects, imagine our frustration when we spotted a few inaccuracies in the catalog. Here's what we've found:

page 15 • SNAPRAIL™ glass-mounting kit
the correct price for the 24-inch kit, at a quantity of 1-249, is: $3.21

page 24 • upc shelf data rail with tape
in the price chart, the correct item number for the 3" data rail is: UPC-300

page 38 • push-lock loop-screws
the correct price for the MPLH-250, at a quantity of 1000-2499, is: $63.00 per 1000,
not $6300 per 1000!

page 46 • nylon security loop & button
the correct price for the adhesive button, at a quantity of 2500-4500 is: $0.081 each
and the correct price for the adhesive button, at a quantity of 5000+ is: $0.075 each

page 46 • nylon cable ties
no mistake, just a heads-up

Since the release of the catalog, we've marked down prices on the 36" & 48" cable ties.
These parts will be discontinued when supplies run out and prices on our remaining stock are now drastically reduced online.

In the big scheme of things, we realize that these errors are not the end of the world and that nobody's perfect. Still, perfect is what we aim for; in our catalog, in our customer service, and on your orders and quotations. Please accept our apologies for these misprints and please give us a call if you have any questions about the catalog or our products.


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Popco’s new catalog is ready to mail

The new Popco catalog, issue #22, is hot off the press and ready for immediate mailing.

To see our current pricing and learn about our new products, give us a call or reach out to us by email. We’ll send you a copy right away.

1-800-557-6726 / 

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Popco now offers heat-bent acrylic products

Though we've tackled heat-bending projects in the past, those projects have been rather few and far between. Now, due to increased customer demand, we've stepped up our production of these products. Among our most recent heat-bending projects was the beast shown above. What made this piece so beastly is its size. It measures roughly 8-inches tall and a whopping 36-inches long. If you don't know much about heat bending, trust us, 36-inches is a boundary-pushing dimension.

We designed the bottom of the display to open easily and accommodate a printed insert. The insert slides down the length of the display, then, closing the bottom pinches down on the insert, holding it in place.

The underside of the display features six rubber bumpers that keep the display from sliding around and make it less tippy. Initially, we produced the display from .080" thick acrylic. Then, to reduce weight and cost, we switched to .060" thick material. In the end we learned a great deal about producing a piece this large and we can apply those lessons to smaller, more typical displays.

Our heat-bent displays are custom-order only. If you have a project that calls for this type of product, please contact Popco. One of our sales representative will discuss your project with you and provide a quote.

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