The many uses of Popco suction cups!

It may seem odd to be excited about suction cups but, at Popco, we are. Over the years, we've thought a lot about suction cups, we've designed and produced many styles and we've dreamt up some great add-ons that make our suction cups mighty little tools in the service of delivering your marketing message.

One add-on we offer we've dubbed the flag clip. This part slides over the stem of our medium and large suction cups and features a grip which securely holds small signs in place.

We call this add-on a flag clip since it holds signs at a right angle—like a flag—to windows, cooler doors and many metal surfaces. Using this combination of parts couldn't be easier; stick the suction cup where you'd like, slip in your sign and your done. When it comes time to change the sign just pop it out and plug in the new sign.

Another, similar add-on is the mirror clip. It works just like the flag clip but holds signs flush to surfaces like cooler doors, windows and metal surfaces.

Like the flag clip, the mirror clip can be used over and over again. Sign change-outs are a easy as pie and so too is simply popping off the suction cup and adhering it in another area.

For the suction-cup purist, you don't need any add-ons at all. The top cap on our suction cups—a feature we call a mushroom head—can support signs that have a pre-drilled hole or a die-cut keyhole hanging point. If you're not familiar with the keyhole hanging point, you'll see it pictured here.

And here you'll see the result of the purist approach: a hole in your printed piece, a Popco suction cup with a mushroom head and, voila, you've hung your sign.

We could go on all day about our other options... tacks that pierce signs and adhere to the suction cup; hooks from which you can hang signs, even metal screws for heavy-duty applications. If we've peaked you interest, you can learn a great deal more by perusing our suction cup family, just click here. Or, if you'd prefer, give us a call (800-557-6726). There are a bunch of suction-cup nerds just waiting to tell all about our products.

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Popco's Covid-barrier construction hardware

Forgive us if we keep posting about the elephant in the room. The elephant being, of course, the pandemic and its toll on businesses and individuals. It's not our intention to add to the glut of bad news. Instead, it's our hope to offer solutions and to contribute practical solutions to some of the challenges facing businesses in this time.

One such challenge is the installation of Covid shields. Popco has developed a number of new products that make this task easy and cost effective. Our new products eliminate the need for drilling or gluing to mount shields to counters. They also allow for great flexibility in adapting a shield to any space. Best of all, they are cost-effective, particularly when compared to heat-bent plexiglass shields or shields assembled with metal hardware.

The first piece we now offer is a simple 90 degree corner former. Many, if not most, counter mounted Covid shields require this type of right angle.

For unusually shaped counters, we offer a flexible joinery piece. This new product allows Covid shields to be easily adapted to counter angles other than 90 degrees.

In some cases, Covid shields may need to separate mutliple customers as they are served at long counters. For this, we've developed the t-shaped joinery piece shown above. Currently, we are not stocking this piece, instead we run this to order with a lead time of about ten business days and with minimum order requirements.

The last product in this new line up is an edge cap. This covers any sharp edges that may exist on cut plexiglass. It also creates a pleasing visual, making cut plexi sheets appear fully framed.

All of these new products are made from clear PVC. This means the material can be easily cut to the dimensions of your Covid shield. Miter cutting is possible and can create a highly finished look as shown above. Unfortunately, Popco does not offer miter-cutting services. If this type of cut is required for your installation, purchasing edge cap pieces a bit longer than needed will give you the material dimension you need to create your own miter cuts.

Once a Covid shield has been assembled using your plexiglass and Popco's joinery pieces, the shield can simply rest on your counter and be made stable using our t-shaped sign bases. Depending on the shape of the shield, the removable adhesive on the bottom of the sign base may, or may not be needed. What is certain is that no drilling or other damage is required on your counters. Instead, you'll have a repositionable and attractive shield all for a very attractive price.

If your business requires a Covid shield, please call Popco. One of our sales representatives can assist you with details on our new products that are perfect for this use.

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Popco's practical stuff for the Covid era

It's a changed landscape. For retail, hospitality, schools, government facilities; you name it, everyplace must account for new Covid protocols. The most obvious physical change we've all seen is the now-ubiquitous plexiglass shield that separates customer from service person. Then there is the signage: Masks Required, Practice Social Distancing, Etc., Etc.

For many businesses and organizations, counter shields are real burden. They disrupt the physical space and they can cost a small fortune. In contrast, Popco's Magik Frames are non-disruptive, cost-effective and flexible. With Magik Frames, signs can be placed on doors, windows, walls or just about any surface. They are easily moved and the adhesion strips, unlike tape, will not damage any surface.

Using Magik Frames couldn't be easier: Clean the surface where your sign will be placed, remove the liners protecting the adhesion strips, mount the Magik Frame and insert your sign. Done! And when it's time to change signs, or change position, just peel off the Magik Frame and repeat the process. Magik Frames can be used over and over again. In fact, the adhesion strips can even be cleaned with soap and water if, in time, they accumulate a little dust and grit. If new protocols and expenses are a burden to your business, we think you'll find Magik Frames a welcome respite in a tough time.

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Popco's new edge-protector and corner-forming products

We've been busy! Engineering, tooling and production have been in full swing at Popco and we have three new products to show for it.

The simplest of our new products is an edge protector. This part is similar to another we've offered for years, but we've added flexible gripping fins that make the new part able to accommodate thin as well as thick stock.

Another new product is our 90 degree corner-former. This part is ideal for creating display bins and can be used both indoors and out. The corner-former’s UV-resistant PVC material lessens yellowing and holds up in all types of weather. Graphics can be easily changed out and the corner-former can be used over and over.

Our third new part is a remarkable, flexible corner that allows designers and installers to adapt their creations to varied angles and spaces. Despite its flexibility, this part is nearly as heavy duty as the 90 degree corner-former and can be used indoors or out.

The new parts are also cost effective joinery pieces. As an alternative to expensive, pre-constructed Covid shields, sheets of plexiglass can be assembled using our 90 degree or our flexible corner-formers and the edge protector can cover sharp edges of cut plexiglass. This helps retailers prepare Covid shields unique to their space without breaking the bank on bespoke, pre-assembled shields.

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Popco plays a therapeutic role.

Recently, a new customer agreed to share details on their use of Popco's suction cups. We're always pleased when this opportunity arises, but this time around, "pleased" hardly does justice to our reaction. Thrilled is more like it! The customer provided spectacular photographs and text and, for the first time in eight years of posting, we are turning our blog over to our customer/contributor. Here's what they had to say about their product which they've combined with our suction cups.

SORxSOAP - pronounced /sore*soap'/ - is a revolutionary new approach to soft-tissue mobilization and muscle health. It is a soap based tool that is crafted with essential oils and all-natural analgesic ingredients. 
When included in your daily routine it has benefits such as:
Improvement of range of motion.
Restoration of healthy muscle function.
Increased blood flow within scar tissue to promote healing.
Relief of myofascial adhesions which is vital to overall muscle performance.

You use downward strokes (not too aggressively, you will increase the wear on your tool) on any and all muscle groups that you want to treat, whether due to minor acute strains or as an overall wellness routine.
The ingredients release a soothing lather and aroma-therapeutic scent into the shower that helps relieve stress and leaves a cooling tingle of the skin. We suggest leaving the lather on the skin for at least 30 seconds to achieve maximum effect. The gender neutral scent is strong enough to let you know it is working yet fades gradually as you start your day, leaving nothing behind except the cooling.

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Wow! This might be the coolest use of a Popco suction cup to date. SORxSOAP seems like a terrific product. How many athletes could benefit from this product? How many people's physical challenges could be lessened with this product. Who doesn't have an ache or pain that could use some attention? To our customer, big thanks from Popco. To our readers, click to check out SORxSOAP.

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Popco's new superail hangs posters, banners and Covid shields

Popco's SR2 series Superail is an economical and versatile poster hanging rail that is now available in white, black and clear.

The oval profile of the Superail naturally presses in at the bottom of the rail, holding stock in place. The finned "grips" on the inside of the rail accommodate thin and thick stock; from .020" to .080." Banner clips slide into the top track on the Superail to create hanging points.

In addition to hanging posters, the Superail will grip clear PVC, RPET and similar materials for installing ceiling-hung Covid shields. This economical approach makes modifications to counter surfaces unnecessary and allows for easy positioning of shields over counters. For short or long term use, Popco's Superail is an easy and inexpensive way for retail spaces to prepare for reopening.

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Popco's official pandemic announcement.

Hello to all our partners, clients and brand ambassadors. Popco would like to take a moment to wish you and your family well in these uncertain times. We'd also like to assure you that we will remain open for business with the majority of our workforce working remotely. Popco is an important part of the supply chain that is essential to the health and safety of people throughout the world. Many companies are relying on us, today, to provide essential parts that manufacturers need to help keep all of us safe. We will do our best to fulfill those orders while protecting the health of our staff, families and community.

We will be here now, through the pandemic, and beyond. In a way, this has galvanized our team and we truly feel we will come back stronger as a company, as a community, and a nation. 

Be safe and stay healthy…
~ Your friends at Popco Inc.

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Everything is different now.

It seems like yesterday when, in this blog, we were wishing readers Merry Christmas and welcoming in a new decade.

Now, everything is different.

Now, our suction cups are in stores supporting signs that announce limited hours or temporary closures. Our Magik Frames have sold out to companies that must post heath-procedure notices throughout their campuses. Even our SNAPRAIL™ has been pressed into unique service as a result of the pandemic.

A long-time Popco customer shared with us the photo, above, which shows our SNAPRAIL™ supporting a clear PVC sneeze-guard for pharmacies. We could never have imagined it. Who could have?

When doctors, nurses and caregivers; when police, grocers and truckers; when any number of companies and workers are on the front line of the Covid19 crisis, we at Popco do not want to position ourselves as heroic. We are not. But we are committed to supporting those who are. And we are committed to remaining in operation so that our products can move along with the all the products that will fuel the response to this struggle. We are not the first to say it, but we'll say it again with conviction, everything is different now and we're all in this together.

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What do you do with that thing? Revisited.

We're back for another installment of our series entitled "What Do You Do With That Thing?".

We began this exploration of truly baffling parts last spring, when we spoke about our awkwardly named, self-piercing flag sign holder. That part, like the part featured in this post, isn't easily understood until you see it in use.

This post's part is the self-piercing channel mirror-holder (yes, we know... another catchy name from Popco). Viewed out of context, it could be accurately described as a milky plastic square with a pokey thing (hmm, maybe we should have called it that). However, once the part is snapped into a standard store shelf channel, its usefulness starts to become clear.

Then, when you use the little pokey thing, or, as we prefer, the self-piercing sign holder, the mystery vanishes and this odd little part proves to be a remarkable, affordable, reusable and all-together fantastic thing. Like so many Popco products that lack initial appeal, the proof is in the pudding. As evidence, we cite the self-piercing channel mirror-holder!

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Hey Walleye, we're coming for you!

If you think it's weird to talk fishing in January, you've got a thing or two learn about Minnesotans. We're a hardy breed and we'll fish even if we've got to bore a hole through thick ice to get to the lake.

Of course, Minnesotans have no monopoly on fishing passion. Our friends to the south, Marine Metal Products, in Clearwater, Florida have passion and then some. What's more, for the last several years, MMP has included Popco's suction cups in their Bubble Box Livewell Kit.

The Bubble Box Kit turns any cooler into an insulated live-bait well, and Popco's suction cups help secure the tools of the fishing trade to the cooler/bait-well. The resulting product is enough to make any fisher person salivate, although, we Minnesotans avoid that in our ice-fishing shacks; lip icicles are no fun!

Thanks to our partners, Marine Metal Products, for choosing Popco’s suction cups for their fabulous Bubble Box Kit.

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