Popco's now offers a suction cup with a 1/4" stem hole

Popco has just added a new suction to the products offered online. This new suction cup, item number SCQH-187, has a 1-7/8 inch diameter base and a large, 1/4-inch hole in the stem. The large hole is meant to accommodate inserts such as dowels or split tubes, to which flag-style signs can be attached.

Another means of attaching signs or danglers is by using screws as inserts into the stem hole. Many different varieties of 1/4 inch diameter screws will work with the suction cup giving you a great deal of flexibility when designing your POP displays.

For more information on the new SCQH-187 suction cup, click here.

 

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The new dog tooth foam board hanger from Popco

Popco has just added another new product specific to foam board displays. Known around our offices as the "dog tooth" hanger, this product is a hinged, metal part that can be pressed into foam core by hand to create a hanging point.

The hinge allows the hanging point to fold down, making your display piece easy to ship, then folds up for quick and simple hanging once the display is in a retail setting.

The foam board hanger can be used in conjunction with the foam board edge protector. Simply install the edge-protector on the foam board first, then attach the hanger beneath the edge protector. When the parts’s hanging point is in the up position, it will stick up above edge protector.

For more information on the foam core hanger; click here.

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Popco's guide to push-lock screws

Popco produces a large variety of binding posts and screws, ranging in size from 1/8” to 1” shaft lengths, with head diameters of either 3/8” or 17/32”. These posts and screws are available in white, black and clear and many of them are available with slotted or un-slotted heads. In other words, we have a lot to choose from!

To simplify the process of deciding which post and screw set is right for your project, we’ve created a sample card which includes examples of each size we offer and each head style. If your project requires binding posts, contact Popco and ask for the sample card. There are a limited number of these cards available and this offer is good only while supplies last.

To contact Popco, click here

 

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Popco's new catalog is now available

Popco's new catalog, the 2013 summer & fall issue, is printed and ready to mail now. A number of new products are featured in the updated catalog; some of them not yet available online.

Call us for your copy of the catalog, 800-557-6726, or, to use the web's contact-us form or email link,  click here

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Popco's new SR2 super rail and BRC-5 banner clip

Popco has completed tooling for a new poster spine which will accept thicker stock than any of our other SNAPRAILS™ or banner rails. Our new part, the SR2 series super rail, is an oval-shaped profile with flexible, internal gripper fins.

This is a similar design to our discontinued SBR series super rail, but improved in a number of ways. First, the thickness of the new hanging rail has been decreased. This makes the part lighter and less expensive without compromising its strength. Next, a wider opening at the bottom of the rail accepts thick stock, but the flexible gripper fins allow the new rail to tightly grip thinner stock as well. Finally, the SR2 will accept the same end caps that serve our NX SNAPRAIL™; the end caps tab into the SR2 for a nice, finished look.

Another new Popco product is the BRC-5 universal banner clip. This clip is meant to be used with the SR2 series super rail and it also fits our SNAPRAIL™ and NX SNAPRAIL. The BRC-5 is made from tough, clear polycarbonate and it creates a hanging point which is ideal for use with wire hooks, jetwires, s-hooks and jack chain, and steel looped cable.

For more information on the new SR2 poster spine, click here, and for more information of the BRC-5 universal banner clip, click here.

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Popco introduces a new foam board edge-protector

Foam board, or foam core, is a terrific material for retail signage. It’s light, making it practical to ship and hang. It’s also rigid; perfect for hanging displays or for use as a backdrop to dump-bin displays. The one significant weakness of foam board is its susceptibility to denting along the edges and crumpling at the corners.

Popco’s new extruded profile, the foam board edge-protector, solves this problem perfectly. Designed for 1/4"  thick foam board, the edge-protector simply slides over the foam board’s edge and  turns a vulnerable area into a comparatively bomb-proof area. The edge-protector covers approximately 1/2" of the foam board’s front and back; cut to size, the edge-protector can create an attractive frame on all sides of your foam board display.

For more information on this new product, click here.

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Popco products for seasonal promotions

As the snow recedes, and spring reluctantly arrives, retailers in our area–Minnesota–start packing up the shovels and road salt to make room for the gardening equipment and lawn furniture. This is the time of year when certain Popco products are increasingly in demand. One such product is the tube-grip sign-holder.

The tube-grip sign-holder does exactly what the name implies, making it an ideal merchandising tool for products such as lawn mowers, lawn chairs and bicycles. Simple, attractive, easily positioned and reusable, the tube-grip sign-holder is a great part for all sorts of products. And, of course, it also snaps easily onto a snow blower handle making it an all-season, all-around, useful part.

For more information on the tube-grip sign-holder, click here.

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Popco products serve as University parking-tag holders

Recently, a major university employed two of Popco’s products in a new and clever way. The university’s goal was to hang parking ID tags inside vehicle windows. Typically, this would be done with an adhesive label or with printed static-cling material. However, in order to allow for frequent changes of the ID tags, and to keep printing costs down, it was decided that a pocket for simple printed inserts was the best approach.

Popco prepared a custom vinyl pocket to the University’s specifications. The pocket included hang-holes sized to match Popco’s stock suction cups. This is, of course,  a simple idea, but one that had not yet been done by Popco.

This project demonstrates that Popco’s products are useful outside the normal retail/POP setting. That said, we suspect that the combination of suction cups and vinyl pockets has great potential for POP applications and we are grateful that our university customer helped put this combination of products on our radar.

Please note that the product pictured here is a non-stock item. To contact us for a quote for your own custom vinyl pocket, click here.

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Details on Popco's aluminum posts & screws

As Popco’s aluminum posts and screws become more popular, a number of customers have asked questions about open-head posts versus closed-head posts. Another common question is about the 3/8-inch maximum screw-size.

Regarding the open-head posts: Small posts (from 1/8 to 3/8-inch) all feature an open-head and the smallest posts are matched with slightly longer screws. The reason is, the longer screw, when fully inserted, fills the post’s open-head (see the photo above).

This chart details the size-matching of aluminum posts & screws

post size screw size
1/8 3/16
3/16 1/4
1/4 1/4
3/8 3/8
1/2 3/8
3/4 3/8
1-inch 3/8

As you can see on the chart, the smallest posts are matched with slightly larger screws. Also, the 3/8 screw is not only matched with the 3/8 post, it is also matched with the 1/2, 3/4 and 1-inch posts. This is because the screw is not meant to thread all the way to the bottom of the longer posts. The photo below shows the large-sized posts, 1/2 to 1-inch, all matched with the 3/8-inch screw.

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Popco's Poster hanging kits (stock and custom)

Popco makes it easy to hang posters and banners; not just with our components ordered a la carte, but also with our pre-assembled poster hanging kits. We offer three stock kit styles: two for poster hanging from ceilings and one for poster hanging in windows. Each kit is available with our SNAPRAILS™ in a variety of lengths.

We can also prepare kits specific to your project. You can choose the length of your SNAPRAILS™ and the quantity and variety of the components that you’d like kitted.

For details on a custom kit, contact Popco by phone: 800-557-6726. Or, use our contact-us form or email link, click here.

For more information on our stock kits, click here.

 

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