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How PDAA Certification Has Helped My Business

Posted by Ken Burns on 2/12/20 7:00 AM

Being PDAA Certified through SGIA has been a tremendous factor for the growth of our company. My two business partners and I started Axis Graphic Installations in August 2009, and it was a very slow start. Our clientele consisted exclusively of local print and sign companies in our home market of southeast Florida. We decided to make the investment of getting PDAA Certified in December 2009, and fairly quickly, we started getting new leads from outside of our local market.

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Topics: PDAA, Installers, PDAA Certification

Maintaining Consistent Color for a Large-Scale Installation

Posted by Jason Carolla on 12/4/19 11:00 AM

Earlier this year, our team at Studio Graphics had the opportunity to work with Bombardier Aerospace — a global leader in the transportation industry. When they initially contacted us about wrapping their Learjet 75 Liberty mock-up, it was evident at first glance the installation aspect would be the greatest challenge, since business jets are normally painted. Not only would this mock-up be showcased at the world's largest business jet trade show to lure in potential buyers who would be inspecting every detail, but it would have a special unveiling the day prior! 

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Topics: Color Management Boot Camp, Installers, SGIA Digital Color Professional Certification, Graphics Production

PDAA Master Certification: Changing with the Times

Posted by Ray Weiss on 10/2/19 9:09 AM

For quite a few years now, the PDAA Master Certification designation has been a much sought-after achievement, not tied to any vinyl manufacturer. For some, it was the challenge of another certification to complement those they already had. For most, it was the featured “Find an Installer” listing PDAA and SGIA had worked hard to develop to help the printing community connect with installers. What began as a “company” certification, rightly evolved into an “individual” certification that served to benefit the Master Certified installer's company. And, once again, this certification is evolving to maintain its status as the certification to hold.

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Topics: PDAA, Installers, PDAA Certification, Printing United

A Heated Competition Gets a New Twist

Posted by Ray Weiss on 8/21/19 7:07 AM

After a successful Wrap Team Challenge in 2018, the PDAA Installers Committee decided to kick things up a notch with this year’s PDAA Pro Team Relay. Last year, two-person teams competed to see how much of the side of a Ford Mustang they could wrap in 20 minutes. It was fun, exciting and suspenseful as teams worked to outdo each other for the grand prize of $2,000. And this year’s Pro Team Relay will definitely build on that concept of teamwork.

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Topics: PDAA, Installers, Printing United, Wrap Competition

Putting the Best to the Test

Posted by Jeremy Conner on 6/5/19 7:21 AM

The Professional Decal Application Alliance (PDAA) is already ramping up excitement for the PDAA Pro Team Relay at PRINTING United this October in Dallas.

If you’re not familiar with PDAA, it is to the vinyl installation industry what a master chef is to the restaurant business. Its Master Certified members have a demonstrated proficiency for vinyl applications of all types and for any project. They are a sought-after source for tried and tested vinyl installers for print customers everywhere. As the need for more qualified installers has grown, individual competitions such as this one garner more exciting participation each year.

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Topics: PDAA, Installers, PDAA Certification, Printing United, Wrap Competition, Professional Development