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    (0) Opening Popco's steel snap-rings
    Book rings, binder rings, snap rings; no matter what you call them, they’re a handy bit of hardware. As the names imply, the rings are most often used for affixing booklets together. This means, among other things, that hand-assembly is likely part of a project’s fulfillment. Since our rings our sold in the industry standard, closed position, one step in the assembly process will be opening them. To open the most difficult small rings, we suggest a common automotive tool know as a seal-ring pliers or a retaining-ring pliers. At Popco, we use a seal-ring pliers with a 90 degree angled tip. We rest the tool on a work bench, lay the snap-ring over the tool tips (making sure that the ring’s hinge pin is at the 6:00 o’clock position). Then, closing the tool’s handle will pop open the ring.
    (0) Popco’s SNAPRAILS™ really stack up
    Typically, SNAPRAILS™ are used at the top of a poster, to grip poster stock and create hanging points, and at the bottom of a poster to add weight and stiffness so that the poster doesn't bow or curl. There is however another, little known, configuration that allows for stacking posters one above another. To use the SNAPRAILS™ in this way, you first create a center spine with the opening of one SNAPRAIL™ facing up and the other facing down.
    Made in the USA - Popco's answer to today's supply chain dilemma's
    Back in early 2016, we wrote: We are proud of our family-business roots and the fact that many of our products are made in USA. Though we do import some of our products, our biggest sellers (the SNAPRAIL™ poster rails, sign channels and bases, small fasteners and suction cups) are all of Popco’s design and are US made. In fact, we keep it local; our extrusion and injection molding facilities are either in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area or just across the border in Wisconsin. Manufacturing our products locally gives us a high level of quality control and allows us to offer fast turn-times and very competitive pricing. Source your POP parts through Popco and you’ll benefit from these things while supporting American workers and manufacturing. This is all still true, but with where we find ourselves in 2021, the fact that we make our products locally has become more relevant than ever.
    Popco’s Superail 2: super practical, super economical and a super value
    Intrepid readers of Popco’s blog might recognize the Superail 2 since we’ve written about it before. Please, don’t dismiss us as being redundant. We assure you, the value of our super rail more than justifies repeat mention. The beauty of the super rail is its simplicity: choose a length that matches your poster, slide the poster into the opening at the bottom of the Superail 2, add a couple of hanging clips to the top of the Superail 2 and hang the poster.
    How’s it hanging? Very well with Popco, thank you
    Let’s talk a bit about ceilings. As we see them, they are far more than protection from the elements. They are essentially blank canvases from which all manner of point-of-purchase displays can be hung. For banners, posters, mobiles, you name it; ceilings are practically begging to serve as a marketing opportunity. Best of all, ceiling-hung p-o-p pieces are highly visible and they don’t use up valuable floor space which is better used for product or traffic areas.
    Popco's smoke & mirrors
    A hazy hello from Popco. Canadian wildfires have blanketed our Twin Cities in smoke which is both strangely beautiful (at night the moon glows orange) and apocalyptic (the fires are hundreds of miles away and yet the smoke obscures our skyline). On a far lighter note, comically inspired by all this smoke, we decided to devote our new blog post to mirrors — specifically, mirror clips.
    Popco stuff, Popco service, customer smiles and a star-struck blogger
    If you don’t mind us saying so, today’s post is super cool on many levels. Please, read on, we think you’ll agree. The story begins with Shawn Nejman and Whitewood Graphics. After producing a collection of fantastic print pieces, Shawn enlisted Popco to provide hanging hardware and installation assistance.
    On sure footing with Popco
    The humble sign foot isn’t glamourous. But glamour isn’t the point, functionality is. For example, if you want to display a marketing piece on a table top, there’s a sign foot for that. If you need to support a rigid poster atop an endcap, there’s a sign foot for that. If you must create divider sections in a cooler case, there are sign feet for that.
    Popco racks 'em up
    When you're in the widget business, you spend a lot of time describing how this goofy little part or that does what it does. Once these goofy little parts are understood, they become less goofy and more remarkable; in some cases essential. In order to bridge the understanding-gap between goofy and essential, Popco has developed a series of display racks that make it easy for designers to zero in on the parts that will help make their creations come to life. Shapco Printing, in Golden Valley, Minnesota, is among Popco's most valued customers and, recently, Shapco made space in their facility for our racks.
    Clip, Clip, Done!
    Choose a favorite adjective and it’ll likely apply to Popco’s squeeze-clip sign holders. Here are some modest suggestions: Simple, straight-forward, versatile and practical. Or, if you’d prefer, some more extravagant suggestions are: spectacular, outstanding, remarkable and essential. If you think we’re exaggerating, you haven’t tried the squeeze-clip sign holders. With all modesty, we can say that the squeeze-clip sign holders are straight forward. What could be more straight forward that clipping one end of the squeeze-clip to any number of surfaces, and clipping the other end to your sign? As for versatility, the squeeze clips are practically contortionists. A movable piece between the top and bottom clips (we call it an articulating knuckle) makes it possible for you to display your sign in almost any position; straight, angled, flush or at a right-angle to the surface you’re attaching to.