Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tabletop Beer Menus Help Patrons Make Quick, Informed, Beer Selections!

Next time you visit a brewpup or bar, take a look at how they tell you about all the beers they offer. If they have to verbally recite the never ending list that numbs your brain or they point to some chalk board 15’ away, tell them they’re missing a super opportunity to make beer ordering simpler and quicker.

They need “Podia®Tabletop Display”!

Our Podia Tabletop Menu Holder is quickly becoming popular with breweries, brewpubs and bars because they’re durable, instantly changed and encourage customers to pick out their next beer before they finished the last. Simple and easy, right?! Servers and wait staff are often barraged with
questions like, “What’s on tap” and “Any
specials? “What’s Olde Frothingslosh taste like?” “Is that a strong beer?” and so on.

With Podia, the daily beer list can be printed and displayed in an a two-sided, unbreakable capsule to detail the type of beer, cost, alcohol percent and whatever information would help to have bar patrons make quick, informed decisions.

What's more it's unbreakable! Check out the Demo videos HERE and see for yourself.

Please tell your local brewpub about Podia.


Roger Lepley

Monday, September 1, 2014

How to change your FlagTrax flag or banner

In just 10 easy steps we will explain how to change your FlagTrax flag or banner. This process takes an average time of 90 seconds.

Change your FlagTrax street flag by inserting keyInsert the FlagTrax Key into the keyhole in the Locking Cap at the bottom of the PushPull Rod to release it.







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With the key inserted, pull the PushPull Rod a few inches out of the track. Remove the key and store in a safe place.




  

fig 3Pull the rest of the PushPull Rod out of the track. The best way is to coil the rod as you remove it. Do not coil less than 2’ or bend the PushPull Rod as this would damage it.







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At the top of the PushPull Rod, pull out the top flag clip.








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Remove the flag or banner by pulling the rest of the Sliders and bottom clip out of the PushPull Rod.







fig 4Attach the new FlagTrax flag or banner to the PushPull Rod by starting with the bottom clip, sewn to the tape at the bottom of the flag. The ‘wing’ on the side of the clip will be caught by the stainless steel Flag Tensioner positioned on the track. Ensure the ‘wing’ is on the correct side as the clip can be rotated if necessary. Some FlagTrax systems are assembled with two Flag Tensioners at different levels so different size of flags or banners can be used.

Insert all remaining sliders into the PushPull Rod.








fig 6The top flag clip must ‘click’ into place into the hole at the end of the rod.







Inserting PushPull into trackInsert top flag clip and the PushPull Rod into the track, and push the flag or banner to the top of the track. The flag or banner will then tension correctly as the ‘wing’ on the bottom flag clip catches in the Flag Tensioner.





Ensure the PushPull Locking Cap locks into place at the base of the track.







Your flag or banner change is now complete!
For more information, please download our Installation Guide or check our video.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

New FlagTrax Street Flag System Allows For Rapid and Less Costly Changes

Consort introduces FlagTrax®, a whole new genre for street-side communication. From the wonderful folks (us!) who first brought colorful street banners and durable hardware to communities across North America, comes our newest outdoor system for providing information, color and festive delight to exciting places like your town or special event.

The new genre is Street Flags, as opposed to the ever-popular Street Banners that we see in thousands of communities. So, what really is the difference of a street banner versus a street flag? To us, a street banner is like our standard light pole banner that is stretched top and bottom with our BannerFlex hardware. It’s typically a vinyl digital banner or a screen-printed acrylic marine fabric banner.  Great system, durable, super longevity and all good. They are installed using bucket trucks and the banner is changed using the same trucks. See the video here.

A FlagTrax Street Flag is similar as it’s installed on the same type of city or shopping center light pole but once it’s installed using a bucket truck, all the flag changes can happen from the ground, saving thousands of dollars every year on a typical municipal street communication program. And, the fabric is generally a light weight dye sublimation or nylon flag material that waves, glows and flutters in the breeze.

How does it work? The secret to the system is a track that is mounted vertically onto the pole or wall into which a flexible “Push-Pull™” rod is inserted that carries the banner or flag up to the final mounting height. Access to this tamper-proof track can be mounted at shoulder height for maximum convenience or the six or eight foot level above the ground where added security may be required, alleviating the need for anything more than a small step stool.

Street pole banner changes in urban areas, in particular, are normally expensive and difficult with traffic concerns, as bucket trucks weave their way around, sometimes stopping traffic or diverting it with traffic cones. FlagTrax changes can be done by one person at any time of day in just a matter of minutes, often saving up to one hundred dollars per change in some of the larger cities. An additional benefit is that it will encourage more changes, more often, allowing event organizers greater flexibility to promote more events within a city, significantly adding to the sense of the area’s vitality and activity.

Because Consort’s Kalamazoo Banner Works Division has been the pioneer and innovator with street pole banner hardware since 1983, FlagTrax fits our core expertise perfectly. Our KBW BannerFlex® hardware literally is the standard of the industry and we are constantly researching new concepts. So, we were excited when the patented FlagTrax system was presented to us by the New Zealand inventors, Nexus Developments Limited, and we were given the opportunity to be the exclusive North American manufacturer and distributor.

Street Flags can now be economically and quickly changed from the safety of ground level without the hassle of bucket trucks or traffic management concerns. Roger Lepley


Monday, March 31, 2014

Street Flags: A New Way To Use Your Light Pole

Consort Display Group introduces FlagTrax®, a whole new genre for street-side communication. FlagTrax is our newest outdoor system for providing information and adding color to light pole and buildings. 

The new genre is ‘street flags’, as opposed to the popular street banners that we see in thousands of communities. So what really is the difference of a street banner versus a street flag? A street banner is like our standard light pole banner that is stretched top and bottom with our banner hardware. It’s typically made from a vinyl digital banner or a screen-printed acrylic marine fabric banner. The banners are installed and changed using bucket trucks.

A FlagTrax street flag is similar in that it’s installed on the same type of city or shopping center light pole but once it’s installed using a bucket truck, all the flag changes can happen from the ground, saving thousands of dollars every year on a typical municipal street communication program. The fabric is generally a lightweight dye sublimation or nylon flag material that waves, glows and flutters in the breeze, similar to a regular flag you would see on any flagpole.

How does it work? The system operates on an aluminum track that is mounted vertically onto the pole or wall into which a flexible Push-Pull™ rod is inserted that carries the banner or flag up to the final mounting height. (watch the video) Access to this tamper-proof track can be mounted at shoulder height for maximum convenience or the six or eight foot level above the ground where added security may be required, alleviating the need for anything more than a small step stool.


Street pole banner changes in urban areas, in particular, are normally expensive and difficult with traffic concerns, as bucket trucks weave their way around, sometimes stopping traffic or diverting it with traffic cones. FlagTrax changes can be done by one person at any time of day in just a matter of minutes, often saving up to one hundred dollars per change in some of the larger cities. An additional benefit is that it will encourage more changes, more often, allowing event organizers greater flexibility to promote more events within a city, significantly adding to the sense of the area’s vitality and activity.


The FlagTrax street flag system was very well received at the annual Specialty Graphic Imaging Association and took home Product of the Year honors for Finishing and Display Exhibit Hardware. “SGIA's Product of the Year Awards showcase digital imaging products that keep the specialty imaging industry moving forward," said Jeff Burton, SGIA's digital printing analyst. "Winners have benefited from worldwide recognition and the ability to market their product as a winner of this valued competition."

For more information about FlagTrax, visit our website


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Streetlight Banners Hold Up in High Winds—Even Hurricane Force

The following is an article published by the American Public Works Association's APWA Reporter in July 2013:

    Communities are increasingly using light pole banners to add excitement and community spirit to events and occasions.  Yet many communities in high wind and hurricane zones face challenges using banners due to risks of light pole damage from the extra wind resistance created by large banners, in addition to worries of damage to the banners themselves. 
     While some neighborhoods find various forms of outdoor advertising amongst the debris following large
storms and hurricanes, towns and shopping centers that use the KBWBannerFlex have not only saved time from clean-up, they have saved money.          
     David J. Cangemi, in charge of General Services for the City of Hallandale, FL was especially impressed with the banners’ performance saying, “A tropical storm came blasting through south Florida. Debris and banners were dispersed all over the city.  I used KBW and not one of our banners was lost.  
     For more info, call 800-525-6424, email info@consort.com or visit http://www.kalamazoobanner.com 

Roger Lepley