Ever set your truck on fire? …wrapping safety is no joke! – written by Steve Reininger

 

 

 

OK SO NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION WITH THESE PICTURES. Please take few minutes to read this article as it could prevent future damage or loss of life.

I was recently going through my phone looking for some pics of a job I did last summer. When all of a sudden, there it was, a burned up tool pouch, a destroyed ladder, a melted cooler and cart.

These items were a result of an installer who was not only careless, but could have cost the lives of 4 four men. While this may come across as pretty dramatic everyone needs to understand the seriousness of not following safety guidelines. This fire was caused by an installer who didn’t follow safety procedures and take the 15 seconds to remove a torch head from the tank. It is one of the most commonly used torches we have in our industry. The smaller ones with the trigger.

So here’s what happened. Our crew and I were leaving for a job at about 5:30 a.m. We loaded the back of a pick-up with all our tools, ladders, cart, 20 lb. propane tank and torch and 3 cases of water. We knew it was going to be hot that day so it’s important to keep everyone hydrated. They closed the cap on the bed and the four of us piled into the truck and headed out. Now with good traffic it takes about 1.5 hours to reach downtown. Somewhere between the time when we left the shop and we entered the parking area, the installer’s torch clicked on. The first thing to catch fire was the tool pouch which in turn caught the plastic cart on fire causing the melting plastic to drip onto the flooring of the truck bed. Meanwhile, everyone is in the cab and totally unaware of what is going on in the back.

When we arrived at the job site we got out and went to unload the truck, the first thing I hear is “Hey! I think there is a fire in the back.” Before I could say don’t open it, he threw the door open. This caused the fire to flare up. I yelled for our fire extinguisher. When I got to the back the fire almost put itself out. What had happened was the bottles of water melted and were putting out the flames. I grabbed a couple more bottles of water and put the fire out. I knew immediately what had happened because the torch was right there in front. When
I asked why procedures were not followed to disconnect the torch, the response was “I forgot.”

By now everyone has calmed down and we begin to see what is good and what is junk. As we come to the end of unloading it all, I reach to pull out the 20 lb. tank of propane. It was so hot I couldn’t touch it. I poured several more bottles of water on it to get it cooled down. It was then that I realized how lucky we were.

I cannot emphasize enough that common sense and safety procedures need to be in place. This could have ended in a much different way. People could have died. All because someone forgot and did not follow the rules. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes at the beginning of a work day to check for these simple but potentially dangerous possibilities.

Have your crews remove these torch heads. Tie down your equipment and graphics. Make sure they understand safety procedures. These few minutes could make a huge difference on how their day could turn out.

Re-posted with permission – Original article written by Steve Reininger in the March 2017 UASG Newsletter.

 

3M Hosts 1080 Live Wrap Competition at SEMA 2017

3M Hosts 1080 Live Wrap Competition at SEMA 2017

More than $32,000 in prizes for competing teams using 3MTM Wrap Film Series 1080 and 3MTM Knifeless Tape 

 

  1. PAUL, Minn. – (July 31, 2017) –3M invites attendees of the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas to unleash their creativity in a live wrap competition on the tradeshow floor. Teams can register with two to four participants and will compete using their design skills with a combination of 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080 and the 3M™ Design Line Knifeless Tape.  Registration for the contest is now open, with space for a total of 12 teams (up to 48 installers) to join.

 

The 3M 1080 Live Wrap Competition kicks off at the 3M booth #12145 on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, and runs through Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.  On Nov. 2, show attendees can vote live in the 3M booth, and the winning team will be announced at 4 p.m.

 

“With so much talent under one roof at SEMA 2017, we wanted to create an atmosphere where creative energy from both contest participants and attendees will produce very exciting designs,” said Janelle Pizzi, product marketer, for 3M Commercial Solutions Division. “The 3M 1080 Live Wrap Competition is a great opportunity for installers to show off their unique talents while using Wrap Film Series 1080 and Knifeless Design Line Tape.”

 

Team contestants will have a chance to win a slice of more than $32,000 in prize money and merchandise; including Wrap Film Series 1080. Additionally, the winning team will gain bragging rights by having a photo of their team’s design incorporated into the Knifeless Design Line Tape packaging.

The 2017 SEMA Show takes place Tuesday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 

For more information on how to register for the 1080 Live Wrap Competition and a complete list of contest rules, please visit www.3M.com/wrapcontest.

Avery Dennison® Launches Ultra-Conformable PVC-Free Film for Use on Textured Surfaces

Mentor, Ohio, July 18, 2017 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America today launched a new PVC-free film, MPI 1405. The new MPI 1405 is an ultra-conformable film with a long term removable (LTR) adhesive. Its reliable and superior print quality and instant adaptability make it suitable for a broad range of applications, from car wraps and outdoor graphic needs, to textured surfaces like brick walls or cinderblock.

“MPI 1405 maintains color saturation and graphic integrity, even with a greater degree of film stretch, which is especially important for textured surfaces,” says Jeff Losch, marketing director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions. “The film can be reliably printed across all leading printing platforms: latex, UV, EcoSol and solvent. With MPI 1405, we are answering our customers’ need for a PVC-free digital film that can be used on an array of surfaces.”

The new film is warranted for cement, brick and concrete surfaces, making it ideal for indoor and outdoor architectural applications. It also requires less heat during installation, due to its high conformability. Fleet and vehicle wraps, which require an eco-friendly solution, can also benefit from MPI 1405, which is pending GREENGUARD Certification.

MPI 1405 is available with Easy Apply RS™ technology to provide quick and easy application and long-term removability. Easy Apply™ air egress technology helps eliminate wrinkles and bubbles while Easy Apply RS™ provides repositionability and slideability, allowing the film to be moved easily before pressure is applied.

Key features of Avery Dennison MPI 1405 include:

  • Reliable print performance across all digital platforms – latex, solvent, eco-solvent and UV
  • Quick and easy installation over complex curves and deep recesses with Easy Apply RS technology
  • Long-term removable adhesive for easy removal at end of life

“I’ve recommended MPI 1405 to FASTSIGNS franchisees looking for a durable film that can handle heavy textures and rough surfaces,” says Ross Cartwright, training manager, FASTSIGNS. “If the product is installed and post heated properly, it will maintain that painted on look that customers are looking for.”

MPI 1405 joins the “Next Generation Collection” of digital films from Avery Dennison that includes MPI 2105 and MPI 1105. MPI 2105 is a newly updated calendered film that offers significantly better dimensional stability and exceptional value for applications requiring premium calendered film durability. MPI 1105 is an ultra-conformable supercast film that merges premium PVC facestock with a long term removable (LTR) adhesive, ideal for vehicle and outdoor graphics needs.

This product launch is another example of a continued focus by Avery Dennison on delivering market-leading products that push the company toward a product portfolio that is 70 percent sustainable by 2025. The company’s commitment to sustainability is demonstrated through its 2025 sustainability goals.

For more information on MPI 1405 visit graphics.averydennison.com/mpi1405. For general information about Avery Dennison vinyl films, visit graphics.averydennison.com.

3M Introduces Ultra-removable Option to the IJ180mC Family

3M Introduces Ultra-removable Option to the IJ180mC Family

3M™ Print Wrap Film IJ180mC-10UR installs fast, changes out in a flash

 

St. Paul, Minn. – (May 4, 2017) – In a world where trends seem to change every day, it can be difficult to keep up with what’s hot and what’s not. 3M is excited to introduce a new product that makes it nearly impossible to fall out of fashion. The new 3M™ Print Wrap Film IJ180mC-10UR is an ultra-removable print wrap film that comes off quickly and cleanly. Truly the best of both worlds, this innovative film combines 3M’s trusted quality and durability with the ability to remove or replace graphics at a moment’s notice.

 

“For consumers concerned about committing to a more permanent print wrap, this an excellent option,” said Kimberly Tostrud, product marketer, 3M Commercial Solutions Division. “IJ180mC-10UR gives installers the freedom to make changes very easily, because it is removed without heat or chemicals. This new film allows graphics professionals to focus on what’s most important – letting their imaginations run wild.”

 

The advantages of IJ180mC-10UR go beyond its ultra-removability. They include:

  • Fine-tuned slideability
  • Initial tack optimized for wrap
  • A smooth finish, courtesy of Comply™ Adhesive with micro technology

 

This ultra-removable print wrap is the latest addition to the IJ180mC family, which has earned the approval of graphic manufacturers and installers for its high-performance products for unique applications. Available in 54” x 50 yard rolls, IJ180mC-10UR is also backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, giving installers peace-of-mind that graphics will last and maintain their vibrant aesthetic.

 

For more information, visit www.3M.com/IJ180mC.

AVERY DENNISON® LAUNCHES NEW SUPREME WRAPPING™ FILMS AT ISA SIGN EXPO

 

 

Mentor, Ohio, April 17, 2017 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today the expansion of its Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio with the addition of eight colors in a satin finish and a gloss finish option for the existing ColorFlow series. Additionally, Lightning Ridge, a new iridescent color that shifts from green to purple, joins the ColorFlow™ Series. Avery Dennison will feature all of the new products in Las Vegas at the ISA Sign Expo in Booth 4380 on April 20-22.

Eight colors of Supreme Wrapping Film are now available with a satin finish option, introducing: Satin Orange, Satin Yellow, Satin Grass Green, Satin Light Blue, Satin Dark Blue, Satin Metallic Purple, Satin Silver and Satin Gray. These films are available in North America only.

Each film in the ColorFlow Series will see the addition of a gloss finish option. Now, installers can choose between satin and gloss finishes for Rising Sun (Red/Gold), Urban Jungle (Silver/Green), Roaring Thunder (Blue/Red), Fresh Spring (Gold/Silver), Rushing Riptide (Cyan/Purple) and the newest iridescent color, Lightning Ridge (Green/Purple).

“We’re excited to unveil new finish options in the Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio, with the same positioning, long term removability and bubble-free application features that have made these films so popular with installers,” said Jeff Losch, marketing director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America. “These new finishes are inspired by the needs and wants of our customers and their amazing work.”

“The new gloss version of the ColorFlow films and the addition of the Lightning Ridge color, takes the original satin finish to another dimension,” Justin Pate of The Wrap Institute said. “A vehicle wrapped in any of the ColorFlow films changes to four to five colors depending on the angle you look at the car; it’s like the client gets five wraps for the price of one.”

The notable qualities of the Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio, which boasts over 100 colors and finishes for car wraps, hold true across all finishes. Each film in the portfolio is easy and quick to install providing installation efficiencies for color change wraps.

For a closer look at the new products, visit Avery Dennison in Booth 4380 at the ISA Sign Expo in Las Vegas on April 20-22. Samples of Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film are available from Avery Dennison representatives or vinyl distributors. Visit the Find a Distributor page on the Avery Dennison website to locate a distributor in your area. ColorFlow and new Satin films are available in 60” x 25 yard rolls, more information is available at graphics.averydennison.com/colorflow.

For details on Avery Dennison products, designers, printers and installers can visit graphics.averydennison.com or contact Avery Dennison at 800-282-8379 for additional information.

 

WRAPS VIP 2017 is hitting the high seas in Long Beach, CA USA!!!

 

If you attended the Wraps VIP event in Indianapolis, IN USA during the NBM / WRAPSCON show last year you were treated to a great time.  Friday night vibe combined with Limo runs, a gigantic pack of free prizes from our industry leaders and being surrounded by awesome wrap friends and colleagues for a fun after-hours evening.

BUT WE HAD TO GO BIGGER AND BETTER FOR 2017!!!

Imagine walking the red carpet up the gangway to board our Hollywood style WRAPS VIP cruise.  We are planning more great prize giveaways from our generous sponsors, live music, food, drink and a super-fun celebrity Wrap Rodeo (where the points don’t matter but bragging rights do) all while cruising the beautiful seas off the California coast.  A ton of fun is in the making.  With limited room on the ship we will require everyone to RSVP here ( Wraps VIP RSVP )

What started out as a great idea from Dan Nava with Travel Wraps Graphics / IBOW Training this event has really taken off in our second annual iteration.

All been made possible thanks to our team-up with the Paint is Dead network, support from The Wrap Society, WrapFolio and The Wrap Promoter, and our early-bird sponsors  KPMF, Pro Vehicle Outlines, BladeCage, Roland, Pro Sign and Graphics, Sharp Wraps, IBOW Training, Lowen Certified, ColorReal app, CarWrapper app, and The Wrap Institute the Wraps VIP team is very pleased to announce our 2017 after-hours event on the high seas.  Sponsorships are limited so click here to support our efforts.

The NBM / WRAPSCON also continues to grow as they shift to the west coast this summer. According to the official show description… “National Business Media, the proud producers of WRAPS and Sign & Digital Graphics magazines and THE NBM SHOW, presents the event for graphics installers: WRAPSCON July 20-22, 2017. With the huge potential for growth in the graphics market, especially vinyl wrap professionals serving the vehicle wrap advertising, commercial fleet graphics and other related graphics markets, WRAPSCON has quickly become the must attend event of the year.

“We are putting together a very dynamic floor—one that represents most of the major players in the wraps market,” says Damon Cincotta, THE NBM SHOW/WRAPSCON national trade show manager. “Many will be doing live demos in their booth and/or teaching a class. If you’re new to the wraps game or if you’ve been doing it for decades, there will be something at WRAPSCON for you.”

We are bringing in the best graphics installers and the leading manufacturers and distributors in the business under one roof, with a national audience of installers, to share tips and tricks, install techniques, and the latest products to boost this rapidly growing market. Come see the latest in digital printing, vinyl technology, lamination, vehicle templates, wrap specific artwork and tools. If you have skin in the WRAPS game, then you NEED to be here!”

Be sure to make plans to join us!

 

Wrapify Receives Capital Investment from Avery Dennison

 

Investment Expected to Accelerate Wrapify’s Expansion in U.S. Market

SAN DIEGO, CA (March 8, 2017)– Wrapify, the technology-based car wrap company, has secured a $3 million venture capital investment from Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY), a Fortune 500 company with leading global positions in graphics solutions, labeling and packaging material and radio frequency identification (RFID).

The investment in Wrapify is expected to accelerate its footprint in leading cities around the U.S. Wrapify pays drivers to wrap their cars in ads while using the Wrapify app to enable brand owners to track their vehicles in real time.

Wrapify CEO James Heller, recently named the top young marketing talent on Forbes’ prestigious “30 Under 30” list, said, “Our goal for Wrapify is to reach the top 50 US cities by end of year, and Avery Dennison’s investment will spur that. It also helps Wrapify expand our already formidable sales force, and broaden our technology and operations teams.”

Wrapify’s platform has been embraced by many of the nation’s best-known brands, including Bud Light, eBay, Lyft and Petco.

“There’s never been anything like Wrapify in the advertising marketplace,” says James Moorhead, CMO of pay-per-mile car insurance company Metromile. “They are revolutionizing the outdoor advertising industry, and we’re proud to be an early adopter of this exciting platform.”

The investment comes as Avery Dennison and Wrapify have been working together to develop a vehicle-wrapping film technology best-suited for Wrapify’s needs: a short-term, easy to install and remove film for the transit oriented out-of-home advertising industry.

“I’ve been continuously impressed by Avery Dennison’s dedication to excellence and drive to deliver what’s best for their customers,” said Heller. “I am confident they are the right partner to help spur Wrapify’s next phase of growth.”

“Avery Dennison prides itself on identifying the most exciting and innovative new ideas and businesses in our category, and Wrapify is a standout,” said Bill Podojil, Senior Business Director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America.  “We’re impressed by its concept, its product, its team, and its significant success in less than two years. We see this as a great opportunity to extend our leadership in car wrapping.”

About Wrapify

Wrapify is the “advertising leader in the gig economy.” It pays American drivers to wrap their cars in marketing messaging while using its proprietary technology to track their vehicles in real time for brands including Bud Light, eBay and Petco. Named one of Inc. magazine’s hottest startups of 2015, San Diego-based Wrapify is currently in 29 US markets with more than 40,000 registered drivers.

About Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) is a global leader in pressure-sensitive and functional materials as well as labeling solutions for the retail apparel market. The company’s applications and technologies are an integral part of products used in every major industry. With operations in more than 50 countries and more than 25,000 employees worldwide, Avery Dennison serves customers in the consumer packaging, graphical display, logistics, apparel, industrial and healthcare industries. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company reported sales of $6.1 billion in 2016. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.


WINNER!!! Ivan Tenchev Bebo pulls off the win in FESPA Eurasia 2017 Hexis Wrap Battle

Congratulations to the FESPA Eurasia 2016 Hexis Wrap Battle winner Ivan Tenchev Bebo!  Hosted by Head Judge Ole Solskin, and powered by Hexis films, the FESPA Eurasia Show brought in wrappers from all over to Istanbul Turkey.  Check out the video with Ole as he highlights the competition.

 

 

 

SEMA 2016 and the Wrap Industry Combine for Massive Effect in Vegas!

Amazing wraps and world class wrappers wowed crowds as Las Vegas, Nevada USA  played host to the 2016 SEMA show.  Literally from the edges of the parking lot, attendees were treated to beautiful custom wraps of all sorts on vehicle after vehicle.  Whether your preference is massive trucks, low riders, classic cars, american muscle or the gorgeous street builds, the SEMA 2016 show was a virtual smorgasbord of all things wrap.

Big kudos to the exhibitors who brought in tremendous resources to support the industry…  3M unveiled several new wrap films as well as Knifeless Tape demonstrations by Phil Aquin, Rick Tallman and a host of others.  3M also conducted a final demo on musical instruments with the winners of the Wrap2Wrap contest Chad Monroe (Get Graphic) and Jeremy Conners (Who Did That !?! ).

Avery Dennison brought together industry greats Justin Pate (The Wrap Institute), Jim Miller (Miller Decals), Joffrey Van Der Jagt (Pro Wrap) and John Duever (Vinyl Images and Design) for 3 custom designed full wraps every single day of the show.  The prize for the Avery Dennison “Wrap Like a King” contest was awarded to Australian shop Exotic Graphix for their “Toxic Rat” project.

Hexis spent the week of the show running their custom wrap contest with competitors from all over the globe.  Each wrapper was challenged to use the Hexis films to create a custom wrap, on-the-fly, during their assigned day & time slot.  Congratulations go out to the final winner Gabe Hin (Savage Wraps) as he walks away with the $5,000 grand prize.

Not to be outdone… KPMF, SOTT, MUTOH and others all had great wrapping demonstrations, new films and products to show the crowds.

Las Vegas and SEMA would definitely not be complete without a party or two!  The week started off with Avery Dennison’s blow out as well as Carl Brewer’s “The Big Reveal”.  Wednesday saw the industry’s first major wrap network collaboration party as Paint Is Dead teamed up with Masters of Branding for a extravaganza to be remembered!  Thursday evening was capped off with 3M’s musical gift as they brought the house down with their custom wrapped instruments and a killer cover band at the incomparable House of Blues.

An amazing time was had by all!

 

Arlon Discontinues Ultimate PremiumPlus™ and PerformancePlus Automotive Restyling Product Lines

automotivediscontinuance-300dpi Placentia, California – November 4, 2016 – Arlon Graphics (Arlon) has made the strategic decision to exit the automotive restyling market and refocus resources towards cast digital films and identity signage. With this change, Arlon will discontinue the production of automotive restyling films which will affect the Ultimate PremiumPlus™ and PerformancePlus product lines. Arlon will continue to sell Ultimate PremiumPlus and PerformancePlus while supplies last. During this transition, Arlon will work closely with our distributors to support this process and help communicate this change to customers.
“As we progress forward in the cast digital and cut graphic markets, we want to thank the automotive restyling wrap community and our industry partners for their incredible support,” states Taylor Froelich, Product Manager – Automotive, Arlon Graphics, LLC. “Arlon has consistently been the innovative leader in the automotive restyling industry and we are prepared to take this same stance and lead the way in our other core markets.”
About Arlon Graphics:
Arlon Graphics, LLC, manufactures and markets a full line of high quality pressure sensitive cut vinyl, flexible substrates, and print media films for the digital imaging, signage, screen printing, vehicle graphic and automotive restyling industries. Arlon is headquartered in Placentia, CA, with strategically positioned distribution out of Australia, Europe, Latin America, the UK and Uruguay to service our customers worldwide.

For further information on all Arlon products, contact customer service: Arlon Headquarters – 200 Boysenberry Ln. Placentia, CA 92870, USA
Tel: (800) 232-7161, (714) 985-6300; www.arlon.com; www.arlonautomotive.com

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