A Tasteful Makeover
How do you turn a rusty, 20-year-old delivery truck into the talk of the town? If you’re an in-plant with wide-format printing equipment, you wrap it in colorful promotional images and send it back onto the streets.
That’s what the staff at The Hershey Company’s in-plant did to an old Isuzu box truck. They used their 54˝ Roland Soljet Pro III XJ solvent ink-jet printer to transform the truck from an embarrassment into a gem.
“Usually we hid this truck away, because it was pretty old and not nice looking,” says Bob Wamsher, manager of Printing Services at the Hershey, Pa.-based in-plant. “But now it’s got a new life.”
The in-plant staff undertook this box truck makeover project to launch its new vehicle wrapping service. It went so well that the shop is already bidding on jobs for outside companies interested in revamping their own vehicles, Wamsher says.
The in-plant installed a Roland Soljet Pro about six months ago, primarily to print vinyl banners for outdoor use. When Wamsher decided give vehicle wrapping a try, he enlisted the help of Avery Dennison, which supplied the shop with its MPI 1005 Easy Apply RS cast vinyl film, made to conform to curves, rivets and corrugation.
“It took about six hours to get all that printed,” says Wamsher—plus another hour to laminate everything with a Seal laminator.
Avery Dennison employees trained Hershey staff how to apply the material to the truck and worked side-by-side with them during the project. Blow torches were used to soften the material that would cover the truck’s rivets.
“I was surprised how easy it was to apply,” says Wamsher. “The training is really key to this application.”
He completed the truck’s makeover by getting chrome covers for its rusty wheels.
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.