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Glass, triangles and hinges are the keys to a solid installation B Y J U S T I N P A T E Justin Pate is a graphic installer/ instructor with more than 18 years experi- ence working both in the United States and Europe. Justin teaches workshops across the world, most notably for Avery Dennison and Mutoh in North America. In 2014, Justin launched The Wrap Institute (www.wrapinstitute. com), a comprehensive wrap instruc- tional resource. Hood marked up to show where various UGIS techniques can be used on a full-print wrap. W hen I launched my first DVD, "Vehicle Graphic Installations," back in 2008, it debuted UGIS (Universal Graphic Installation System). UGIS was a thorough breakdown of all the elements involved in wrapping vehicles into a simple, easy to understand system. The idea came while making the DVD. I had shot the footage and was working with the editor Danny Hollander. At one point, after making the chapters cover- ing everything from hoods to bumpers, he turned to me and said, "Man, you basi- cally do the same things on everything even though they look different. Your techniques are universal." That's when I had the Ah-ha moment and, that night, made UGIS and put it on the DVD. The Goal The goal for UGIS was multi-fold. By providing installers, especially beginners, with a system it would make learning much easier and quicker, create consis- tent quality for advanced installers and improve durability while lowering install times. Also, by coming up with a clear set of terms and techniques, installers anywhere in the world would be able to use them. No different than manufactur- ers of products have standard sizes and dimensions worldwide. A USB cable can plug into an outlet in Japan the same as in America. With UGIS, an installer in Japan can wrap a hood exactly the same as America. This means the qual- ity worldwide can be the same, which produces consistent quality and raises the industry. WRAPS DIGITAL GRAPHICS U N I V E R S A L G R A P H I C S I N S T A L L A T I O N S Y S T E M UNDERSTANDING UGIS HOW TO 50 • August 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S

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