Today in Shanghai, China, we “re-created” parts of the West Coast Customs’ Corona, CA headquarters to demonstrate how HP is helping WCC take their dream cars from rendering to reality back in California.
Ryan Friedlinghaus, owner and founder of WCC, and Jim Zafarana from HP’s commercial solutions group gave the audience a tour of the mock WCC headquarters, explaining how HP has helped WCC streamline processes throughout the business, including the front office, design room and shop floor.
Prior to working with HP products, WCC designers used to burn CDs to transfer mock-ups from one computer to another in the shop and work around frequent system failures. With the help of HP, WCC has revamped their workroom with high-performance technology, including everything from Z Workstations and EliteBooks to massive Designjet printers.
In the front office, HP Elite desktops take on the task of automating employee timesheets with the project billing system, creating an integrated system for parts ordering and enabling consolidation of orders for standard parts. HP multi-function printers also take care of scanning, copying, even emailing designs directly from the printer.
Guests to WCC can sign in digitally as visitors using an HP All-in-One PC, where they can also see images of WCC’s awesome work. As they tour the facility, they can view videos and other content about our projects on HP Digital Signage Displays. An HP point-of-sale system also tracks inventory in the WCC store.
HP Workstations make the design process much faster and easier at WCC, a process Friedlighaus appreciates: "Time is money. Now, design changes can be made in seconds to expedite changes and emailed off to the customer for approval. WCC uses an HP Designjet L26500 printer to turn wild ideas into vibrant vehicle wraps printed on 60-inch vinyl or polyester film. The HP Latex Inks stretch with the vinyl during mounting without cracking, which is great for vehicle wraps.”
HP Thin Clients are perfect for the chaos of the shop floor. Thin clients give shop workers complete access to the network, including shared resources such as project renderings and applications running on the server. Also, because they have no hard drive or moving parts, they stand up to the harsh, dusty environment of the shop.
Guests also got a look at the HP Denali – a one-of-a-kind vehicle that WCC transformed for HP. The HP Denali functions as a real-time mobile demonstration that shows off HP technology across a broad array of products that demonstrate capabilities unique to HP. It’s a great way to highlight HP hardware, innovation and vision through hands-on demonstration of product capabilities.
See how HP "re-created" the West Coast Customs headquarters in this video from Shanghai: