Matthew Anderson bought a small sign company, based in Swansea, UK in September 2017. He decided to add to some additional printer power to the business – rebranded as Bow Design – almost straightaway.
"We had a 14-year-old Roland VersaCAMM SP-540 – which is still going strong – plus a laminator and a CNC router, but I wanted to go after large accounts. A contract with one of the UK's biggest retailers depended on upgrading our printing capacity," says the Bow Design owner.
Matthew saw printers from a number of manufacturers in action but decided to stay with Roland, narrowing down the choice to a TrueVIS VG-640 wide-format inkjet printer/cutter after seeing it at a Creative Centre Experience Day at Roland DG UK's headquarters in Clevedon.
"As an existing Roland user I know that Roland's service is second to none," he comments. "The TrueVIS VG-640's speed and quality are great and the RIP is almost identical to the VersaCAMM's so I knew it would be easy to use. You know what you're getting with Roland, and that's a quality machine."
As a direct result of the TrueVIS installation in February, Bow Design is now producing work for seven supermarket branches, including window graphics, point of sale, internal hanging signs, filling station graphics and more – with new Easter displays about to be installed.
The TrueVIS – supplied by Roland reseller printMAX – also prints and cuts stickers at an incredible rate, as Matthew Anderson discovered.
"The week before the TrueVIS was installed I printed 100 stickers on our older machine in 39 minutes. A week later, on the new TrueVIS, I printed 100 stickers in nine minutes. We now have two operational Roland machines, running all day every day, and I've calculated production has increased by 72 per cent."
The next step for Bow Design is to open a stunning showroom for potential customers and partners, inspired by Roland's Creative Centre. With media samples from Metamark, the company is using digital wall coverings, window graphics and other signage and display work to create an inviting space with the wow factor. The new machine is key to this project.
"The TrueVIS is perfect, it hasn't missed a beat," says Matthew Anderson. "It also looks nice in our new showroom!"
For more information on Bow Design, please visit www.bowdesign.co.uk.
For more information on Roland DG (UK), please visit www.rolanddg.co.uk.