New safety signage business hits the ground running
The owners of Appeal Media have launched a new business, Aroc Compliance, specialising in health and safety and compliance signage. It has hit the ground running during difficult trading conditions, thanks to the ability of its new Ricoh Pro TF6250 UV flatbed printer to print at exceptional speeds direct-to-substrate.
Founded by Appeal Media owners Stephen Matthews and Scott McCabe, along with Cora Zonfrillo and Duncan Lowry, in 2019, Aroc Compliance has been busy producing informative sanitiser stations for schools as well as safety signage for large contractors serving a variety of businesses, including the construction, grocery, retail and banking sectors, which need to comply with new COVID-19 regulations.
Having founded Appeal Media in 2008, lifelong friends Stephen and Scott had been producing both small-format printed work, typically high-quality marketing material for the hospitality industry, plus wide-format graphics and signage for a number of years and, as a successful user of the Ricoh Pro C9100 digital press, they didn’t hesitate to choose Ricoh again when investing in a new flatbed printer.
Scott explained: “When it comes to high-quality small-format printing, nothing touches the Ricoh Pro C9100. We were able to convert from offset printing to digital while offering the same matt finish that our customers demand.
“That experience gave us the confidence that Ricoh’s UV flatbed technology would offer the engineering capacity we needed for signage, graphics and vehicle liveries. We visited the Ricoh UK Customer Experience Centre at Telford to see the Ricoh Pro TF6250 in action and, having seen other machines on the market, buying it was a no-brainer.”
Appeal Media moved to new, much larger premises in Falkirk in late 2019, partly to accommodate the Ricoh Pro TF6250, which can print onto a wide variety of substrates and rigid media up to 11cm thick. By March 2020 it was working at full capacity, just in time to help newly launched Aroc Compliance handle the COVID-19 situation.
Scott continued: “Most of our small-format work is for the hospitality industry so lockdown had a major impact on that side of our business. Accordingly, we had to think of other things to do and the TF6250 has been a real the star thanks to its ability to print direct to substrate in a fraction of the time it would take when using vinyl.”
Scott observed that the company’s previous wide-format printer would take around 18 minutes to print graphics onto vinyl for a standard 8′ x 4′ sign, which the team would then need to apply to the board, laminate, mount and trim – a 30-minute process in total. However, using the new Ricoh Pro TF6250 UV flatbed to print directly to materials such as foamboard, signboard and aluminium, the time required has been reduced to just three minutes.
“The time reduction, the fantastic colour gamut, the potential profits – the Ricoh Pro TF6250 is extraordinary,” enthused Scott. “For example, we received an order for 1,000 400mm x 300mm panels that I thought would take all week, but we finished in just eight hours.
“Investing in the Ricoh Pro TF6250 UV flatbed was absolutely the right thing for us. In terms of the new business, we’ve made really good headway and the printer’s productivity has been well and truly proven. We’ve completed a huge amount of work at fantastic speeds since March and are looking forward to even more with Aroc.”
For further information on Aroc Compliance, visit: www.aroccompliance.co.uk
For more information on Ricoh’s large format solutions, please visit https://products.ricoh.co.uk/large-format