28 years ago, Kevin McCallion was made redundant when his son was only a few weeks old. He found work at a plastics factory, which one
day opened its own in-house sign shop – and Kevin was handed the keys.
"Suddenly I was a sign maker," he recalls.
Initially the work depended on very basic techniques and kit
–including tracing paper –but gradually the sign shop invested in
equipment including a Roland cutting plotter. Kevin, now operating as Mac
Signs, bought his first digital system ten years ago and hasn't looked back.
"Our first digital system was a Roland
TrueVIS VG-540 which not only showed improvements in quality and resolution
but also changed our business," he says. "Previously we were 100 per
cent generic traditional sign making, now we're 80 to 90 per cent
Like hundreds of TrueVIS owners, Kevin can offer a full
range of sign and display products and build a compelling solution for his
customers. As such, Mac Signs offers everything from premium signage and banners
to vehicle graphics, health and safety labels and construction site signs. It
counts the NHS as a key customer, producing an array of work such as wayfinding
signage, directories and emergency signs.
This year Kevin McCallion decided it was time to upgrade his
TrueVIS to the brand-new Roland
TrueVIS SG2-540, becoming the first company in the UK to take delivery of
this next-generation system.
Available in three sizes, the SG2 series is more than a
reliable asset for sign makers like Kevin. The system boasts the renowned
quality and efficiency of all Roland devices and features comprehensive media
compatibility, low running costs and the same-day application promise of the
new TR2 ink.
These attributes have earned the system top honours in the prestigious Keypoint Intelligence Buyers Lab 2020 Pick Awards for
Outstanding Entry-Level CMYK (Eco-solvent/Latex 54"/64" Printer
The 54" (1.3m) TrueVIS SG2-540 was installed at Mac
Signs in October by Roland supplier Signmaster. Kevin says he has been impressed by its
colour profiles and quality – which he says are a 'step up' – and especially by
improvements made to its integrated cutting capability. Thanks to its
permanently fixed media guides, the material is kept flat and channelled
through the system quickly and smoothly. Kevin describes this as a 'godsend.'
Now both in their late 20s, Kevin's two sons work with him
at Mac Signs and are set to continue its legacy. They have plans to attend
Roland Academy’s intensive 2-day vehicle
wrapping course at Roland’s UK headquarters in Clevedon to expand their own
skillsets and the services provided by Mac Signs.
"The new TrueVIS should be working for the next five to
seven years, by which time my sons will be taking a bigger role in the
business," says dad and owner Kevin.