Ahead of the new academic year Cardiff University has utilised its Roland TrueVIS VG-540 and large quantities of Drytac SpotOn wall media to produce more than 40,000 signs in preparation for the return of students and staff.

In ordinary times the university’s Print Services department, which has been in place for more than 30 years, produces a wide array of products including both academic and marketing applications. However the unique circumstances of 2020 provided the team with a fresh challenge, to help prepare the entire campus for the new academic year in line with COVID-19 guidance on social distancing.

‘From July onwards we were printing pretty much non-stop in order to help the Estates division get the 200-plus buildings on campus ready for re-occupation and re-opening in time for the autumn semester,’ explained senior print services assistant, Gareth Middleton. ‘By our rough estimations, in that time we printed more than 40,000 items. The majority of these were A4 wall signs which were printed on Drytac SpotOn and then guillotined or cut by hand from the roll.’

Cardiff University Print Services utilised Drytac SpotOn White Matte, a vinyl film designed for short-term applications such as wall displays. Also available in white gloss, clear gloss and clear matte finishes, SpotOn features Drytac’s innovative ‘dot pattern’ adhesive that enables easy bubble-free application without tools, and clean, simple removal.

‘All the wall signage is being used internally and – hopefully – for the short to medium term,’ Mr Middleton finished. ‘DrytacSpotOn gives a great solid, vibrant finish using our Roland TrueVIS VG-540 and is quick and easy for the Estates team to handle and apply in large quantities.’