This continually evolving printing method is designed to produce good quality, shorter runs while maximizing client budgets. Additionally, this electronic technology allows for multi-page documents and variable data printing. Each printed piece can have individual information printed on plain text or photos that are driven from an external database or spreadsheet. This provides personalization and customization unavailable by other print processes.
Another important advantage that digital printing offers is speedy turn around. Thanks to minimal press setup and built in multi-color registration, these otherwise lengthy processes are eliminated.
Offset printing is a technique where the inked image is transferred or “offset” from a printing plate to a press blanket and then onto a paper surface. Single sheets of paper are stacked at the lead edge of the press, conveyed through the press where they are printed, and then emerging at the other end ready for finishing in bindery.
We use Computer To Plate (CTP) methodology. This is a process of transferring digital data from a computer directly onto printing plates used on a press. It eliminates the need for producing film and stripping (positioning) the film in order to make the plate.
Offset print technology is best for high volume print runs because the higher the quantity printed, the less the cost per unit. It also provides better quality printing from one color to multi-color, plus special finishes. While slightly higher in cost, it allows clients greater flexibility in paper choice, color control, size and quantity.
For high-volume runs, web printing is an economical way to go. It is an offset process but rather than printing on single cut sheets of paper, web printing uses mounted rolls of paper in order for a continuous stream of paper to run through the press. Once printed, it is trimmed into sheets and/or bound at the other end.
Web offset printing is used for high-volume publications such as catalogs and brochures. Some web presses transfer text and images to only one side of the paper at a time, while others can print on both sides simultaneously.