Offset Printing

Offset printing is a commonly used printing technique where the inked image is transferred (or “offset”) from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. “Sheet-fed” refers to individual sheets of paper or paperboard being fed into a press and iis commonly used for printing of short-run magazines, brochures, letter headings, and general commercial (jobbing) printing. This process needs to be carefully managed by our printers to ensure that the image produced matches the customer requirements as closely as possible.

Digital Printing

These machines work on a wide variety of materials including paper, foamboard and plastic – enabling us to give our clients flexibility and extremely fast turnaround times. Our ability to colour match on reflective and transmissive materials, combined with the wide colour gamut of the press really makes the difference to your marketing materials. Our cutting tables and our know-how make for a powerhouse production capability for POS print and finish solutions for our clients.

Reprographics

Artwork that will not work in practice is spotted early on, either by a pre–flight check looking for images with too low a resolution or through operator experience, both reducing the cost of any errors. A key attribute in the best repro operator is to be able to ‘expect the unexpected’ and then use their accumulated skills to solve the problem.

Technology can offer a great deal when dealing with digital artwork, but so can the skills of the repro team and it is this combination that will be useful looking forward.


Typesetting

We strive to keep typesetting simple, but more importantly right up to date. Our forward thinking, combined with flexibility and the use of expert help means we are able to find solutions and better ways of creating work whatever the customer’s needs. We always proof from PDF files; which we will eventually use to print, meaning no extra process once the customer has seen and passed their proofs – this is just one of the little things that make the difference.
Our role is to produce work that is high quality and on time.

Colour Reproduction

Artwork that will not work in practice is spotted early on, either by a pre–flight check looking for images with too low a resolution or through operator experience, both reducing the cost of any errors. A key attribute in the best repro operator is to be able to ‘expect the unexpected’ and then use their accumulated skills to solve the problem.

Technology can offer a great deal when dealing with digital artwork, but so can the skills of the repro team and it is this combination that will be useful looking forward.

Pre-Press

Digital imposition is now the standard and, combined with computer–to–plate, these technologies have been directly responsible for much of the improvements in print quality over the last decade. Barcodes added to the imposition in pre-press can help to distinguish sections of saddle stitched books, improving accuracy and security in finishing. The latest platesetters allow printed images of much greater detail, sharper print quality and more control over variables such as dot gain and therefore colour.

Technology, used effectively, will help litho print confront the challenges from the digital world.


Online Proofing

We strive to keep typesetting simple, but more importantly right up to date. Our forward thinking, combined with flexibility and the use of expert help means we are able to find solutions and better ways of creating work whatever the customer’s needs. We always proof from PDF files; which we will eventually use to print, meaning no extra process once the customer has seen and passed their proofs – this is just one of the little things that make the difference.
Our role is to produce work that is high quality and on time.

Workflow Management

Workflow management is not an “out of the box” solution and relies quite heavily on the requirements and expectations of the client and reality of what can be achieved. When workflows are implemented across different sectors there is inevitably a cultural barrier to break through as the usual rules of process, management, costing, reporting, delivery are sometimes quite different.

Workflow management is about understanding digital files and their use in the production processes, the way in which these files are communicated, the way in which these files are re–purposed and in many respects what these files will achieve in different print tangible states or non–tangible uses i.e. web use (displayed on the Internet).

As our business grows and we manage different types of print i.e. screen print, digital print, web print we need to recognise the requirements and the capabilities of these processes, specifically when we present “contract proofs”, these are accurate representations of how your final print will be produced and we are contractually obliged to meet them.

The solution is to adopt a more “virtual approach” to viewing printed materials and if we adopt and in turn educate you, our clients, to this new approach we all stand together to see significant savings in “time” and “money” which are very valuable commodities.


Finishing

There is little point in reaching this part of a journey through the marketing process if you can’t finish it well. As with all our processes we are very proud of our finishing areas. These include folding, guillotining, saddle stitching, perfect binding & hand finishing.
Whether the customer requires a tray liner, a stitched booklet or a bound catalogue, all the operators and operations need to be able to work together to produce the best quality work on time, every time.