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Technical Process

For those interested in how we get from pristine, clean paper through to the finished item, we thought we'd run you through the whole production process.

 
 

It starts in our Pre-press Department - a Mac suite where we interrogate the artwork supplied by clients, plan the job and run out high resolution digital proofs. Our Truflow proofing system is integrated with our CTP (computer to plate) unit which ensures colour-matched plates. Artwork can be supplied in a variety of formats including most PC software platforms and is archived on a 3 terabyte raid work station.

The plates and the proof (for colour reference) go to the Machine Room where we can print from SRA3 (320x450mm) all the way up to B1 (720x1020mm) in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 colours on our Komori multi colour presses.

Once dry, the paper goes to our Finishing Department which contains two programmatic guillotines; three folding machines capable of handling small format up to B1 sheets, with inline scoring and perforating if required; two platens and a cylinder for die-cutting, creasing and embossing; a 6 station + cover feeder stitching and trimming line which allows us to do small size and loop stitching when required; paper drills; shrink-wrapping machines; and clean bench areas for handwork eg making up folders, pads, collating inserts etc.

We do most of our finishing in-house but where specialist technology is required - eg lamination, perfect binding, wiro-binding etc - we use companies with whom we have longstanding relationships and on whom we know we can rely. They are part of our team and have the same dedicated approach to service and quality that we have.

Our large format digital printer allows us to produce posters and banners up to 64" / 1625mm wide and 50 metres long on paper, plastic or canvas; and our small format digital printer rattles off short-run leaflets, business cards, matt/silk and uncoated papers.

We keep our finger on the pulse of technological development and we're constantly looking for ways to improve our efficiency and our level of service and reduce our environmental impact.