How It’s Printed: Business Cards | Online Printing by

PrintPlace specializes in high-quality, quick turn, 100% offset business card printing. From the moment your order is sent to press, a team of qualified printing experts begin producing your order. First, our art technicians review your job for several aspects such as size, embedded fonts, resolution and bleeds. Once your artwork passes this review, your job is passed on to pre-press. The pre-press technician’s job is to assemble orders for maximum printing efficiency. Yours as well as multiple customer’s jobs are grouped together for properties such as paper stock, size, quantity and processing options. Several customers orders are placed into a single group for greatest efficiency. Once assembled, the jobs are sent to plating. Here, the plate maker sends each job to a thermal infrared imaging machine. Aluminum plates containing an infrared-sensitive emulsion load into the plate setter where it wraps around the imaging drum. The drum spins at a dizzying 1,000 RPM’s, as an infrared laser exposes an image onto the plate. From there the now exposed aluminum plate moves to the processor, a four step treatment is applied, developer chemical, water, buffing, and gumming for further scratch protection. A plate for each color in the CNYP profile are printed for transfer to the press. PrintPlace utilizes three Komori offset printing presses for all of our printing. Maxed out, the Komori press can print a stunning 16,000 sheets per hour. The pressman takes the aluminum plates and hangs them on ink units of each corresponding color. Blank sheets are fed from the back of the machine. A series of conveyers and rollers rapidly shoot each sheet under cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink units. The rollers evenly distribute ink to the plates, which offsets the ink to a blanket roller, that in turn, applies ink to the paper. Coated sheets are then fed through our aqueous coating unit and run across heating elements for drying. Every few hundred sheets, the pressman pulls a sheet for analysis. He scans a color bar along the bottom edge edge for color accuracy. Visual inspection is also needed to check for highest quality. After printing, the sheets moved to the cutter. A large industrial cutting machine slices up to 1000 sheets. Each job is then separated for transfer to their particular finishing processes. Your business card’s once sliced are still attached in columns that are four high. As a finishing step, the cards are loaded into a slitter, where sets of rotary knives separate them. The result, a high quality, quick-turn business card ready to ship to your door. Log on to today to get your project started or call us at 877-405 3949.

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