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Technology Overview

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  • Investing in the futureOpen or Close

    In order to deliver an efficient and competitive service we invest in the latest technology. Our continual investment across our 14 acre site enables us to deliver a professional end product at all times. To view our extensive plant list please download the PDF document here

  • BinderyOpen or Close

    Our state-of-the-art bindery machinery gives us the ability to offer a wide range of bindery and finishing services. These include perfect binding, saddle stitching, inserting, guillotining and folding. Magazines and books can be produced with cover flaps, loose and bound in onserts and all products can be packed and wrapped in-line.

    Very thin products can be perfect bound – down to only 1mm thickness, or at the other end of the scale, up to 70mm thickness. Covers can be produced in eight page format so that magazines and paperbacks can be produced with cover flaps. The unique action of the Kolbus three knife trimmer minimises marking or rubbing of even the most delicate cover materials.

    There is an inline card inserter/onserter, the Kolbus KK card feeder. It can glue a much wider range of products than paper/card including anything from CD’s to cream sachets. The gluing area is very large so that products can be placed over a wider area of the page than on any other card inserter.

    The whole process is managed automatically by the binder quality control system. Any product detected as not perfect is automatically rejected.

    Loose inserts can also be “static nailed” during production. This entails applying a static charge to the material to be inserted, on any hopper throughout the ZU gatherer. This means that an insert can be accurately placed within chosen pages with the static charge holding the insert firmly in place so that it does not move during production.

    We pride ourselves on offering our customers a professional and efficient printing service.

  • Artwork SpecificationsOpen or Close

    What are the artwork specifications?

    When your artwork is ready the files will need to be saved as PDFs created to industry standard. The PDFs will need to be saved as high resolution, CMYK and centred with trim marks. Using FujiFilm Remote software we will supply you with a username and password once we have received your order confirmation.

    FujiFilm Remote software is also available as an IPad app which is free to download from the iTunes Store.

    For additional support in uploading your artwork files please download the FujiFilm Remote instructions here

  • Helpful TipsOpen or Close

    Below is a glossary of helpful terms

    Black solids

    Can be enhanced by adding a 40% tint of cyan. Total area coverage (TAC) – Combined colour values should not exceed 300%. This may be required to be lower depending on the paper being printed on. This TAC applied to pictures printed in colour – 300% in the darkest areas with a maximum black of 80%.

    Cracking

    Can appear on a saddle stitched publication when heavy inking appears on the spine or fold particularly on heavier stocks. The effect can be minimised by using only light ink coverage along the fold.

    Perfect Binding Line Ups

    Elements running across a spread can suffer from loss of image into the spine. This can be alleviated by moving the element that runs across the spine 2mm to the left, for the left hand page, and 2mm to the right, for the right hand.

    Rub

    Silk and matt stocks tend to be less absorbent, so they are prone to rub and mark when being bound or stitched. This can be alleviated by running a non-enhancing sealer varnish.

    Ink Rubbing

    Ink can be transferred through abrasive contact on press and bindery handling systems during the manufacturing process. Matt and silk/satin papers are particularly susceptible to ink rubbing. Consideration can be given to this at the design stage Where possible avoid facing pages of heavy ink coverage against white, unprinted pages. Where possible avoid designs where the outside front cover is heavily inked and the outside back cover has large areas of white space or vice versa. If this is unavoidable, consider a seal, which can sometimes prevent marking.

    Trapping

    Light colours printed on dark backgrounds should be set as "knock outs".

    Fine Lettering

    Thin lines, rules, medium and small type sizes should be reproduced in a single colour only wherever possible. Do Not Use rules defined as ‘hairline’ in your DTP application. Desktop printers and similar devices will not give an accurate representation of a hairline rule on your proofs. Keep to a minimum weight of 0.25pt for a solid single colour.

    Reversed Out Lettering

    Reversed out lettering, or “knocked-out” type, should be out of a minimum of colours. Type or objects smaller than 10pt in size should ideally be reversed out of one colour only. Small letters reversed out of multiple colours – particularly fonts with fine serifs – will show colour in white type areas even with the slightest mis-registration on press. Check to ensure that reversed out lettering does not become illegible due to the text’s background.

    Shingling

    Saddle stitched publication pages decrease in width page by page from the front cover to the centre spread. The scale of which is dependent on the weight of the text stock. The heavier the stock the greater the increment. This can be compensated for by reducing the page width gradually.

    Web Growth

    This occurs when web text is put together with a sheet fed cover. During the printing process the web (text) sections are dried through gas ovens, therefore reducing the amount of moisture in the sheet. After saddle stitching or perfect binding, the text sections will re-absorb moisture from the atmosphere and grow very slightly thus protruding from the sheet fed cover.

    Cockling

    A wavy appearance to the text sections near the spine, may occur particularly on perfect bound A5 work due to the direction of grain in the sheet. We recommend extra time being allowed between printing and binding to allow the heat set web sections to absorb moisture back in to the paper.

  • Own Paper StockOpen or Close

    If you are supplying your own paper deliveries can be accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Please ensure that all deliveries are booked in with the Paper Department on 01952 287137 at least 5 days prior to the delivery date, unless otherwise agreed.

    It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure that all paper supplies arrive for their designated slot. Any deliveries outside the booking slot may be held until other deliveries are unloaded. Deliveries must be enclosed in a curtain sided vehicle

    Roll Deliveries

    Rolls need to be stacked on the flat end and stacked a maximum of two high. All reels are to be stacked along the edge of the trailer and not in the centre.

    Reels must be spaced accordingly to allow for safe unloading (NB Reels mounted on the roll will be turned away)

    Optimum reel diameter = 1250mm Internal core diameter = 76mm Maximum 1 mill join per roll

    Sheet Deliveries

    All sheet deliveries must be palletised, preferably on four way entry pallets and should be securely strapped, waterproof wrapped and single stacked.

  • Customer InsertsOpen or Close

    The specification for delivery and presentation of printed goods to Precision Colour Printing is outlined in the Booking Procedure. The Booking Procedure enables Precision Colour Printing to load and unload all items quickly and professionally, whilst incorporating HSE guidelines. By working in partnership with our customers we are able to achieve this.

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Testimonials

Lovely job, file copies arrived last week!! The catalogues have started dropping today and so far well received.

From start to finish I'm happy to say that I received a responsive service from everyone involved in the printing of BrightMinds ... read more

Alison Quill

Brightminds

PCP has always maintained high standards on all our projects over the years. They were enthusiastic to get involved and we were pleased to name them as one of the printers for this historic tournament ... read more

Paul Dove

Trinity Mirror

We are investing in a high end product and the quality of the print work and the service we received has more than matched our expectations ... read more

Graeme Gourlay

Syon Publishing

Thank you so much to everyone at PCP for our recent Theatre Royal Bath brochure. The job was completed absolutely on schedule and the finished product looks excellent. Really grateful! read more

Anna O' Callaghan

Theatre Royal Bath

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