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Do you have an “OPEN”, or “HEATSET” Web Press?
Advanced Web Offset is proud to offer you both. We have three lines of open web or “cold set” web presses, in addition to, we have a 4 unit, state of the art Heat Set web press. We run QuadTech® automatic register and automatic cutoff technoligy, to insure the best quality on your finished product. Both our open and heat set press lines offer you the efficiency of being full web width, effectively doubling your page capacity compared to the numerous half web shops around.
What type of presses and bindery equipment do you have?
Click here to quickly go to our equipment page. There we can better explain our equipment and you can see actual streaming video of our equipment in operation. Advanced Web Offset is, just as our name implies, a web printing full service printer. This means we buy paper in large rolls and run your job through our high-speed presses applying copy and image on to both sides of the paper at the same time (perfecting printing). We can bind your job either on line or collate numerous sections into a complete finished piece off line on our state of the art bindery equipment. We can facilitate all of your advertising insert needs.
Where can I place my four color pages?
Four Color page placement is unlimited. Remember, for a book or catalog type publication, there are eight (8) pages per plate (“folio”). Tabloid or large magazine sized publications include four pages per folio. This means that for every folio of four color needed, you can select from one to eight pages of four color at the same cost. Your Customer Service Representative will be glad to assist you to determine your most efficient four color use and layout for your product.
What are your min/max print sizes?
The final size is dependent on your needs and what you want your product to look like. It can be as small as a 3” X 4” booklet to a full 21” X 34” poster. Page counts are unlimited. Your Customer Service Representative will be glad to assist you to determine your needs and actual sizes for your product.
What should my image size be?
Your image size depends on your document size. Generally, it will be 3/8” smaller than your document size (3/8” on each side and 3/8” on top and 3/8” on bottom), this is not a hard and fast rule however. Any questions regarding your image fit should be addressed to your representative.
What are your minimum and maximum press runs?
Because of the complexity of setting up a web press and the speed at which they run, a lot of scrap paper is pulled through the press while setting the registration and ink densities for your job. Therefore, we prefer to keep out press runs to a minimum of seven thousand finished copies. It would be possible to run as few as five hundred copies, but the costs associated with this short run may not be competitive. We have absolutely no maximum press runs. Our newest high-speed Gloss Universal Press is capable of running your job at almost fifty thousand copies per hour. Twenty thousand to twenty million, our maximum runs are limited only by your needs.
Do you offer complete Graphic Design and Pre Press fulfillment?
Absolutely! AWO started as a leader in the desktop revolution in 1989 and remains one of the most proficient electronic graphics facilities available. Our graphic arts software experts offer your training at your site, in our training room, or by phone. Our state of the art Macintosh Dual Processor G5 desktop computers running thru our State of the art Rampage processing systems and then directly into either of our two new Fuji Saber Luxel Vx9600 Direct to Plate (CTP) processors. We also utilize high resolution image setters to assure your product will be delivered just as you imagined it no matter how you prepare your artwork.
What can I do to avoid getting problem calls from AWO regarding files I have sent them? How do I avoid my halftones printing too dark? What is your recommended line ruling? What file can I send?
We strongly recommend that you schedule an information exchange session with our graphics experts before sending files to AWO. We can then give you theses answers based on your specific conditions. Our goal is to make the processing of your files as smooth and trouble free for all involved as possible.
Can I send PC files to AWO for output? How do I do this?
Yes! AWO is cross platform capable and can take any files you prepare. Since all files we receive should be PDF or post scripted, the platform is not relevant. We have both Macintosh and Windows PC in house. We strongly encourage that you send only PDF files to us but we can work with any format you send.
What is your average turn-around time from receiving artwork to finished product?
Depending on the size, quantity and complexity of your job, AWO can turn your job as quickly as eight hours. Most regular weekly jobs are turned in as few as four hours and always within 24 hours.
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What is the difference between DPI, LPI? How do you define resolution? What type of screening process is available?
– We’ll define these for you and explain how each can affect your printed piece:
DPI (dots per inch) is used to explain the resolution of images. The more dots per inch, the higher the resolution. A common resolution for laser printers in 600 dots per inch; this means 600 dots across and 600 dots down, so there are 360,000 dots per square inch. Our Direct to Plate systems and high-speed imagesetters use between 1200 and 2400 DPI. You can see that in the latter case there are about 5,760,000 dots used allowing a much greater detail of the image being reproduced.
LPI (lines per inch). In printing, a continuous tone image, such as a photograph, is converted into black-and-white images called “halftones”. Halftones are created through a process called dithering, in which the density and pattern black and white dots are varied to simulate different shades of gray. In the past, photographing an image through a screen created conventional printing of halftones. The screen frequency, measured in lines per inch, determines how many dots are used to make each spot. In theory, the higher the screen frequency (the more lines per inch), the more accurate the halftone will be. When printing four color images the photograph is separated into four separate groups of dots each set using a different angel for the lines of dots. When the four primary colors (CMYK) are printed each on top of the other, a pattern called a “rosette” is formed. Depending on the size of the dots (from 0% to 100%) different colors were formed creating the image.
FM Screening/Stochastic Screening
FM Screening/Stochastic Screening: The step beyond conventional halftone screening is a technology was called FM screening or “Stochastic Screening”. In this process, no longer was the angling the four colors of dots formed patterns of “rosettes”. FM screening utilized more of a “spray pattern” in random positions. Color and images are formed by different amounts of these patterns, varying in density or closeness of each one to the other. Pictures were improved and small objects were reproduced with different levels of success.
Today, being very aware of FM screening, but still needing to improve the technology of conventional screening, Advanced Web Offset utilizes the very latest in screening processes. “CoRes Screening” or “Hybrid Screening”. This is state of the art screening that through the improved speed of the rastering processors of our front-end systems, the computer merges both the color changing ability of conventional screening and the quality and dithering process of FM screening into a truly modified hybrid screen reproduction. The finished printed piece is reproduced to an almost continuous tone image or the look of a photograph. With incredible clarity, sharp registration and perfect color reproduction you must experience AWO’s Hybrid CoRes Screening laser imaged directly onto the plate.
What is your average turn-around time from receiving files, to finished product?
Depending on the size, quantity and complexity of your job, AWO will produce your publication to meet all your delivery requirements and expectations.
What are your min max press runs?
It is possible to run as few as five hundred copies. We have no maximum or minimum press runs. Our maximum runs are limited only by your needs.
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