Print Place specializes in high quality, quick turn, one hundred percent offset postcard 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 onto pre-press. The pre-press technician’s job is to assemble orders from maximum printing efficiency. Yours as well as multiple costumers jobs are grouped together from property such as paper stock, size, quantity, and processing options. Several costumers orders are placed into a single group for greatest efficiency. Once assembled, 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 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 CMYK 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 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 for color accuracy. Visual inspection is also needed to check for highest quality. After printing, the sheets move to the cutter. A large industrial cutting machine slices up to 1,000 sheets. Each job is then separated for transfer to their particular finishing processes. Once cut, your postcards go to mailing. Before shipping, the specified addresses are printed onto each card using an ink jetting machine. The worker loads your postcards. Once running, a conveyer pulls each card rapidly under two high-speed print heads. A heating coil then dries the printed addresses. The result, a high quality, quick-turn brochure ready for mailing to your customer’s door. Log on to PrintPlace.com today to get your project started! Or call us at 877-405-3949.