The majority of the jobs we print are printed on our Heidelberg Litho presses, but there are some occasions where they are better suited to our digital presses.
Here's a breakdown of the main benefits of each...
Why print litho (offset)?
- Suitable for long run high volume as out presses are capable of printing up to 15,000 sheets per hour
- Can print a large range of paper weights from 0.03mm - 0.6mm thick
- Produces very high quality printing from very high resolution artwork
- Can produce graduated tints and solid blocks of colour effectively
- Ink suitable for overprinting at a later date on a laser printer
- Suitable for special inks and finishes, such as spot colours (highly vivid, solid colours which can be unachievable out of 4 colour process), fluorescents or metallics
- Accurate colour reproduction as uses actual Pantone® inks
Examples of jobs we would print litho: A5 leaflets, A6 leaflets, Stationery, Brochures (large quantities)
Why print digital?
- Cost effective for short runs due to minimal set up
- Accurate proof - identical to finished print
- Very little wastage as we can print the exact number of sheets needed rather than having to run the press to ensure the water and ink balance is correct beforehand
- Uses less materials than litho printing - water, dyes and solutions and the image is printed directly to the paper without the need for printing plates
- High quality printing
- Can print from slightly lower resolution (quality) artwork
- Suitable for personalised jobs (variable data printing)
- Can colour match to Pantone® colours (industry standard colours)
- Every print is identical - due to not having to balance ink and water
Examples of jobs we might print digitally: Business cards, Greetings cards, Brochures (small quantities), Banners, Large format posters