Switched on by new technology
In the fast moving world of print technology, standing still is not an option. At Artisan, we continuously invest in new pre-press, press, binding and mailing systems to make sure that you benefit from the best equipment in the business. Investment is continuous in all facets of print production. By always being at the forefront of print technology - from pre-press through to web offset printing, binding and distribution - we deliver constantly higher levels of innovation, interaction, logistics and JDF-compliant processes. All manned by people who know how to get the best out of the latest technology. All with the same aims in mind: better service, better quality and greater efficiency.
Web refers to the use of continuous rolls of paper (or webs) supplied to the printing press instead of sheets. Offset is the term for the lithographic printing process which uses a rubber covered cylinder to offset a high quality printing image onto the paper.
Gapless presses are fitted with the latest technology printing cylinders that are fitted with a rubber covered 'tube' instead of a traditional flat blanket. This enables the press to run more consistently at high speed while maintaining a high quality printing image throughout the print run.
Artisan have GMI closed loop colour control system fitted to every press, this scans the sheet with a spectrophotometer, this run's in house or customer defined density targets.
Artisan operates a strict Quality Control procedure on press, checking and saving time stamped copies every 10,000 impressions. The GMI closed loop colour control system monitors and maintains consistency throughout the run, if required a retrospective report can be obtained detailing the performance and tolerances achieved.
With the use of our 5 unit presses and in line UV varnishing units we can provide Gloss, Matt and Silk heatset overprint sealer varnish plus a high Gloss overall or spot U/V varnish, all of which are applied inline.
Industry recognised Fogra 39L as this is the standard that we use for our own proofing and Artisan achieves very high standards when matching to these on press. This standard of proofing forms part of the ISO 12647-2 specification.
We have a document that is supplied to you by the Production Department when you initially start working with Artisan and is available to download from in the Technical Guide section. If this does not provide all the answers you need, a phone call to Artisan should give you the extra support and advise that you need.
Yes if necessary but we would prefer one page per PDF. By supplying singles, the cost of any corrections in kept to a minimum and allows for greater flexibility.
Yes PDFx1a but please be careful to check any transparent effects. If there is any uncertainty, then please call or email Artisan for further advice.
You can send them via the internet using our secure prepress portal called InSite. Links to this site are available on this page. It allows you to upload the pages direct into the Artisan pre press environment and from there you can track the movement of all of your pages, from any PC/Mac with an internet browser.
If you job will be going to an onward distributor or maybe a mailing house, your copies will probably be best packed as BPOP. This stands for Bulk Packed On Pallets and means that copies are stacked in suitable bundle sizes, held together by a nylon retaining strap and palletised securely. This is the best method if the recipient is going to be further handling the copies (ie running them through another production line). More complex options include shrink-wrapping which is where each of the single strapped bundles are shrink-wrapped in a clear polythene film. This latter method bridges the gap between BPOP and boxing. Boxing or carton packing literally sees the bundle housed inside an often bespoke sized box.
There are a number of ways and therefore a number of things to think about with inserts. They can easily be bound into or indeed loose inserted into a job and it is important that any supplied insert falls within the specification outlined in our guidelines. In short, the best thing to do is to send in some samples so that the Production Department can have a look at them to determine whether there could be any implications. Implications can include physical size, number of pages to the insert, static causing copies to stick together, shape, perforations, the list goes on.
Need technical help? We have a selection of documents which cover most technical queries and highlight common problems. Click on the links below to download more detailed information.Creating PDFs
from InDesign Creating PDFs
from Quark7 Creating PDFs
from Distiller8 Insert and
Outsert Guidelines Perfect bound
product guidelines Preparing
your documents Preparing versioned