What is Press?

After prepress, the next phase is Press. During printing, accuracy is crucial for both quality and timely delivery, so projects only go to press after they have passed the pre-press and plate making stages, which will result in cutting out any need for costly reprints.

There are several different kinds of printing process and the choice of process depends on the kind of job. Machine printers may specialise in one particular printing process. Most machines are computer controlled. A machine printer’s tasks can include:

preparing the paper or card so that it runs smoothly through the machine
positioning the printing plates in the press and taking trial prints to ensure everything is correctly placed
loading the machine with inks and making sure colours are reproduced correctly
maintaining quality checks during the running of the press
looking out for problems, such as paper jams, to avoid machine downtime
routine maintenance and cleaning of the press.