SUNY College of Technology
The state of the art “printing center at Alfred
State is a key component to SUNY’s shared services initiative.
- Valerie B. Nixon Interim President Alfred State
Print & Mail Services 1
Mission Statement: Create an exciting working environment for our employees, producing products that proudly represent the image of Alfred State.
Utilizing the technological advances within the industry, along with the skills of our employees, to partner with members of SUNY in producing print and mail shared services.
Store front online order entry with individual college branding.
Digital Printing Offset Printing Complete Bindery and Finishing Operations Mail Insertion and Distribution
Advantages of Offset
Advantages of Digital
High image quality.
On-demand quantities with shorter turnaround time.
The unit cost goes down as the quantity goes up. Quality and cost-effectiveness in high volume one- and twocolor jobs. While todayâ€™s digital presses are close to the cost/ benefit ratio of offset for high quality work, they are not yet able to compete with the volume an offset press can produce. We use computer-to-plate systems, further increasing quality and accuracy.
More accurate counts, less waste and potential color variation. Less costly low volume printing. Variable data printing using information provided from a database or external file. Text and graphics can be changed on each piece without stopping the press. Expanded sheet size capabilities allowing increased design opportunities. Variety of medias available to print on: magnets, bumper stickers, window clings, glossy paper, table tents, plastics (mirror hangers / parking permits), increased variety of paper weights, and more.
So… Which is Better
Well, it seems that depends. Use this checklist to help decide:
Use the checklist to help you decide and talk to your printer before submitting your job for advice on preparing files properly for the option you choose.
Quantity. Offset printing has a front-end cost load. Short runs may have a high unit cost. But as quantities increase, the unit cost goes down with offset printing. Very short runs can be much more cost effective with digital printing; while larger quantities are likely to have a lower unit cost with offset printing. Turnaround. If you need it fast, digital usually offers quicker delivery. Printing medium. Do you need or want a special paper, finish or unusual printing surface, or unique size? Proofing. Digital offers accurate proofs since you see an actual sample of the printed piece. Accurate color proofing for offset printing can be expensive.
Color. If you need only black ink or one or two ink colors, offset printing may offer a more cost-effective solution. If you need four-color printing, digital may offer advantages in lower up-front costs. More on color. If you’re planning to print using the Pantone® Matching System, offset printing will give you the best match since it uses actual Pantone® inks. Digital printing simulates the color using a four-color matching process. The iGen4™ produces vibrant image quality that rivals offset and advanced color management tools to ensure consistent, high definition color images. Customization. Without question, digital printing offers the most affordable way to customize marketing materials, direct mail pieces, letters, etc.
Mail Insertion and Distribution Experienced and equipped mail house offering solutions focused upon maximizing quality assurance with every project. We house a mail processing and distribution center with restricted access and security. Our high speed mail insertion machine inserts personalized, transactional, and marketing documents into envelopes for greater integrity and security. Automated insertion of up to 4 pieces into a #10 envelope or up to 3 pieces plus booklet into a 9 x 12 envelope. â€˘ Automated folding and tabbing â€˘ Sort, tie, and bag for postal regulations â€˘ Shipping via USPS, UPS, FedEx utilizing third party accounts
Complete Bindery and Finishing Operations • Cutting • Folding • Collating and stitching • Drilling • GBC binding • Numbering • Shrink wrapping • Tabbing
Every finishing operation can be completed in-house without additional shipping costs and purchase orders. Precision cutting can be essential to the quality of any project. We have an automated unit that will cut, score, and trim all in one operation. Our auto set-up collator and booklet maker includes a stitcher and in-line trimmer, making booklets a breeze.
Our automated folding and tabbing machines used for mailings adhere to required postal regulations saving you unexpected postal fees. We can fold in a variety of configurations: single, double, half accordion, letter, accordion, brochure, right-angle, and custom folds.
SUNY College of Technology Document Center 10 Upper College Drive Alfred, NY 14802
www.alfredstate.edu For additional information please contact:
James Whedon Director of Print & Mail Services (607) 587-3532 WhedonJK@alfredstate.edu 8
Printed on iGen4â„˘ 110 Digital Press