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PRINTING TURNAROUND TIMES

CHAPTER 4

In the printing industry, the times in which it takes to turn projects from files to actual carry out the door printing can vary depending many factors.

back to the proof. Was that name spelled wrong in the proof or not, for instance.

For instance, if it’s a Friday morning and you need an extra 500 postcards for an event this weekend, printers can usually print/cut and make those ready in a couple hours. Now if you needed a 36 page booklet, printed, coil bound in a quantity of 100, that’s a different story. A job like takes a lot of hands to complete, so the turn time is going to be longer.

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To start, having print ready artwork is a key aspect. If the files you possess are properly built (bleed, if necessary, crop marks, etc.) those types of files can be put into the system and prepared with little side work. If you have files that need adjusted, then printers are going to adjust those and typically ask you to approve proofs, to ensure what is going to print is exactly what you’re looking for. This holds both parties accountable to the proof. When all else fails, go

Another factor would be timelines. Printers typically operate under a Monday-Friday, 8-5 schedule, with some working on Saturday for strictly printing, to catch up on the week’s jobs. But in general, printers will have a deadline to get files into production for that day to start the clock on a job. For instance, Printing Solutions gives clients until 11 AM to get files over/approved for that day to count as business day one, otherwise, anything after would roll over to the next day. Once files are approved and into production, other factors such as finish, quantity and what type of machine the file is ran on come into play. If you’ve ordered a silk laminated business card with us, we run those through our press. Once complete, they need to run through our coating machine, which places a thin laminate over it. Then they get cut down, boxed and are ready for pick up. This particular process takes 5-6 business days. Say

Printing Solutions – The Print + Design Guide  

Printing Solutions developed The Print + Design Guide – to help you, our clients become more familiar with our world. By reading this print...

Printing Solutions – The Print + Design Guide  

Printing Solutions developed The Print + Design Guide – to help you, our clients become more familiar with our world. By reading this print...

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