Most people don’t give a second thought to how their project is printed and probably have no idea what sheet-fed printing is. They simply expect it to look good in its final form.
However, you might be surprised at how much the printing method and process can affect the outcome of your project, which is why it’s important to have some knowledge regarding different techniques available to you.
Though you may not be familiar with the term sheet-fed printing, you’ve likely seen or ordered printed materials that were made with this technique. Let’s look at what sheet-fed printing is, the benefits of this technique, and when you should opt for sheet-fed printing versus another method:
What is Sheet-Fed Printing?
Sheet-fed printing is a high-quality printing process that either uses individual sheets of paper that are manually fed into the printing machine or a roll of paper that offers a continuous feed and can be cut during the printing process.
In other words, you’re “feeding” paper into the machine.
The alternative to a sheet-fed printer is a web printer, which uses large rolls of paper that are continually fed through machines, then cut after all printing is complete.
The Benefits of Sheet-Fed Printing
While it may seem labor intensive to feed individual sheets of paper through a printer, sheet-fed printing offers several attractive benefits.
Many companies opt for this type of printing method if they’re using special materials. This printing method can accommodate finishes and heavier card stocks or weights, which gives you more options. It’s also a surefire way to guarantee a uniform end product.
In addition, there’s usually less waste involved and less set-up time with sheet-fed printing, which can help to keep printing costs low for both you and the printing company.
Best Uses for Sheet-Fed Printing
Sheet-fed printing is best used for small and medium-sized print jobs. In fact, many printers won’t offer web printing as an option unless you’re requesting thousands of printed pieces.
Business cards, letterhead, stationery, brochures, flyers, and business forms are usually made via sheet-fed printing. Paper can be printed on both sides simultaneously to maximize efficiency. As a result, most sheet-fed machines can print anywhere between 4,000 to 18,000 pieces per hour.
Fact: Las Vegas Color Graphics has eight sheet-fed printers. This is one of them: Komori 28 ̋ x 40 ̋ UV 8-Color Perfector w/Double In-Line Coating Units. It prints 14,000 sheets an hour. See our full equipment list here.
Though they don’t print as quickly as web presses, sheet-fed machines take less time to set up, fewer people to operate, and won’t bring your print job to a grinding halt if an issue were to occur during the process. If you’re counting on fast turnaround and high quality, a sheet-fed printer is likely your best option.
Did you know we are the largest privately-owned, full-service sheet-fed commercial printing company in Nevada? If you have questions, we have the answers!
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