Chamblee Graphics Press checks and printing presses

[press sounds] So here we are in what I like to call the
heartbeat of the production area. I am literally standing between two Heidelberg
four color process presses and we’ve got a job I’d like for you to take a look at over here. We’re gonna talk to Jerry, our press operator,
and see what he likes to look for when a job is on press and he’s adjusting for color and
things of that nature. Jerry, tell everybody what you look for – and
just as a frame of reference, this is our press sheet that comes off the press. This is the color proof that
Sherri has output and the client has approved. So tell us, Jerry, what you look for between
these two pieces. You want to try to make it look as close to
the proof as you can and always be a pleasing picture. You want to have nice
flesh tones, you know, and not sacrifice somebody’s face for their shirt or something. And tell the people what this color bar, how
you use the color bar. That’s how we check for even density or whatever
density we find that looks right. Then we can monitor it with a number and then
continue to keep that number, so they’re always the same. Or if somebody else was to run it on a different
press, they would know what number we ran it to. For each color we read each color and it gives
you a value, a digital value. Like yellow is 98 there and we you know if
somebody who’s gonna reproduce this and we’re gonna run it again next month, we would know
that you know we want the yellow in the 90s, the red in the 120s. And the density, like Jerry said, is very
important when it comes for repeat jobs. So there’s a lot of times our clients will
just say “I need 10,000 more of this brochure. Run it like you did last time.” So we have the densitometer to measure the
inks and that way when Jerry runs it again, it’s it’s
consistent from print run to print run. Jerry, tell us tell us a little bit about
how how fast these machines run and the time that it takes to set up a four-color process job. Okay, now with the
the punch we have for the plates we can usually make ready a job in 10 or 15 minutes. As far as fit and register and then color
could be, you know, sometimes you get something that’s really difficult other times you get stuff that’s pretty simple. So you get the color in 100-200 sheets. You know, sometimes it’ll take longer. [ press sounds ]

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