Are you not yet familiar with the responsibilities of a commercial printer? Then, you cannot know how extensive the work is at a printing processing plant.
Even just the final stages of commercial printing could still be considered a lengthy process. This is the pre-press stage and this is when the things are prepared so that a design is transferred onto paper or a client requires. Although you may think that these are already the final stages and touches could just be simple, these are important to ensuring the quality of the printed materials that the printer produces. This also spells the fine line in customer satisfaction.
Here are the different aspects to the final stages of printing.
2. Finishing - After the materials are printed, they are passed on to the finishing department. Depending on client specifications, the printed materials will be folded, laminated, bound, and die cut. If not, the very least of the finishing process would be the trimming so that everything is straight and well aligned.
3. Packing and Delivery - When the finishing touches have been carried, the printed materials are then packed for delivery to the client. Alternatively, they are properly packed for shipping, depending on the location of the client. If shipping is required, special packaging is needed so that the materials will not be damaged during shipping. The materials are then properly labeled so that they will not get to the wrong hands. The labels do not only contain the name of the clients but also the printing specs as well.
4. Invoicing - When the materials are delivered, an invoice is attached. It includes not only the printing charges but also the details of the printing job. This will be for the counterchecking of the job by the finance departments of both the client and your printing office. The invoice will also include the payment conditions.
Article By: Kaye Z. Marks