Web Offset Printing
What is web offset printing?
Web offset is a form of printing in which a continuous roll of paper is fed through the printing press. Pages are separated and cut to size after they have been printed. Web offset printing is used for high-volume publications.
Here are some of the products web offset printing can produce
- Brochures – this would be a large run of over 100,000
- Newspapers – we have produced these for a campaign in Oxfordshire where there were distributed to thousands of homes.
- Magazines. Again these are printed this way when they are large pagination and large run over 100,000
- Leaflets – where they are produced in the hundred thousands and will be used as inserts in magazines or brochures or as a mass direct mail campaign.
There are two methods of web offset printing, known as heatset and coldset (or non-heatset). In the heatset process, the ink is dried rapidly by forced-air heating. In the non-heatset or coldset process, the ink dries more slowly by ordinary evaporation and absorption.
Some web offset presses transfer text and images to only one side of the print medium at a time. Others can print on both sides simultaneously. The paper width is usually between 11 and 56 inches (approximately 28 and 142 centimeters). The paper is fed through the system at speeds ranging from 5 to 50 feet per second (approximately 1.5 to 15 meters per second).
If you have any questions or would like a quote for a project or chat through some of the options then please do contact us and we will be happy to help!