Covering the Printing Gaumet - Signature, Page, and Board Commercial Offset Presses
Magazines, Newsletters, Books, Booklets and multi-page brochures are best produced on what's called "signature" presses. The largest standard signature press size is the 28" x 40" press and is specifically designed to produce moderate to higher quantity "signatures". These can include 4 page, 8 page, 12 page, 16 page, 24 page, and 32 page signatures. This press line is well suited to produce booklet products with rough finished sizes ranging from 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", 8-1/2" x 11", and up to 12" x 18" finished books and brochures.
A larger page count book (such as a 96 page magazine) would simply have more "signatures" to print, and have additional press runs. In any case, the signatures are then folded in order, collated and bound on booklet making equipment. The large size of the press also lets it fit posters, folding maps, large pocket folders, and many other products. Herrmann Unlimited covers this format space with the unquestioned quality and productivity of the Heidelberg SM102 28" x 40" press line, each fully automatic and equipped with aqueous coating towers.
Alternatively to a signature press is the 23" x 29" page or board press. Herrmann Unlimited covers this format space with the Heidelberg CDLX 74. This press can also print signatures at 4, 8, 12, and 24 pages and is more economical in small to moderate booklet signature runs. This makes short run, high quality books and brochures extremely economical.
Uniquely, the 23" x 29" size and the heavy substrate options this line has, makes the press extremely versitile for many other products. These include many direct mail products on heavy cover weight paper, such as the standard 6 x 11 postcard, or the trifold self mailer brochure. Further, the press line is a fantastic fit for folding cartons, high end book covers, pocket folders, labels, and many other applications. It is truely a versitile machine that meets the quality and economics demanded by our markets.
Finally, Herrmann Unlimited maintains several other smaller format offset press lines. These may specialize in envelopes, stationery, and very short run offset quality products. And if offset might not be the best fit for your needs, see our Digital Printing page, or give us a call and we'll help you decide. 412-243-4100