Billings world-class offset and digital printing.
You want your marketing message to put you a step ahead of the competition, right? No matter the task, our print services can make you look good.
Whether you need basic one-color flyers or pamphlets, a banner to hang from the side of a building, or anything in between, our specialists can help define — and then create — the look you want. And with a wide array of special printing effects like personalized communication, specialty inks, papers, finishes and more, your message will soon boast that “Wow” that makes you stand out.
AlphaGraphics offset printing department consists of 4 Heidelberg presses and our direct-to-metal pre-press/platemaking system. All printing plates are imaged using a Heidelberg Prosetter 74 at 200 line screen. Metal plating is far superior to polyester plating systems. AlphaGraphics not only achieves dot to dot registration from this method, but dot patterns for screens remain uniform from 1 to 99%.
Superior second pass register allows routine flood and spot varnishes as well as 5 and 6 color spot work with better results than inline methods. An offline UV coating System is also available for finishing. Perfect for:
Digital Color Printing
AlphaGraphics Billings was the first company to install a Hewlett Packard Indigo print system in either Montana or Wyoming. The output quality is far superior to color laser digital printers. The machine is a liquid ink, fully variable output device which produces offset print quality. Our six color device is capable of printing 4 color CMYK with up to 2 spot colors, 6 color hexichrome, spot color and black only. Full color 12×18 sheet size prints – 72 impressions per minute. Black only 12 x 18 prints 240 impressions per minute. Production speeds are independent of stock thickness.
- Perfect application for demanding short run books, flyers, brochures, business cards, rack cards, and newsletter projects.
- Wide range of media – 40# book to 16 point board stock – coated, uncoated, synthetics, pearls.
- Lut color profiles can be set and locked per client or project to achieve precise color consistency.
Digital Black & White Printing
The Océ VarioPrint 110, a co-development product of Canon and Océ, is our black and white production workhorse. This unit incorporates the Océ VarioPrint toner system capable of producing prints up to 600×1200 dpi (dots per inch). This results in higher quality characters, smoother corners, and cleaner gradient transitions. The Océ can print on a 12 x 18” sheet with excellent results on both coated and uncoated stock.
- Up to 135 impressions per minute
- Wide range of stocks
- Full variable processor at quick speed
- Unique sustainability features – no ozone emissions, selenium, fuser oil or developer, and virtually no toner waste or particle emissions as well as reduced energy consumption, and EPA EnergyStar rated with lowest TEC (Typical Electricity Consumption) value in its class.
Common Printing Terms
Two or more parallel folds that open like an accordian.
Folding a sheet two or more times in the same direction.
Process of securing pages together and/or attaching them to a cover, to form single copies.
Printing that extends beyond the cut line of the finished piece, allows edge to edge color after trimming.
A Characteristic of paper referring to how much light it reflects.
The state of a document when it’s prepared to the exact specifications of the job (size, colors, bleed, resolution).
Coil or Spiral Binding
A method of attaching multiple sheets by inserting a continuous coil of wire into pre-drilled holes on the binding edge.
A method of attaching multiple sheets by inserting a curved plastic comb into pre-drilled holes on the binding edge.
Numbering copies by pressing an image on a sheet which transfers to all parts of the piece.
Using a custom formed metal blade to cut out a shape in a piece of paper.
The process of applying a foil (usually metallic) material to paper using a heated die.
Four Color Process
A document with a color space consisting of combinations of Cyan(C), Magenta(M), Yellow(Y), and Black(K).
The arrangement and orientation of pages to ensure efficient paper use and correct finishing/binding.
Method of printing using a chemically-coated plate whose image areas attract ink.
All processes required to set up a press for a run, including running color test sheets of paper.
In a design document, boundary that extends inward from the cutline – used to keep important elements from getting to close to the finished edge.
Method of lithographic printing that transfers ink from a plate to a blanket, then from the blanket to the paper.
PMS (Pantone) Color
Pantone matching system – an international system used to mix inks to standard colors used by printers.
Folds that are parallel to each other – a common 8.5×11 letter is parallel folded.
A process by which single sheets are stacked, then the binding edge is roughed up and an adhesive is applied. A cover is then wrapped around the pages.
Punching small holes in a sheet of paper to facilitate tearing along a predetermined line.
The process performed by a prepress technician to ready a file for printing. Includes color and font management, imposition, and various other adjustments.
The binding of sheets of paper by folding in half and stapling the seam of the fold.
To mechanically press a small channel into paper along a line to facilitate a fold.
Liquid laminate bonded and cured with ultraviolet light. Can be used for protection on mail pieces or pieces that have a significant amount of ink coverage.
A finishing process where a transparent varnish is applied over the printed sheet to serve as protection, or to produce a custom finish.