Category Archives: Graphic Production Process Control

Some photos of the Equipment and Processes I have used.

Four-Color Booklet

Still working on this one……

This booklet was created as a group project by myself and three other students in DIGM 4373: Graphic Production Process Control III the University of Houston.

The booklet contains bleeds which extends the color off the edge of the page and is trimmed off. The design was created in Adobe InDesign.

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An imposition was created using Kodak Preps. The  polyester press plates were created on the Mitsubishi SDP Eco 1630 Digital Image Setter.

Ryobi 3302HA

Ryobi 3302HA

The Image Transfer Lab runs a Ryobi 3302 HA 2 color offset lithographic printing press. To create a full color document, it requires two runs through the press. Cyan and black were printed on the first run. At the next run date, careful alignment and registration was made to ensure that yellow and magenta fit into it’s place and that the other color densities were met.

The signature sheets were printed with the final output pages in the proper position so that when folded the pages are in order. Two right angle folds were efficiently done with the Mathias Baurle folder; which is a buckle folder. The booklet is then saddle stitched using the Bindery-Mate stitcher. This makes the document lie flat and it opens completely. The booklet was trimmed into fished output using the Challenge 265 paper-cutter.

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Kingwood College Project

The Kingwood college has a program that teaches graphic art. We allow them to come see the press in operation. Creating an invitation to each student was done by variable data. I have enclosed, the static portion, the variable data the, and printer characteristics and final output.

Designed by Kingwood College students, who were invited to come and observe while we printed their projects. The week before we printed black and cyan then came magenta and yellow on second run. . The project is all 4 up and were cut to size. Cut to size for to finishing Their project was a success.
Setup the printing unit by turning the dampening system on, lowering the squeeze roller and setting dampening volume to about 2 on the press. I turned each printing unit.
Prepared ink system by opening all the printing keys and set them to 11. My press crew and I examined trial sheet impressions until we had proper density and positioning.

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Solid Ink Density
K    1.19
C    1.17
M    .93
Y    .89

%    TVI  (Dot Gain) %
K    25    21
50    16
C    25    23
50    34
M    25    14
50    25
Y    25    26
50    26


Blue    C    1.06    84%

M    .83

Green    C    1.00    96%

Y    .89

Red    M    .83    84%

Y    .81


SheetSim – Shots

In the School of Technology at the University of Houston, the Digital Media program uses a software program called SHOTS. It is a simulated offset printing press. As part of the Graphics Production Process Control course, we were required to complete a certain number of exercises. For me, it gave me the confidence of understanding the different processes going on at the same time. I am glad I mistakes in SHOTS than on the Ryobi 3302HA. Below is from the
manufacture’s website:

Just ask any pressman: it takes years of hard work and traditional on-press training to transform a new employee into a professional press operator. Trial and error is an excellent way to gain knowledge and experience. That’s why SheetSim-SHOTS (Sheetfed Offset Training Simulator) was created.

SheetSim-SHOTS is a complete interactive computer training system. From prepress to press to delivery, the SheetSim-SHOTS simulator offers your press personnel the closest thing to a real pressroom using state-of-the-art computer technology. In this business time is money. SheetSim-SHOTS helps you learn to run your press efficiently and effectively, without using press time or materials.