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Where the only thing we don't print, is money
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Who are we?
Printing is a tough game. We know you can often be overwhelmed by the pitfalls & complexity involved.
Our team of print-professionals are here to help you optimize your next print run. To get the most bang for your buck and help you stay ahead of your competition.
Our Services
Design Studio
We have a proven track record in the desktop publishing trade. Our design studio has been a crucial part of FormsXpress since day one. Our designers are capable of helping you project your ideas onto the printed page - their experience helps you avoid many of the common mistakes that occur in the pre-press phase of your job. It may also be useful for you to have our studio handle minor changes to your artwork. Saving you money, and saving your designers from the burdens of change management via a 3rd party. This is especially useful when you need personalisation on corporate stationery such as business cards.
Repro Department
Digital Printing
Digital printing refers to methods of printing from a digital based image directly to a variety of media. It usually refers to professional printing where small run jobs from desktop publishing and other digital sources are printed using large format and/or high volume laser or inkjet printers.

Digital printing has a higher cost per page than more traditional offset printing methods but this price is usually offset by the cost saving in avoiding all the technical steps in between needed to make printing plates. It also allows for on demand printing, short turn around, and even a modification of the image (variable data) with each impression. The savings in labor and ever increasing capability of digital presses means digital printing is reaching a point where it will match or supersede offset printing technology's ability to produce larger print runs at a low price.
Variable data printing
Being able to personalise your message increases both campaign effectiveness and return on investment. Applications include...

• Personalised salutation & address, including postal barcodes.
• Customer number
• Personalized content confirming this customer's specific purchases & services subscriptions.
• Variable signature with this customer's account manager or representatives contact information
• Personalized QR Code that link directly to this customer's personal web page.

We started our Variable-data department nearly 10 years ago and it has since become one of our core capabilities. We service clients both nationally and around the globe. Having the capability to produce and store base stock on-site helps us provide considerable savings and dramatically reduces turnaround time.
Continuous litho printing
Continuous / Web printing refers to the use of rolls (or "webs") of paper supplied to the printing press. Offset web printing is generally used for runs in excess of 5 or 10 thousand impressions. Typical examples of web printing include newspapers, newspaper inserts/ads, magazines, catalogues, and books. Web-fed presses are divided into two general classes: "Cold" or "Non-Heatset," and "Heatset" offset web presses, the difference being how the inks that are used dry. Cold web offset printing dries through absorption into the paper, while heatset utilizes drying lamps or heaters to cure or "set" the inks. Heatset presses can print on both coated (slick) and uncoated papers, while coldset presses are restricted to uncoated paper stock, such as newsprint. Some coldset web presses can be fitted with heat dryers, or ultraviolet lamps (for use with uv-curing inks).
Flatsheet litho printing
Sheet fed presses are used in the printing industry to print jobs that require lower counts. For example, if a printer was printing a job that required 50,000 impressions they would use a sheetfed press. On the other hand, if they were printing a wide distribution magazine, a high speed web would be used. It was said, years ago, that sheetfed printing was used for quality printing and web for volume. Today, that is no longer the case. Web and sheetfed can both give equal print performance. It is more now a matter of your customer base and the length of run.

Many of today's sheetfed presses are configured so that the sheet can be turned and printed on the back side. In the above press, it would be common to have the "turn" cylinder between the 2nd and 3rd print units. This is called a "perfector cylinder." The cylinder can be configured by the pressman so that he can print 12 colours on the top of the sheet and 1 colour on the bottom
Bindery & Finishing
The bindery refers to a workshop where sheets of paper are fastened together to make books, but also where foiling and other decorative elements are added to the exterior of books, where boxes or slipcases for books are made and where the restoration of books is carried out.

The workshop is divided into areas for different tasks such as sewing, rounding and backing the spine, attaching the boards to the book and covering the book with cloth or leather and other materials. This area of the bindery has equipment such as sewing frames, guillotines, board choppers for cutting boards used as covers, laying presses for holding books when being worked on and nipping presses for flattening paper, board, etc.