Digital vs Litho Print Finishing

There are two types of print finishing: digital and litho. At BBT, we offer a wide range of digital machines to our customers, but offer very little when it comes to litho finishing. So what is the difference? For those who are unsure of the difference between the two types of finishing, put simply, litho uses a wet ink offset using printing plates, whereas digital finishing uses toner on a press.

Litho printing is seen to come with a lot of hassle when readying a job for print. It's done on a four colour process that requires each job to have four plates, each for the individual colours: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Litho is designed more for long run printing jobs. This is because, as you print more of the same thing, the cost goes down. In essence, you only create the plates once and print thousands of times from the same plates. The issue lies before and after printing. It takes a long time to set up these plates and, after printing, the ink requires around five working days to completely dry.

Digital printing also uses a four colour process to reproduce the colours from digital files like a PDF. Digital Printing requires no plates, meaning it wastes a lot less chemicals and paper that would be used preparing plates. It becomes very cost effective for printing as it requires no setup and is also printed as a finished product, so it does not need to dry.

There are two types of print finishing: digital and litho. At BBT, we offer a wide range of digital machines to our customers, but offer very little when it comes to litho finishing. So what is the difference? For those who are unsure of the difference between the two types of finishing, put simply, litho uses a wet ink offset using printing plates, whereas digital finishing uses toner on a press.

There are two types of print finishing: digital and litho. At BBT, we offer a wide range of digital machines to our customers, but offer very little when it comes to litho finishing. So what is the difference? For those who are unsure of the difference between the two types of finishing, put simply, litho uses a wet ink offset using printing plates, whereas digital finishing uses toner on a press.

Litho printing is seen to come with a lot of hassle when readying a job for print. It's done on a four colour process that requires each job to have four plates, each for the individual colours: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Litho is designed more for long run printing jobs. This is because, as you print more of the same thing, the cost goes down. In essence, you only create the plates once and print thousands of times from the same plates. The issue lies before and after printing. It takes a long time to set up these plates and, after printing, the ink requires around five working days to completely dry.

Digital printing also uses a four colour process to reproduce the colours from digital files like a PDF. Digital Printing requires no plates, meaning it wastes a lot less chemicals and paper that would be used preparing plates. It becomes very cost effective for printing as it requires no setup and is also printed as a finished product, so it does not need to dry.

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Cost Effective
Due to the nature of digital printing, it can save a lot of money for printing jobs. It also doesn't waste as many materials to prepare the job for printing.
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Time Saver
When a job is printed digitally, it comes out finished. There is no waiting around for ink to dry. It also doesn't require time for setup as no plates are required.
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Easily Personalise
As no plates are involved, personalisation is much easier with digital print. It's quicker and easier to personalise print with names and addresses.
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Accurate Proof
When you create your design on a computer, what you see is usually what will be printed with digital. Litho costs more for proof as plates must be made.
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Business By Technology and Print Finishing

We feel many of our customers would benefit from a digital print finishing system and have a whole range. We work with some of the biggest brands like Vivid and Duplo to bring our customers the highest of quality print finishing equipment. Using Digital print finishing equipment means you can offer customers a quicker turnaround for ordered printing jobs while increasing your profit margin with a more cost-effective, time saving way to print.

We want what's best for our customers and work with all of them to help them give their customers the highest quality print possible. We pride ourselves in the quality we help our customers provide. Whether you're in the printing business or work in an office, there may be a gap in your printing fleet that needs to be filled by a print finishing machine.

If you want to get any more information about the print finishing we offer, please contact us here or call us and we'll be happy to talk about your requirements.

We feel many of our customers would benefit from a digital print finishing system and have a whole range. We work with some of the biggest brands like Vivid and Duplo to bring our customers the highest of quality print finishing equipment. Using Digital print finishing equipment means you can offer customers a quicker turnaround for ordered printing jobs while increasing your profit margin with a more cost-effective, time saving way to print.

We feel many of our customers would benefit from a digital print finishing system and have a whole range. We work with some of the biggest brands like Vivid and Duplo to bring our customers the highest of quality print finishing equipment. Using Digital print finishing equipment means you can offer customers a quicker turnaround for ordered printing jobs while increasing your profit margin with a more cost-effective, time saving way to print.

We want what's best for our customers and work with all of them to help them give their customers the highest quality print possible. We pride ourselves in the quality we help our customers provide. Whether you're in the printing business or work in an office, there may be a gap in your printing fleet that needs to be filled by a print finishing machine.

If you want to get any more information about the print finishing we offer, please contact us here or call us and we'll be happy to talk about your requirements.

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