Arvest Press Inc.

252R Calvary Street
Waltham, MA 0245

Fax: 781.894.4434

Open Monday thru Friday
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Arvest Impressions:

An inside look at the printing process

In Armenian, the word Arvest means "art". At Arvest Press we love what we do, and treat each new printing project with the artistic care of a skilled craftsperson. This passion translates to a high level of customer satisfaction, and top quality products.
Finishing Touches: Score one for the Team!


Scoring: Why do we need it, how is it done.


Scoring is a preliminary step used before the folding process when the ink or toner coverage on a piece is heavy at the fold, or the printed sheet is on thicker paper or needs to fold against the grain. Scoring stretches the paper fibers and actually creates a thin channel where the fold will eventually occur.  By scoring the sheet, the folding is made easier, and cracking or splitting of the spine at the fold is reduced or eliminated.

There are a few different methods of scoring usually determined by the specific paper stock being printed. The simplest and most economical score is called a press score. With this technique, a thin piece of metal with an adhesive is placed on the impression cylinder of the press. As the paper passes through, a channel is created on the piece where the fold will occur. When the printing process is complete, the score is there. A press score is more efficient, but does not always give the best result.

Most automated folders also have a scoring wheel or wheels that attach to the machine and can be used as an inline part of the folding process. This a rotary score. The printed piece is shuttled first through the wheel, which has a raised bump in the center and creates a fold channel similar to a press score by rotating through the printed sheet. When the piece hits the folder, the fold score is already in place, ready to go. This method is best when folding with the grain of the paper, not against it.

Another, more complicated way to create a score is by using a die-cutting press. This is an extra step in the production process, so more costly, but a die score is also the best way to reduce cracking in the fold. The die score is created by placing one or a combination of steel scoring rules into a jig or by imbedding them in a piece of wood. The die is set-up or clamped into a die-cutting press and then the sheets are run through the die. The die score is used on artwork that may have multiple or complicated folds, like a box or a pocket folder. A die-cutting press can also be used when a perforated section accompanies the folds in a printed piece.

At Arvest Press, we have our own die-cutting press and do all of our finishing, scoring and die-cutting in house.

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