Arvest Press Inc.

252R Calvary Street
Waltham, MA 0245

Fax: 781.894.4434

Open Monday thru Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm


Directions to Arvest

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.
Next Steps: Hold Those Presses!


Inside the Pressroom:


Your job has been plated, so what happens now? In simplest terms, the pressman hangs the plates on the press, inks up the rollers and starts printing. How the image on the plate is transferred to the final sheet is the offset process.


The printing press consists of a series of rollers, in the case of our equipment there are five stations, and each bay carrys a different ink color. For process, the standard is a CMYK makeup, and with the five color press, adding an accent varnish is a common practice. The plates attach to a roller, and there is always a portion of the plate that is not imagable, what is known as the gripper, where the plate is gripped and held in place. The other roller in the process carries what's known as the blanket, a rubber cylinder.


The printing process is accomplished by a mix of ink and water, and this is where the craft and skill of the pressman comes into play. The areas to be printed pick up ink and repell water, while the opposite happens on the other surface. The pressman has to control the water/ink mix for a clean print. The ink is transferred from the plate to the blanket, where the image would be reversed or "offset", and then back to the paper in the correct format. Like magic!


Two sided jobs sit and dry and then print on the other side. One sided pieces wait for the cutter or bindery. The press is washed up for color changes and then each night before the pressman gets to go home.


Next blog: Ink and paper

Add a Comment

(Enter the numbers shown in the above image)