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Offset Lithography


Offset Lithography

Offset Lithography

Top Quality at Affordable Prices

We strive to provide our clients with top-quality printing and mailing services at the best prices in the industry. All our presses conform to international standards for offset lithography and offer clients options for print jobs running from slick, 4-color magazines to one-color newsletters in smaller runs.

Our knowledgeable staff will work with you to determine the most cost-effective approach to print the quality product you want.

Green Papers
Our customer service staff is happy to help you navigate the confusing world of paper stock and work with you to identify the paper that will produce the best results for your project.

Our house paper is American® flo gloss and dull coated papers. American® papers are FSC-Certified, acid-free and Elemental Chlorine-free, and contain 50% recycled content including 15% post-consumer waste. Available in Superb Gloss and Luxurious Silk finishes, American® papers excel in readability performance for fine text. The blue-white shade and 90 Tappi brightness reproduces images in crisp detail. The even surface provides exceptional ink holdout and superior smoothness.

We can also offer clients a variety of Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Rainforest Alliance, and Green-E certified products from paper manufacturers including Domtar, Finch, Fox River, Mohawk, Monadnock, Neenah, and Smart Papers.



Chemical-Free Processing
Printing Services was among the first printers in the state of Maine to adopt an entirely chemical-free, Computer-to-Plate (CTP) platemaking process. We also use 100% vegetable-based inks on all our presses.

Computer-to-Plate Processing
The CTP process uses anodized aluminum plates with carbon coating, processed using a Dimension 800 Plate Burner. Electronic files for press are sent to the Dimension 800, which uses 16 lasers to burn away the carbon coating and create a durable, positive plate. The plate making process is completed with a water wash to scrub loose carbon residue from the finished plate. Plates created through this process incur fewer defects, including damage from dust, scratches, and other artifacts.

Vegetable-Based Inks
Printing Services uses 100% vegetable-based inks in our printing. Vegetable-based inks use vegetable oil rather than petroleum solvents as a vehicle for carrying pigments. Vegetable inks present environmental advantages over petrolium-based inks primarily in that they release far fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and are derived from renewable resources. Vegetable-based inks are also biodegradable and are easier to de-ink during the recycling process.

Printing Services can also rent press time to other printers in the region. Please contact Dan Curtis, Associate Director of Printing and Mailing Services, 581-3772, for more information and scheduling.

14″ x 20″ (36 x 52 cm) Heidelberg GTO 2-color Offset
28″ x 40″ (71 x 102 cm) Heidelberg 1-color Offset
20″ x 28″ (52 x 72 cm) Heidelberg 4-color CMYK Offset
20″ x 28″ (52 x 72 cm) Man Roland 1-color Offset

13″ x 17″ (34 x 45 cm) Ryobi 3200 MCD 1-color Offset for envelopes and business cards

Halm Super Jet envelope press for 1 or 2-sided; 1 or 2-color output.

Submitting Offset Press Orders
In order to serve you better, we ask customers to please:
1. Complete and submit an Order Form, available online or as a downloadable PDF.
2. Submit a firm, dated deadline (not “ASAP”) with your order.
3. Submit your document both as the “native” design file, and as a Press Quality PDF file, online, by e-mail, or on disk.
4. When possible, submit a hardcopy mock up of your job.
5. Be available to review page proofs and blue lines.

Please visit our Pricing page for current pricing information.



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