American Printing and Copying Colorado Springs, CO - Excellence and Integrity in printing and graphic design
Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Scheduling Tips

At American Printing & Copying's Colorado Springs print and copy center, your order may be a single step (basic copy machine project) or require several processes in different areas of our production facility (typesetting, printing, cutting, binding). Each step takes time and needs to be fit within the flow of other work in progress at the same time. When you place your order we can give you a specific time-frame for your particular project, but this chart gives you a general idea. As always, we will do our best to meet your needs so if you have a particular deadline please let us know as soon as possible.

Typesetting / Graphic Design

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Five minutes to several hours depending on the complexity of the design

Usually within 3 days

 

Digital Copying (black & white / color)

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Five minutes to several hours depending on the number of pages and weight of paper

Usually within 1 day

 

One to Full Color Offset Printing

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Thirty minutes to a couple of days depending on the number of pages and number of ink colors

Usually 1 week

 

Letter Press (foil stamping, embossing)

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

These require a custom metal die to be created before printing starts. Please allow 1-2 weeks for die creation before printing begins.

Usually within 2 weeks

 

Thermography

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Thirty minutes to several hours depending on the number of pages and number of ink colors

Usually within 1 week

 

Cutting

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Five minutes to a couple of hours depending on the number of sheets, number of cuts, and weight of paper

Usually within 1 day

 

Padding (carbonless forms or notepads)

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Thirty minutes to a couple of hours depending on the number of pages

Usually within 2 days

 

Drilling Holes

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Five minutes to a couple of hours depending on the number of sheets, weight of paper, and number of holes

Usually within 1 day

 

Folding (machine)

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Twenty minutes to several hours depending on the number of pages and fold type

Usually within 1 day

 

Angle Folding (machine)

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Twenty minutes to several hours depending on the number of pages

Usually within 3 days

 

Scoring or Perforating

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Twenty minutes to several hours depending on the number of pages and complexity of layout

Usually within 2 days

 

Consecutive Numbering

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Twenty minutes to several hours depending on the number of pages

Usually within 3 days

 

Comb Binding

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Five minutes to a couple of hours depending on the number and thickness of books

Usually within 1 day

 

Spiral Binding

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Five minutes to a couple of hours depending on the number and thickness of books

Usually within 1 day

 

Perfect Binding (paperback)

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Twenty minutes to a couple of hours depending on the number and thickness of books

Usually within 3 days

 

Saddle Stitching

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

Ten minutes to a couple of hours depending on the number and thickness of books

Usually within 3 days

 

Hand Work

 

Time for process

Time to fit
in workflow

A couple of minutes to several hours depending on the work and number of finished pieces

Usually within 3 days

 

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One more scheduling thought: if we know the details of your project in advance, it is possible for us to schedule time and check stock on supplies needed so that your project will flow through our shop in the most efficient way allowing you a quicker turn-around.