Technology Centre - Post Press

“I am Babar Nafees. I come from Karachi, Pakistan, which is a metropolitan and one of the densely populated cities in the world. I am 25 and this is my second bachelor program, the first one was in Business Studies. What made me come for my second bachelors is the challenge of a completely different environment, ethics, norms and of course to learn the science behind good printing.

Post press is equally as important as pre-press and printing itself. Finishing is done via various technologies. The Post Press Department in our university features state of the art equipment for folding, cutting, binding and adding special effects like embossing or laser cutting parts. 

For example, students complete their printed projects on a recently installed perfect binder from Müller Martini (Vareo), or they may use MBO folding equipment. A new stitching machine Aster Univers, which is dedicated to the binding of digital print products, has recently been installed. Why we need post press and finishing? Because it adds extra value to the final product, which makes it more appealing to the customers. 

Since Germany is in the center of Europe, it’s easy for me to travel and meet new people, which is something I love to do. My favorite part about this program are the excursions which shows us first hand where the printing industry has gone so far. My future goal is to apply my knowledge and experience from this bachelor into my family’s offset printing business. It was founded more than 50 years ago where we print packaging and commercial materials for multinationals like Glaxo Smith Klein, Toyota etc. .”

This arrangement is binding!

Post-Press technologies include anything which is applied after printing, for example binding and finishing. Binding involves folding and fastening of individual sheets together, while finish-ing involves additional decorative actions, such as die-stamping, embossing or laser cutting. Lamination is another possibility. It is available in both gloss and matt finish. The printed sheets are then folded and glued so we get the final look of the printed product.

Although binding is a post-press function, binding considerations need to be dealt with in the pre-press phase of any print job. There are many different ways to bind press sheets, and certain binding allowances need to be made, which vary by binding type. The correct imposition needs to be determined at this time, as well. Imposition issues are usually the purview of the person responsible for the assembly of all the page elements.

Post-press technologies involve a combination of different processes. These include: guillotine and rotary cutting, specialty folding, magazine and pa-perback production, case binding, stationery and loose-leaf binding, saddle stitching, thread binding and thread sealing, embossing and debossing, hot foil stamping, make-up and securing, Laser die cutting and engraving and many more processes.