Overruns - SteveZ DesignZ

Overruns

Overruns a manufacturing and printing term used for extras of in excess of the normal quantity. #overruns

Overruns

Overruns a manufacturing and printing term used for extras of in excess of the normal quantity. #overruns

In printing for example, we can get 21 to 24 business cards to a sheet of paper 12×18 or 13×19 when imposed. Depending on the number of the business card order, depends on how many sheets is printed.

Most often printing companies will print a few extra sheets. Thus goes for most everything printed and not just business cards.

Those bigger sheets help with the click click at of printing. Then those big sheets are cut down. The bigger sheets also help of what needs printed has a bleed or not.

Most common reasons for overruns …

Samples so they can show customers examples.

Cutting set up – this is for a machine like a Duplo cutter so the extras help set up to make its cutting where it should.

Press set up – it is also used to set up the press or digital printers to make sure the color and registration is correct.

The misconceptions about printers is print to size but most often it’s not. For example a letter size document may print on 11×17 and cut in half.

Sometimes the customer also gets those overruns and other times they may get tossed or recycled.


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Steve is graphic designer who works at a print shop. He has been in graphic design since high school and continued on to get an Associates of Applied Science degree in graphic design too. He has since worked mostly in advertising design for various newspapers and shoppers. He has also worked for a couple sign companies. He currently works at a print shop. Steve has over 30 lifetime years of graphic design.

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