Different printing methods; image carriers; impression and ink transfer methods; proofing methods; suitability of jobs for various printing process.
Materials used for graphic reproduction; image carriers; printing substrates; inks and coatings; binding materials.
Flexo, Gravure and Screen Printing.
Flexographic principles and plate surface preparation; flexographic press work; study and preparation of gravure image carrier – Doctor Blade and its care; inks for gravure process; materials used in gravure process; slitting and rewinding machine – equipment used for quality control – defects and remedies; screen printing.
Printing Finishing Processing
Introduction to binding and finishing; materials used in binding; methods of binding and modern commercial binding; forwarding operations; automation in binding.
Types of originals – process room equipment; line and halftone photography; digital image processing; computer to fill; image editing softwares.
Design & Advertising in Print Media
Introduction to typographic design and advertising; role of typography in design; designing aspects of book, magazine and news paper; design of miscellaneous printed products; operations and functions of an advertising agency. Sheet fed offset Machines
Offset lithographic presses; printing unit; inking and dampening; sheet handling, controlling and transferring; make ready and machine run; computer print control (CPC).
Basic anatomy of a computer; paging softwares; vector graphic editing software; scalar image editing software; desktop publishing software.
Paper and Ink
Paper manufacture and chemistry of pulp; paper and board classification; properties of paper and conditioning in press room; printing ink gradients, manufacture and its properties; problems with paper and ink on press and their remedies.
Colour Separation and Management
Colour management; colour reproduction; colour separation; developments in electronic scanning; colour proofing.
Plate Making Methods
Job planning and film assembly; imposition considerations; lithographic plate surface chemistry; computer to technologies and computer to film; computer to press technologies; computer to plate.
Printing Machine Maintenance
Maintenance management; types of maintenance and maintenance of spare parts; machinery erection and testing; machine replacement, lubrication and lubricants; machine elements and electrical controls.
Art work and film preparation; film image setters; computer to plate systems; non impact printing and digital offset presses; electronic proofing.
Web offset Printing
Introduction to web offset printing press; make ready and feeding unit; printing unit; delivery unit; digital offset printing.
Printer’s Accounting and Estimating
Purpose and systems of book keeping; definition of estimating and qualifications of an estimator; estimating forms; meaning and methods of costing; costing of machine; material and direct labour.
Concept of packaging and packaging for various purposes; ancillary materials and metal based materials used in packing; types of labels and their design; types of packaging systems and its advantages; bar coding.