Printers For Book Printing

Written by Christopher Ransom
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If you're technology-minded, or just curious how the nuts and bolts of the printers for book printing actually work their magic, it all starts with digital. Today's competitive book printers use digital book printing, which is composed of three primary types of systems: front-end, imaging, and finishing. Front-end refers to the hardware and software tools necessary prepare documents before printing them. The front-end stage is also where the printer accesses the printer's document management library (where all of his customer's books are stored).

Next the printer has to do something with that stored book. Here we turn to imaging systems, the second phase that is used for the actual book printing. Imaging systems in digital printers use electrophotographic technology, which is similar to how a desktop laser printer works. The electrophotographic imaging works like this: the photoconductive roller or "drum" receives an electric charge from wires next to it, allowing the lasers to create an image on the photoconductive printing surface. The surface of the photoconductor rotates past a developing station where ink or toner is attracted to the image. Fused pressure then bonds the toner to the paper to create the printed page and the surface is cleaned and prepared for a new image, which is usually the next page of your book.

Printers for Book Printing Make Way for the Finishing Process

The finishing process refers to the remaining work to be done after the pages are printed. This includes cutting, folding, assembling, collating, trimming (sizing), and binding the pages to create an actual book. Of course, where cover art and special binding needs are concerned, there's a lot more to book printing technology than what I've outlined above.

Somewhere in all that technology, there is a man or a woman who is an expert at running all of this machinery. Managing book printers for book printing is not the same as making copies, as you can see. While different book printers use different technology, asking your printer about his or her company's technology will let them know you are on the ball and expect the best.

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