ABOUT THE COMPANY
1.0) BACKGROUND: Copy Edge was founded by
Mark Gin in 1989. The company has 2 divisions: The Copy divisions
for top quality Xerography and a Printing divisions for High
quality Off-set and Digital Full Color Printing.
2.0) BASIC SERVICES: Copy Edge offers all of
the core printing services (prepress, press and post press).
2.1) 4 COLOR PRINTING - Copy Edge has 8 modern
lithographic (off-set) presses. All 8 presses can handle 2 color
work. But 3 computerized presses (2 Heidelbergs) can print 4+
color jobs at 10,000 sheets per hour (1 up) or 2 presses printing
2 up turn out 40,000 sheets an hour.
2.2) Finishing-Binding - Copy Edge has 14 automated
bindery systems (e.g. spiral, tape, velo, wire stitch, FastBind,
glue back etc.), 2 lamination systems, 2 automatic folders,
2 collator, stitch and fold, 6 cutters, 5 slitters, 2 counters
and numberers plus other systems.
2.3) DESK-TOP PUBLISHING - Print has 18 desk-top
computers (Macs to work stations) set-up to perform word processing,
Desk-Top Publishing, graphics design, editing and graphic correction
functions. When a client’s job arrives on a computer disk these
systems refine it.
2.4) MODERN AND QUALITY EQUIPMENT - Copy Edge
is equipped with 8 modern printing presses (3 are computer controlled
and 2 are 1998 Heidelbergs). Out of 20 computers, 14 were built
or retrofitted in the last 18 months. Even the new paper cutters
3.0) UNIQUE SERVICES: Below are 9 services that
make Copy Edge quite unique (for instance Copy Edge is 1 of
only 18 printers in the Western U.S. with Direct Image Printing
and it is 1 of only 2 printers in California offering Fast Press
Proofs). Other Unique Services could be added to the list.
3.01) Direct Image Printing - With DIP a Client
sends a job to Copy Edge as a computer disk (floppy, CD or Optical)
or down-loads the data by phone line. The data goes to a server
for review and on to the press (the plates are created
in the press for near perfect register).
3.02) EXTENDED 8 COLOR PRINTING - Using Direct Plate
Maker (plates are automatically positioned for precise register)
Copy Edge provides 5, 6, 7, and 8 color printing per side. The
3 Additive Primary Color plus white or any 8 selected Pantone
colors are used.
3.03) HIGH SCREEN COUNT PRINTING - Most printers
use screen counts of 133 for black and white work, 150 for color
and 175 for top quality. Copy Edge uses screen counts of 170
for black and white, 190 for color and 250 for top quality work.
High screen counts create high quality
3.04) ANALOG TO DIGITAL CONVERSION - Copy Edge
can take a Client’s camera-ready copy (text and art work) and
convert it to digital data. Now a job can be run by Direct Plate
Printing with Extended 8 Color Printing, High Screen Count Printing
plus high speed and accuracy.
3.05) THERMO (4) COLOR PRINTING - Thermo Printing
is often called raised printing or engraved printing. Copy Edge
is 1 of only 4 U.S. printers with the specialized machine to
produce 4 color or 8 color Thermographic Printing. The technique
can simulate antique engravings.
3.06) COPY-PROOF PRINTING - Copy Edge has developed
proprietary paper, coatings, under printing, inks and a process
that produces copy-proof printed documents (for security). The
system defeats making illicit copies on black and white copiers,
color copiers and computer scanners.
3.07) FAST JOB PRINTING - For 1 - 4 color printing,
Copy Edge has Batch Delivery (5 to 14 days) or Fast Delivery
which can be “Prompt” (24-28 hours or 2 days) or “Quick” (8-9
hours or 1 day) or “Rush” (2-4 hours or 1/2 day). Fast
Deliveries must be scheduled (computer Disk required).
3.08) FAST PRESS PROOFS - Copy Edge offers Fast
Press Proofs for Clients, ad agencies etc. The program provides
(a) Digital Service (copy is on a disk) in 35 minutes, (b)
Hybrid Service (camera-ready is converted to disk) in 1.5
hours and (c) Analog (camera ready copy) in 3 hours.
3.09) JOB DELIVERY - Copy Edge has 5 scheduled van
deliveries per day (every other hour) in San Francisco. The
vans deliver finished jobs and pick-up new jobs. Outside of
San Francisco but within the core Bay Area, van deliveries need
to be prearranged and scheduled.
3.10) MASTER DISTRIBUTIVE PRINTER - Copy Edge
converts the Client’s camera ready copy to a master computer
disk and prints the sets needed for the West Coast or California
or Northern California. Then computer disks are prepared
for all selected “Global Tech-Printers”.
3.11) COMPLEX PAPER COATINGS - Copy Edge has
developed proprietary printing presses, press attachments
and layering machines for applying undercoats and overcoats
to paper stock. This includes varnish, shellac, lacquer,
plasticizer, laminate, bonder, film, dyes, etc.
3.12) ONE STOP SHOP - Copy Edge takes in multifaceted
jobs and completes the work in-house but, most large printers
must subcontract many segments of complex jobs (with a loss
of quality control). Copy Edge means 1 stop for quality prepress,
finishing and bindery.
4.0) EXPERIENCE: In 12 years Copy Edge has run
just over 91,000 jobs with 53.5% of the jobs coming as subcontract
work for large high volume printers (volume printers have
problems with high quality color work and do not like short
runs (5,000 to 30,000)). Print brokers account for 34.5%
of the jobs. These brokers specialize in markets such as
retailers, media, auto dealers, product catalogs, universities,
nonprofits, banking, hostelry etc. Copy Edge is experienced
in books, booklets, catalogs, pamphlets, dust jackets, product
sheets, announcement sheets, mailers, posters, displays,
CD cards, “J” cassette cards, inserts, fold outs, presentation
folders, cards etc.