University of Minnesota

Printing Services


Offset Lithography

Various factors may lead to the decision to utilize offset lithographic printing—run lengths, quality requirements, interaction with digital printing technologies. And when offset printing is the right choice, Printing Services offers a range of lithographic equipment that can meet the needs of any individual project.

Heidelberg Speedmaster, 28” x 40”, 6-color press with aqueous coater and 2-color perfector. Heidelberg has long been the industry standard for quality offset printing. Our Heidelberg Speedmaster press produces stunning quality on a variety of coated and uncoated papers. With six print units and an aqueous coater working in perfect unison, 4-color process printing, spot varnishes, and accurate University spot PMS colors are produced with amazing results. And press sheet sizes up to 28” x 40” provide flexibility for small or large publications in a variety of run lengths.

Komori L-528, 20” x 28”, 5-color press. For medium-run projects that require high-grade printing, our Komori 5-color press produces excellent 4-color process and spot color printing at a reasonable price point.

Heidelberg Quickmaster 46, 13” x 18”, 2-color press and Halm Super Jet, 12” x 18”, 2-color press with perfector. Even with an array of digital printing options available, sometimes your short-run project will still require offset printing (i.e. letterhead to be printed on a laser printer later). When this situation occurs, our Heidelberg Quickmaster and Halm Super Jet presses offer cost-effective options for printing in one or two colors.

AB Dick 9810, single-color press with envelope feeder. Our AB Dick 9810 produces beautifully printed official University and custom designed envelopes.

Experienced Operators

Printing Services’ press operators and electronic prepress personnel share a total of over 180 years serving the University of Minnesota. That shared experience, combined with ongoing technical training, place our offset employees at the forefront of printing technology and expertise. They understand the unique challenges and needs of the University and work diligently to ensure brand consistency in all printed materials.

When Digital is the Right Fit…

In the right situation, offset printing effectively works hand-in-hand with digital printing technologies. When on-demand printing or personalized printing are the right solution to your communications challenge, Printing Services’ consultants will help you develop an efficient and cost-effective process to successfully merge these two powerful printing technologies. Or if digital printing alone is the right fit, Printing Services offers an array of digital printing options at various locations across campus.

Learn more about digital printing

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