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(graphic arts)
The careful leveling of relief printing plates on the bed of the press so that they yield the best possible impression.
Final preparations and adjustments that must be made preliminary to printing, especially those that are required to compensate for irregularities in type or plates.



(in printing), the operation of preparing letterpress equipment for printing. The process involves evening out or redistributing the pressure of the plate on the paper or other material. The necessity of making ready results from the uneven height and area of the printing elements of the plate and also from irregularities in the cylinder or bed of the press. Making ready is done by putting special makeready sheets with relief surfaces on the drawsheet or under the plate; the relief is produced manually or by chemical, mechanical, or thermal methods. In large part the makeready operation determines the quality of impressions.

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As quality and production speeds for inkjet presses come into alignment, it is seen by some as to be an almost perfect printing process, if done correctly, since there is no image carrier, no makeready, instant drying and integrated finishing.
Komori calculated an average of less than five minutes per job, including makeready, pre-ink, run-up to color, achieving register, running, wash-up and on to the next job.
Other standard or optional technologies on the RYOBI 1050 series press include the centralized settings covering makeready, paper changing, cleaning, registration, dampening volume control and more.
Startup time is reduced by 90 percent and makeready times by 40 percent, while press capacity is increased by 25 percent.
In addition to the iGen presses, CCM has five Xerox Nuvera([R]) devices including one Nuvera 144 Production System and four Nuvera 120 Production Systems along with FreeFlow Makeready and Web Services software to produce a variety of on-demand applications.
Woodrow Press announced that it has made an investment in a second five-colour Heidelberg for raising productivity and reduce makeready times, worth SM 74
Following the growing demand of the label and narrow web market for faster change over and shorter makeready time, AVT & Nilpeter have collaborated, once again, to provide an integrated digital remote inking & CIP3 pre-setting solution to the Winter M3300 and M04 presses," says Gal Shamri, VP corporate business development.
Platt points out that the automation of the 52DI press results in substantially reduced makeready waste as compared to conventional offset, which is important to the company's environmental sustainability strategies.
We have a continuing effort to reduce press makeready through the use of improved color measurement equipment that is linked by software to accurate ink dispensing equipment.
The company's most recent additions include the Xerox iGen4[TM] Press, FreeFlow([R]) Print Server, FreeFlow([R]) Process Manager and FreeFlow Makeready software applications.
We've achieved the huge increase in productivity over the previous press thanks to much shorter makeready times and higher production speeds.
In doing so, it can reduce press makeready time and waste," explains Ian Hole, EskoVP market development.