The published articles are meant to primarily educate the students in printing to supplement their knowledge in the field of Printing. These are not simple Glossary of printing terms, but to the extent possible every term has been explained in brief so that it can be of some use to the students who appear in some sort of examinations and interviews.
I served the Printing Industry for over 40 years
in various capacities, a major part in an Security Printing Organization. In order not to waste the printing and paper related knowledge which I gained over years, I decided to keep them in public domain for the reason stated in prepara. Most of the illustrations - over 90% - have been generated by me to explain the terms suitably.
While I am not sure to what extent the published content will help, if the content is going to be of use to some one in some manner, I will be greatly satisfied.
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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Alphabet- B/2

14. Basic Weight : Paper is grouped by its basis weight which is not only meant to put them to use for specific print material designed, but also to work out the cost of printing as well. The term paper weight not only restricts itself to printed stock, but also play useful part in determining the cost of the unprinted stock as the customers pay for paper based on its weight. The paper weight also tells us the Grammage of the paper expressed as GSM (Grams per Square Meter) both of which are inter related. GSM indicates the thickness of the paper. FOR MORE DETAILS READ UNDER GSM. 

15. Bar Code Printing: A bar code is an optical machine readable representation of data relating to the object to which it is attached. Originally bar codes represented data by varying the widths and spacing of parallel lines. Each firm can generate their own coded bars. See illustration below for example which shows different line widths and space for some of the numerals. Ex 2, 3, 0 etc . The barcode generator allows you to create a barcode graphic by providing barcode data, encoding type, and output file format. Bar codes are made up of a series of narrow and wide bars that can be scanned using a photo-type of sensor. This sensor reads the barcode, turns it into a signal which is then sent to a computer or network. This scanning method calculates the measurements between each bar and space and translates those measurements into characters. Each pattern of bars in the code is represented by a character. All bar codes commence with a unique start character and concludes with a unique stop character. By having the bar code laid out like that, the scanning equipment can determine which way the code is scanned in, whether forwards or backward. There is also a fail safe entered into the barcode and it is called a checksum character. This character is inserted right before the stop character in the barcode. This checksum is tabulated from the other characters in the barcode and if the scanning equipment does not match the checksum during a scanning session, this is a signal that something is wrong.  

16. Bleeding Ink : Bleeding ink prints in black but when exposed to any aqueous solution it will produce a red stain. Authenticity of a document can easily be tested without the use of any special agents.
17. Bench Marking : Bench Marking means assessing the units efficiency to improve their working with other units whose efficiency in several factors are considered as the best practice followed in the industry.
In this respect the quality ISO certifications acquired by the industries gives them the best industry bench mark and whose practices are naturally compared for bench marking.
The general factors that determine the best working relates to the procedures followed by the most successful industry some of which are :
  • Proper budgeting and accounting procedures to run the unit
  • Planning the schedules much in advance and monitoring the results.
  • Trimming the processes and procedures to be more responsive to customer demand and focus on superior customer service.
  • Year by year reduction in expenditures and increase in efficiency by bringing continuous improvements in the working
  • Modeling and optimization through development, integration and implementation to usage.
  • The cost effectiveness in production by identifying the overlapping and repetitive exercises to cut down the expenditure to reduce the product cost
  • Minimizing the manual work with mechanization and contracting in the areas possible.
  • Integrating multiple locations together via a flexible Web interface for faster exchange of commands thereby reducing cycle times of the decisions from a couple of days to hours.
  • Constant process measurement and report generation by a group to take corrective action on time.
  • Standardizing and simplifying the work procedures
  • Stream lining the Procurement procedures that reduce the cost
  • Standardizing the products purchased.
  • Spare parts management which reduces the cost
  • Stricter Quality control measures that prevents wasteful inputs and rejections thereby reducing the cost
  • Greater operational efficiency like deployment of minimum best workers and getting maximum outputs.
  • Enhancing the efficiency of the workers by motivation and in-house trainings
  • Re modeling the procedures to follow the best procedures noticed wherever it is possible to reduce wastage of time
  • Safety measures including adhesion to the internationally accepted norms in environment safeguards by controlled discharge of wastes and effluents.
18. Banknote paper : Specially prepared 100% cotton rag pulp paper  inbuilt with several  qualities containing anti counterfeit overt and covert (hidden and open) security features. Each paper mill manufacture country specific paper for Bank Note Printing. Bank Notes are also called Currencies or Paper coins. They are hard-wearing, age-resistant, and super calendared. The paper has country specific technical parameters suitable for multicolor printing with a genuine watermark. They are supplied to suit web printing or sheet fed machines. 
19. Bible paper : This variety of thin paper is manufactured with wood-free , low percentage of rag pulp with a low mass per unit area and with a high filler content so that even small prints will appear sharper. Bible paper must exhibit very good mechanical properties and high resistance to aging and are thin. 

............Additions to alphabet B to be continued under B/3  later when compiled

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