Take advantage of large format printing with custom color banners for
special events. They come in several different materials, including the
highest quality scrim vinyl, and are available complete with grommets for
Departmental jobs with a valid fund code are billed, invoiced, and mailed daily to authorized financial recipients.
Cash jobs must be paid for in-house at the time of pick up. Payment can be made by check or by cash, and a receipt will be issued at that time.
The Copy Center has a digital color copier and an hp Indigo 1000 Digital Press. The Indigo produces
offset quality documents and is ideally suited for short-run color
printing, or print on demand (print only what is needed, when needed).
Please contact us at 382-7000 for the best way to prepare or deliver your
digital file for printing on one of these devices.
The Copy Center's high-speed copiers produce high-quality output (up to 600 x 600
dots per square inch) for black-impression jobs more quickly and cost-effectively
than ever. Our high-volume printers consistently deliver up to 135 pages per
minuteover 8,000 impressions per hour. The copiers enlarge and reduce on paper
from 8 1/2" x 11" up to 11" x 17". While the machines are running, operators
can reload three paper trays with three different paper stocks, including tabbed
divider pages and front and back covers.
Frequently used features include black-and-white photo enhancement to sharpen an
image, crop it, resize it, and halftone screen it; merging stored logos or blocks
of text; electronic "cut-and-paste"; on-line thermal-adhesive binding and
stitching; foolproof imposition of signatures up to 11" x 17", ready to be
stitched, folded, and trimmed; and protection of fragile originals.
Our built-in scanners capture text, line art, halftones, and continuous tone
photos and convert them to digital masters. These masters can be stored, revised,
and used to produce as many sets of originals as required. Since operators can
scan and print at the same time, the machine can literally keep running all the
Copying vs. Printing
There are no hard-and-fast rules about when it's more cost-effective to copy a
job rather than print it. Price, quality, or speed all enter into the picture.
However, we recommend that customers request a quote when ordering over 10,000
impressions, regardless of the number of original pages.
The number of sides cut (and hence the price) depends on the size of the finished
document and the thickness of the paper. Cutting can be provided for cards,
forms, pads, tickets, etc. Just ask for an estimate.
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Free pick-up and delivery services are available to University and Medical Center
departments by calling us at 382-7021. We also have centralized pick-up bins,
which are checked several times a day. In Duke North, the box can be found just
inside the revolving door at the front entrance. In Duke South, you can find the
box at the Blue Zone Crosswalk at the Information Desk. No calls are necessary to
use these bins. Departments who do call should expect pick up within four hours.
If the call is made late in the day, copy jobs will be picked up the following
See Hole Punching.
Besides high-volume duplicating, the Copy Center offers finishing operations. GBC
(spiral), surebind, and coil binding are available, as well as card laminating,
collating, cutting, folding, hole punching, padding, saddle stitching, and
stapling. It generally takes a minimum of seven working days for specialty
binding itemsa color of spiral bind not kept in stock, for instanceto be
delivered from our vendors before a copy job can be completed. However, an ample
supply of commonly requested materials, such as black surebinds, is kept on hand.
We have machines capable of producing letter folds, label folds, half folds, and
"Z" (or accordion) folds.
We can do manual work such as hand stapling, hand folding, hand collating, or
inserting documents into binders. Note that customers can supply preprinted
covers or other materials and ask us to reproduce and assemble the document.
We can "drill" a document, e.g., for later insertion into a binder. We can punch
up to five holes in one pass; 1/4" is a standard size, though we also have 1/2"
Large Format Color Printing
We now offer large format printing. We can print up to five feet wide and
any length from either hard copy or digital file. In most cases, 24-hour
turnaround is available.
Make readies are intermediate master copies made from the customer's originals
when the originals are not themselves suitable for use in the copy machine. Make
readies might be needed, for instance, if originals are too curled, if they are
taped together, or if there are stray marks on them. There is an inevitable decay
in quality with each generation, so network printing may be preferable to make
readies if your document is generated on a computer.
Even at larger sizes, our mounting service will back you up. We can mount
on foamcore or gatorboard in any length, up to 4 feet wide, or we can laminate to create a high-gloss surface and increase durability.
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We can glue paper, such as carbonless "NCR" or memo pads, at one end. Pads may be
backed with a sheet of chipboard, a heavy gray or brownish material like
Unless a special stock or color is requested, all copies are reproduced on 8
1/2" x 11" standard 20# white copy paper. Prices for copying include white copy paper
only, while specialty papers, transparencies, and binding or other finishing
operations are available for an additional charge. We are happy to order special
papers at market price, but it takes two to ten working days to get them.
Of the more than two dozen colors in stock, most have a recycled content with
20% post-consumer waste. Sheet sizes range from 8 1/2" x 11" to 11" x 17". Paper stock such as Duke
University letterhead can be supplied by customers for copying jobs as well.
Besides the standard white copy paper, we have an assortment of papers, colors,
and weights available, and the department stocks bond, carbonless, cover, index,
offset, and transparencies.
Bond Usually referred to as "20# bond," "24# bond," or "28# bond." 20# bond paper
is lightweight, and is most often used for letters and business forms. It has a
surface which accepts ink readily from a pen or typewriter and can be easily
erased. For two-sided or color copying, we recommend the heavier bonds.
Carbonless A form of paper where the top sheet has a coated back, the bottom
sheet has a coated front, and intermediate sheets have coated fronts and backs.
The pressure of writing or typing releases a colorless dye, and the image is
transferred onto the coated front. We carry 2-part and 3-part carbonless.
Cover Usually referred to as "65# cover" or "80# cover." A heavier weight of
paper used as covers on booklets, catalogs, manuals, etc. Cover papers are
generally more stable and durable.
Index Commonly called "card stock" or "110# index", it is used whenever an
inexpensive stiff paper is required. Many people are surprised to learn that
index is lighter and thinner than 80# cover stock.
Transparency A lightweight, clear film designed to be viewed by light shining
through it or by projection. We can copy transparencies in black or in color.
We can make a "camera-ready" master created through mechanical or electronic
cut-and-paste processes to position photos, art, and text on the same page, or to
run small documents two-up, three-up, etc., saving paper and time.
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Photos, Halftones, and Line Art
We can crop, enlarge, and paste up black-and-white photos, halftones, and line
art, reproducing them at 106 lines per inch. For best results, we recommend
submitting photos separate from pages containing text, and allowing us to place
them or use network printing. One reason: we can move images electronically only
in rectangular blocks and rotate these blocks only in 90-degree intervals, so
that if a customer pastes a photo up crooked, even by one or two degrees, we
cannot compensate or "straighten it out."
Saddlestitching is a form of binding in which a document is folded in half, and
two staples are forced through its backbone or spine. Magazines are often
saddlestitched, for example. At the Copy Center we can saddlestitch up to 20
sheets of 8 1/2" x 11", 8 1/2" x 14" or 11" x 17" paper, with a cover no heavier than
65# cover. Note that saddlestitched jobs are produced as four-page "signatures,"
with two pages on each side of each sheet, page 1 being on the same side of the
same sheet as page 4, and so on; this arrangement can cut copying costs in half.
Happily, our equipment can "impose the signature" automatically, with or without
reduction, so that customers need only submit originals as one-sided 8 1/2" x 11"
sheets with no special consideration to margins or to layout. We routinely work
with the Publications Group and outside vendors on larger saddlestitched
We can convert your paper documents to a digital graphic or text file. This
is very convenient if your office is not equipped with a scanner or the
We have a high-quality, high-speed, walk-up copier.
Employees and studentsnot just departmentsmay use any of our services, although pick up and delivery
cannot be provided for these "cash" jobs. Payment can be made by check or by
Spiral (comb) is a form of binding with plastic spirals inserted through holes
punched along the binding edge. We stock black spiral binds for documents up to
2" thick; other colors can be ordered in quantities of 100. A spiral-bound
document differs from a book in that it can be folded back at any page so that it
lays flat. We will contract with an outside vendor if you prefer Wire-O binding
instead of spiral or surebind.
Machine stapling can be performed on a maximum of about 70 sheets of 20# bond
paper, either in portrait mode, landscape mode, or with two staples along the
left 11" side. We can hand staple documents up to about 2" thick.
Surebinding uses 1/4" wide plastic strips placed on both sides of a document.
We stock black surebinds for documents up to 2" thick. A surebound document opens
much like a book.
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We stock white tab dividers, which come in sets of five. The document and tabs
are copied and collated simultaneously, and there are no restrictions on the
quantity of tabs that can be inserted. The finished document can be thermal
(tape) bound on-line with covers; or spiral bound, surebound, or hole punched
off-line. Tabs also can be copied separately. There are template requirements for
tab dividers, or customers may choose to have them professionally typeset, which
we can arrange.
Most copy jobs up to 5,000 impressions can be processed and delivered within 24
hours, though larger ones may require extra time, particularly if they include a
labor-intensive component such as spiral binding. Regardless of the timeframe, we
are flexible in handling emergency orders for copying, pick up, or delivery. If
an especially large or complex job is anticipated, please call for a
Variable Data Printing
We now offer variable data printing. Variable data printing (or
personalized printing) produces a document that is customized for each
recipient. You can use variable data printing with many different types of
printed pieces, such as direct mail or mail-merge letters, newsletters,
promotions, invitations, and flyers. Please call use to see how you can
benefit from this great service.
Work Order Forms
Work order forms are free to customers, and we request that they accompany each
copy job. We also accept the Duke University Interdepartmental Request and
Invoice (IRI) form.
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