Industry Terms (a learning page)

  • Contract Printing: printing done on a per print basis and where the garments are usually supplied by the customer.
  • Copy Change Charge (CPY): fee charged for changing the imprint copy on a product either at time of the original proof approval or upon a re-order.
  • Copyright: laws governing the ownership and use of artwork.
  • Crop marks: printed lines used to garnish printed sheet.
  • Digital Imaging: used to describe the creation, display and printing of images through computers and related digital equipment.
  • Drop Shipment (DSP): an order shipped to more than one location will be charged a fee for each additional destination.
  • End Quantity Pricing (EQP): the price listed in the far right column of a product's catalog listing. This best price, based on large quantities.
  • Font: specific type face.
  • Gang: two or more similar or same jobs are run at the same time.
  • Less Than Minimum (LTM) Charge: fee charged by a supplier for ordering fewer items than the quantity listed in the minimum or first column. This option is not always available on all products.
  • Loupe: a magnifying glass used for the close examination of artwork, a print and/or screen mesh.
  • Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS): Informational sheets supplied by the manufacturer indicating the composition of substance and health and safety data of the product.
  • Next Quantity Pricing (NQP): the price listed to the right column of a product's catalog listing. A better price, based on regular customer ordering.
  • Overruns / Underruns: number of pieces that were printed in excess of the quantity specified, or production run of fewer pieces than the amount specified. The industry standard on most products is +5%, with the exception of paper and plastic bags. They can range from +10 to +25%. Suppliers bill on the actual quantity shipped.
  • Page Layout Documents: the font files and document preferences that need to be supplied for use on the supplier's operating system.
  • Paper Proof: a sample print, also know as a test print, on paper so the correctness and quality of the material to be printed can be checked. Usually sent as a .pdf file.
  • Point: standard unit for measuring font size with 72 points equaling one inch.
  • PostScript: computer description language that allows a programmer to create complex pages using a series of commands.
  • Pre-Production Proof: an actual physical sample of the product itself produced and sent for approval before an order goes into production.
  • Production Time: amount of time needed to produce and ship an order, once an order has been received and approved. Stock products with a one-color imprint usually ship within 10-12 working days. Custom products and those with multi-color imprints require longer production time.
  • Repeat Order Set-up Charge (ROSU): usually, there is no set-up charge on exact reruns of an order, however, every mfgr. is different.
  • Set-up Charge (SU): fee charged to set-up the imprint method for a product. Prices vary per product and per supplier.
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