Processes & Plant

Digital Imaging

This is the prime method we use to print either colour of mono. We can work from your supplied filed (Preferably .pdfs ), or scan hard copy of your job to create a digital copy. Many of our machines have only finishing for stapling, folding and tape binding.

Litho Printing

This is the most widely used method of imaging used in the printing industry. The draw back with litho is the requirement to create plates before any printing can be done which makes short runs expensive, but still has cost effective uses.


Inkjet printing lends itself to very high quality large format printing.


The very high resolution SRA3 colour scanners enable us to scan you’re slides or photographs for use in you’re publications.


comprehensive suite of software centred on the dedicated server running Asura software from one version is used to pre test files. Asura analyses .pdfs and post script files ascertaining if the file is suitable for printing by our processes. Among the characteristics it checks for page sizes, fonts and graphics resolution. Using this system often enables expensive mistakes to be avoided when files submitted for printing are unsuitable for any reason.


A range of design and page makes up software is maintained to enable editing and updating of supplied files.


CDL Print offers a huge range of binding options:
Stapling can be as simple as a simple staple in the top left hand corner or two staples into the fold making a folded and stitched book.
Wiro or GBC lay flat binding is achieved by the use of either plastic cones or metal wires. The binding is achieved by punching a series of holes in the binding edge and threading through the plastic or wire. Cones and wires can be obtained in a variety of colours and in the case of plastic can be printed with a title. Acetate sheets can be added to the book for presentation purposes.
Square back: A stapled book with a square spine that can be printed on.
Perfect binding: This is a method of gluing together single sheets with a wrap round cover (similar in appearances to a telephone directory).
Collating and Folding: Much of our work is collated online but we still hand insert tabs and foldouts etc. We have online and stand along folding machines.


Much favoured for the protection and enhancement of covers we have a fully automatic laminating line for Matt or Gloss finishes specially designed to handle digital print.


We have machines to score, number, perforate, shrink wrap and tab cut.