Lamination – Service costs $.25 per linear foot. Once the machine is powered on and warmed up, determine the speed setting required for the papers to be laminated. Thicker paper types should be laminated more slowly than thin paper. For standard paper, speed 5 is a good setting. Feed the paper into the machine, leaving enough space between papers (about an inch) to allow the laminates to adhere. Between linear rows, again allow at least an inch of space before feeding the next set of papers through. When completed, cut the laminated papers from the machine with the blade on the back of the machine. Measure the length of laminate used. Generally, if only a few pages need to be processed, the employee will do the task. However, if the amount to be processed is substantial, the employee should show the customer how to do the process.
Spiral Binding – $.25 for binding, optional clear cover additional $.25. Spiral binding consists of two processes, punching holes in the materials and then binding them. For standard 8.5 x 11 inch papers, the machine is generally already configured properly. Depending upon the thickness of the papers to be bound, margin settings may need to be reconfigured, but this is not usually necessary. Gather a fair number of pages (usually no more than about 20-25 at a time) and neatly place them into the hole punch. Depress the punch lever, remove the papers, and repeat the process until ready to bind the papers. If a clear cover is being added to the binding, it must also be punched. Before binding, select a binder of appropriate diameter for the papers. This is the most important step in the process, as having the wrong size would make the binding either non-functional or unattractive. Place the binder with the ‘teeth’ facing outward in the combing mechanism, depress lever to displace the binder teeth, and fit the papers into the binder teeth. Normally, a back cover will be appended to the papers for the customer. Color selections for both the back cover and binder are available.
Color Printing – $.25 for fast draft quality, $.50 for normal quality (8.5 x 11 inch prints), and $1.25 for prints on glossy photo paper. Printing procedures are standard, accessible through program menus from PowerPoint, Word, etc. In most cases, images will be imported into PowerPoint to be printed, as the program allows easy manipulation of image size and placement. To import images into PowerPoint, in the menus select Insert | Picture | From File. Be sure to select the correct printer and settings when prompted in the print process. If using photo paper, be sure to enter the paper type in the Print Properties menu. Black and white text prints are available free of charge with the laser jet printers, provided that the amount to be printed is not too substantial. For larger quantities of laser jet prints, a nominal fee may be applied. Color prints must be done with an ink jet printer, in accordance with the listed prices.
Color Transparencies – $1.50. The procedure is mostly the same as with regular color prints, except that attention must be paid to how the transparency paper is fed into the printer. The ink must be applied to the rough side of the transparency so that it will be able to adhere to the film, so feed the sheet so that the rough side will face up, toward the ink jets. Allow time for the ink to dry, so that the ink does not smudge.
Posters – $6.00, including lamination. Media has a large format printer capable of making posters, banners, and other large prints.