From left to right are Dan Schumann who serves as President, Jack Schumann the founder and Mark Schumann, Vice President of the company.

History

Schumann Printers, Inc. is a family-owned heat-set web printer producing short, medium, and long run publications and catalogues for over fifty years. From file transfer to finishing, our commitment to advanced technology has streamlined the production process while keeping costs competitive, affording easier customer input. Our equipment list includes the finest print technologies such as Goss, Kodak, and Mueller.

In 1963, Jack Schumann, founder of Schumann Printers, Inc., acted on his passion for print and began sheetfed printing in the basement of his small, family duplex in Fall River, WI. Over the next fifty years, Schumann Printers Inc. would grow into a family-owned business with cutting-edge printing technology, over one hundred and seventy employees, and significantly more space to house such exponential expansion.

Dan and Mark Schumann, sons of Jack, currently serve as the President and Vice President of the company. Dan and Mark continue the company’s commitment to innovation by producing the highest quality product to surpass expectations on all fronts. Still located in Fall River, WI, Schumann Printers, Inc. provides every customer with the capabilities of a large printer, but maintains their tradition of giving individual attention to ensure satisfaction. With consistent sales growth, Schumann Printers, Inc. continues to prosper and welcomes the opportunity to provide their superior services.






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Schumann Printers, Inc.

701 S Main Street
Fall River, WI 53932
+1 920-484-3348



Jack Schumann, founder of Schumann Printers, began sheetfed printing in the basement of his family duplex in Fall River, WI.
Schumann Printers was incorporated in the state of Wisconsin, and became known as Schumann Printers, Inc.
Schumann Printers, Inc. built their first 5,000 sq. ft. building at their present location- 701 S Main St. SPI was employing about 15 full-time and 20 part-time employees in the next couple of years. Sons of Jack, Dan (pictured right) and Mark (pictured left), hang the letters on the newly built building. They presently serve as President and Vice President of the company.
Putting an end to its sheetfed printing, Schumann Printers, Inc. shifted their focus to heat-set web printing specializing in publications.
Expanded another 37,500 sq. ft. to allow for 4 additional presses and some bindery space.
Schumann’s built a 40,000 sq. ft. storage warehouse on their property (Swarthout Road) to accommodate all the paper needed for increased runs. The employee workforce grew to 170.
On Swarthout Road, a 60,000 sq. ft. addition was built to house all finishing and distribution equipment. Today, it is known as the Bindery.
Schumann Printers, Inc. purchased the Goss Sunday 3000.
Dan Schumann and Mark Schumann continue the legacy of ongoing innovation and environmental conscientiousness that Jack set out from the company’s origins.

FAQ

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PREPRESS

PrePress

A: Yes, we have settings for InDesign and Quark on our website located here.

A: Yes. Here are some of the Common Problems to Avoid:


  • 1. Incorrect page size. The document size should match the trim size of the job.

  • 2. Type near trim. Type that is placed near the trim could be trimmed off due to mechanical variance. Be sure that type or any other object not meant to bleed is at least 3/16" away from trim.

  • 3. Insufficient bleed. To ensure that an object prints to the end of the page, extend anything that should bleed 1/8" further than the trim on the top, bottom and face of the page.

  • 4. Poor RGB to CMYK conversion. In some cases, RGB images are converted to CMYK when a PDF is made. The results can range from good to very poor. It's a good idea to convert images to CMYK in Photoshop to avoid any poor conversions.

  • 5. Low resolution or low quality images. Because images come from many different types of media, the resolution and quality can vary. It's a good idea to open the PDF's you create and check the quality of the images. If an image looks poor in the PDF, it will also look poor when printed.

  • 6. High ink density. SPI recommends no more than 300% total ink density. Cyan + Magenta + Yellow + Black = ink density.

  • 7. Faded or washed out black. A "rich black" should be used whenever large text, graphics, boxes or backgrounds are to print as black. Use the values of 40% cyan, 30% magenta, 30% yellow and 100% black, to create a rich looking black.

  • 8. Spot colors. Unless printing a 5th channel, spot colors will be converted to CMYK when processed. This means that the color will change and the printed piece will not match the PDF that was created. The color difference should be minimal, but there will be a difference. To avoid this, only use "process" colors.

  • 9. Fonts not embedded. Even though fonts may appear correctly in a PDF, if they are not embedded, they can not be processed.

  • 10. Thin frames, rules, and borders using frames. Using rules and borders that are too thin may have undesirable results, like broken up lines or barely visible lines. It is best to use a thickness of at least .25 pt for a fine rule. If you are using a colored frame, rule, or border it is recommended to have a minimum 1 pt size. We also have a Prepress Guide pdf that covers some of the more detailed aspects of page design and pdf creation. This is also on our website located here.
  • A: Please call your CSR and they will help you get in touch with the Prepress Department to help you figure out the root of the problem.

    A: Yes we do. Our most commonly requested hard proofs are the X and the E-Matchprint. Our E-matchprint is a G7 certified color accurate proof. It’s the highest quality proof we offer. Our X-matchprint is a medium quality proof that is accurate for content, but is not G7 certified.

    A: Start with the calibration of your monitor. We can help with that if needed. Then make sure you’re using the correct color settings in your applications. We'll handle the rest. We use the latest in color management tools and processes to ensure that we hit the color target you were aiming for.

    PAPER

    Paper

    A: Freesheet paper is free of all groundwood pulp. It is manufactured with a chemical process that leaves it almost virtually free of impurities, such as resins, lignin and groundwood fibers. It has a higher brightness(whiter). It has a better, smoother printing surface and thus prints cleaner and better than groundwood papers. It has a much longer shelf life than groundwood paper do. Magazines commonly use 50#, 60#, 70lb text weights options on the interior and 80# or 100# text weight on cover options. Freesheet paper is more costly than Groundwood paper.

    Groundwood paper as the name implies, has groundwood fiber in it. It is made of pulp created by mechanical grinding, which results in more impurities and coarser fibers. The impurities severely reduce the longevity of the paper. Groundwood paper is used on jobs where low cost is an absolute imperative. Groundwood paper has a lower brightness quality than freesheet. Also, Groundwood paper is not as smooth as freesheet, has a higher bulk, and although offers good printability, not as good as Freesheet paper does. Magazines commonly use 36#, 40#, 45#, 50#, and 60lb options on the interior. Groundwood paper is less expensive than Freesheet grades.

    A: FSC®, the FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL®’S certification system and SFI, the SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE by the American Forest and Paper Association are systems which were developed by management groups representing the environment and forests.

    The main goal of both FSC® and SFI, is to assure the public that a landowner is demonstrating a total commitment towards an economically viable and ecological healthy forest.

    Differences:

    FSC® requires a third party audit. SFI does not.

    FSC® measurements are based on performance. SFI measurements are more general and optional.

    FSC® guidelines are strict when it comes to forest conservation. SFI has standards also, but nowhere as stringent as FSC®.

    FSC® provides a labeling system and Chain of Custody Certification which allows them to be sure that the wood being used is coming from a forest that is well managed. SFI does not provide any certification or labeling system which matches the FSC® system. An annual audit is required for the FSC® system. SFI has no annual audit requirement.

    FSC® requires a mandatory reporting by companies which are certified according to the system as well managed forest operations. SFI does not require any public reporting.

    A: Generally speaking, there are seven different finishes to printing paper.

    • 1). Cast Coated Paper: Provides the highest gloss surface of all the coated papers. Used on Labels, Covers, Cartons, and Cards.
    • 2). Calendered Paper: Paper that has gone through a glazing process to enhance the gloss of the paper. Can be either coated or uncoated paper. Used largely for Color Printing.
    • 3). Machine finished Paper: Paper that is finished on the papermaking machine and is smooth on both sides. Used for booklets and brochures.
    • 4). Lightweight Coated Paper: A thin coated web paper, which can be as light as 32lb. Used for Magazines, brochures, and catalogs.
    • 5). Matt Finished Paper: The relative roughness of the paper surface prevents light from being reflected. Can be both coated and uncoated. Used often in book publishing, high quality print work and issuitable for color printing.
    • 6). Machine Coated: Paper that has coating applied to it, while still on the paper machine. Used in all types of color print.
    • 7). Silk finished Papers: Somewhat similar to Matt Paper, but with a smoother surface finish. Does not have high reflection, but offers high readability and image quality. Used often in Product booklets and brochures.

    A: How bright is bright? How white is white?

    In terms of paper, there are many different levels of brightness and whiteness. Paper brightness affects the images printed on the paper, especially in regards to the vibrancy of colors. The brightness of a piece of paper is typically measured on a scale of 1 to 100 with 100 being the brightest. Most number three coated free sheet web grades today, are in the 86 to 88 brightness range. Most number two coated free sheet web grades today are in the 90 to 94 brightness range.

    The number four and number five groundwood grades are less bright, with ranges of brightness of 81 to 84 on the fours, and ranges of brightness of 70 to 73 on the fives. Individually white paper appears quite white. However, when placed side to side, white paper shows a range of colors from very bright cool white to a softer warmer pale ivory white, to a “dirty” gray white.

    For ordinary usage, the best measure of paper brightness is your eye and of course the image appearance on the sheet of papers itself.

    The brighter and whiter the paper, the brighter and lighter the images. Colors on less bright papers are noticeably darker. For the most part, images on brighter white paper have more vibrant colors. However, some light colors in an image can appear washed out on the whitest papers.

    It is always best to get some printed test sheets on the paper you plan on using, with similar color representation to the job you plan to run before hand, to get an idea on how your job will look on a particular sheet of paper.

    That way, your expectations are set and the printer can meet them.

    A: There are actually three categories from which recycled paper can come from.

    The first is mill broke. That is paper trimmings and other paper scrap coming from the manufacturing of paper at the mill itself. This unused paper can be recycled internally at the mill , and used in the manufacturing of new paper.

    The second category is Pre-consumer waste. Which is paper that left a mill but was discarded before it was used for consumer consumption.

    The third and by far, largest category is Post-consumer waste. This is material discarded after consumer use. Examples being, old corrugated containers, old magazines, newspapers or books. Any paper suitable for recycling is called “scrap paper.” The collecting, reselling and processing of scrap paper has become an industry itself.

    PRESS

    Press

    A: Heatset web printing is a printing process where ink is dried rapidly by forced air heating.

    A: Digital printing refers to methods of printing from a digital-based image directly to a variety of media. Digital sources are printed using large format and or high volume laser or inkjet printers.

    A: This is a process in which a machine reads density and other print attributes while the printing press is running and makes adjustments to the ink density to keep it at a desired level.

    A: UV coating is a coating applied to the printed paper surface and cured on a special machine using ultra violet light. These special UV coatings harden or cure when they receive ultra violet radiation. These are used to provide superior protection to the printed product compared to printing inks alone.

    A: Thermo imaging is using heat to cause the polymer layer of the plate to bond the base material of the plate. Today, this is done mostly with lasers.

    FINISHING

    Finishing

    A: Normally 10 lines, (Or 8 lines and the IMB) is the maximum for an address block. {2” maximum in total height for all ink jets.}

    A: 4” long X 2” tall

    A: Yes, but the USPS must first inspect and approval a sample of the merchandise to be mailed.

    A: For a head trim piece, the tip on must be on the front of the signature, or the low folio side of the signature. For a foot trim piece, the tip on must be on the back of the signature or high folio side of the signature.

    DISTRIBUTION

    Distribution

    A:True inside delivery is when the truck driver unloads the pallet or pallets at your dock.

    A: A lift gate with inside delivery is when you have no dock and the driver will lower the pallet to the ground and pull it into the building.

    A: A lift gate is when the driver will lower the pallet to the ground, and leave it outside.

    A: Hand unloading is when the driver will unload box by box into the building, incurring an hourly charge.

    A: Limited access is when there are no semis, but only straight trucks (small trucks).

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS
    ©2017 COPYRIGHT SCHUMANN PRINTERS, INC.
    ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS
    ©2017 COPYRIGHT SCHUMANN PRINTERS, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED