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Jan 1, 2002 12:00 AM

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The number of companies charging for preflighting is increasing, according to a study by the Electronic Prepress Section (EPS), a special section of GATF/PIA whose members are printers with prepress operations, prepress companies and service bureaus. “Chargeable vs. Nonchargeable Downtime in Electronic Prepress, 2001 Edition,” which follows up on a 2000 study on preflighting policies, found that 36.1 percent of respondents charged separately for preflighting, compared to 27.8 percent in the previous survey.

In addition to questions on client training, system maintenance at the client site, archiving and retrieving of archived materials, and fixing “easy” preflighting problems, the study asked about digital proofing and CTP pricing and efficiencies. The results are tallied from 98 useable surveys returned from EPS members, a 28 percent response rate. The majority of respondents were employed by general commercial printers (73 percent), while another 14 percent were employed by a prepress company or service bureau. More than 50 percent of respondents worked at companies with 21 to 100 employees.

The study is available for $50 ($25 for GATF/PIA members), not including shipping. To order, call GATF at (800) 662-3916 or visit (For an overview of preflighting solutions, see “Preflighting takes off,” July 2001, p. 40.)