Printing Pricing

Western Michigan University reserves the right to change rates without notice.

The following rates do not represent the full cost of a trial or test. Trial plans are unique and test protocols vary and their differences do affect the pricing. The following rates do not include shipping or material costs which also affects the price. To schedule a print trial or to request a detailed trial or testing quotation, please contact Lon Pschigoda at +1 (269) 276-3533 or by email.

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Pilot Plant printing press and testing rates (in US dollars) include operator. One full day of press time is an 8-hour day: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, except holidays. Full day press use includes lunch. Start-up and shutdown time is included in this 8-hour period. Minimum press time is a half day, which is from 8 a.m. to 12:01 p.m. EST. Additional charges for non standard ink changes and custom plates.

23” Cerutti 4-Station Gravure Press

Full eight hour day: $5,500
Half day (8 a.m. to 12:01 p.m. EST.)*: $3,500
Toll Coating: Contact the Director

*Runtime after 12:01 p.m. will result in a full day charge.


The Pilot Plants of WMU are home to a very large inventory of testing equipment for evaluating paper, coating, ink, and print quality. This equipment and operators are available for contract testing and reporting. Hourly rates vary between $125 and $200 / hr and depend upon the test and number of operators required.

All materials and supplies ordered or from WMU stock and used during a press run are invoiced at cost plus a 20% handling fee. This includes plates, cylinders, inks, solvents, alterations or additions, cleaning supplies, waste disposal, shipping costs, etc.

The University will send an invoice upon completion of the work. Pay within 30 days to avoid 1.5% monthly finance charge.

Cancellation Policy — To avoid monetary penalty, cancel pilot runs at least 21 days before the first booked run date. Cancelling within 20 days before the first booked run date will incur the following cancellation fees: 20% of total booked value if canceled 15—20 days before, 40% if canceled 8—14 days before, and 80% if canceled 0—7 days before.