Written by [google_authorship] on 15th January 2021
Heidelberg Platen Press was first introduced back in 1914 and continued to be
manufactured until 1984. It was a letterpress printing press designed and built
by the Heidelberger Druckmaschinen company in Germany, the same company leading
the world in digital printing innovations today.
Even though new
versions of the original Heidelberg Platen Press are no longer being made, the
machines are still widely used in both commercial and enthusiast letterpress printing.
The old machines are able to be kept running thanks to distributors like YB
Components who supply parts like the pulley for Heidelberg printing machines
amongst many others.
Druckmaschinen have moved with the times and now mostly serve the commercial
printing market with modern offset and digital printing, but their original letterpress
printer is still popular for bespoke printing jobs such as for the likes of wedding
invitations and business cards.
History of the Original Heidelberg Platen Press
While the original
version of the Heidelberg Platen Press was introduced in 1914, it didn’t start mass
commercial manufacture until 1923. After entering the market, the press was
quickly given the nickname of the ‘Windmill’ because of the shape and movement
of the paper feed system it employed. Other
nicknames from those early days included the ‘Super Heidelberg’ and the ‘Super
Speed’ because of its rapid efficiency which was presumably quite impressive
back in the day.
Over the years, Heidelberger
Druckmaschinen have produced a variety of models of the original printing
press, with the design constantly evolving despite little outward change. Most
obvious changes between models involve aesthetic tweaks, such as changes to the
colours of the controls.
How the Original Heidelberg Printing Machine Works
rotate from the paper feed, picking up a sheet of paper and placing it on the
plate where the printing impression is made. The blades then move the sheet to
the paper receiver where the paper is released and the blades continue circling
around to continue the cycle. This twin-blade paper-moving mechanism is usually
where the replacement pulley for Heidelberg printing machine comes in handy.
The printing impression
is made by a bivalve shell mechanism, with
the impression formed on the paper by the upper plate pressing down against the
paper onto another plate that features the raised form of the print. Ink is
then applied to the raised form of the print impression before the paper is
rolled off and cycled away by the rotating blades which also line up the next
piece of paper to be printed.
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the pulley for Heidelberg printing machines, YB Components can ship such parts
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