My husband literally grew up in a print shop, and he's been a printer all of his adult life. He works in a "commercial" print shop, meaning they mostly print business materials -- business cards, letterheads, envelopes, flyers, that kind of thing. They do most of their work on one- and two-color presses or digital copiers. For years Lyle has wanted the opportunity to learn to run a full-color press, and finally his dream is coming true!
After months and weeks of preparation (remember installing the beam?) to make room for such a major piece of equipment, the semi-truck backed up to the print shop last week.
Yes. The press is that big.
See all the pieces? That's all one printing press!
Off the truck it was spread all over the driveway.
The moving crew maneuvered it into the building one section at a time.
It took them 2 days to get it put into place and connected together.
I'm glad they knew what they were doing!
Then another whole day to get all the wires and tubes and gears connected and greased.
Here's what it looks like now that's up and running with the covers on.
Can you count the 5 sections? One for each color of ink... cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and a 5th color. (I'm still a little confused on what the 5th color is for. I get the 3 primary colors and black... but the 5th color? I dunno. *shrug*)
Here was their first test run! It prints beautifully on 18x25" paper.
I'm impressed! Are you?