Wednesday, April 22, 2009

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know

Last week I told you about the "new" 5-color printing press they got at the print shop where my husband works. I was confused about the 5 colors. I knew there was cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and a 5th color, but since the primaries and black were covered, I couldn't understand why a 5th color was needed. In an extremely rare break with his customary practice, Lyle actually came out of "lurkdom" to explain:

OK, don't everyone faint...It's actually me leaving a comment on a blog!

Just so everyone understands better, the 5th color is so you can print more a more brilliant color in the same pass through the press than is possible with the 4 primaries, like a fluorescent or metallic ink. Laura [our daughter] thought it was for the gloss coat, but that is actually yet another unit between the 5th color and the delivery unit.

Also, Denise wanted to know if it was very loud when printing. At that time I hadn't heard it but I had been told it was relatively quiet for the size of the machine. Lyle addressed that question also:

Yes, it is actually as quiet as our smaller presses, it is really quiet (<----intentional, isn't that cute?) amazing.

Later he turned it on for me. He was right! It is amazing.

He also mentioned that I didn't show you the control panel for the press. It's against the wall to the left in this picture:
It reminds me of a sound board. Each of the little levers controls ink flow somewhere on the press.
I'm just glad I don't have to learn to run it!


Dori said...

So very cool!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Wow! Technology never ceases to amaze me!

Margaret Cloud said...

Sure is a big printing press and you know those big machines are easy to operate, they just look threatening.Have a Happy Earth Day.

Aliene said...

Tessa is Ricky's grandaughter,Christophers baby

Haylee is Rhonda's grandaughter
She belongs to Jessie. They live in Dallas.

Leslie, Rhondas daughter has two.
I will send them to when I find them.
Nice big printing press. Did you have a whole room for it?

e-Mom said...

Awesome! I have always loved the idea of repeat images made by the printing proces... linocut, intaglio, potatoes and on. This is the "grandaddy" of them all. Your husband is a lucky man to work with this machine. :~D

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Karla,
It's so nice to meet you!

Thank you very much for visiting my blog and becoming a follower.
I really appreciate it.

Yours is wonderful and I'll be back to visit you again soon.

Have a blessed week.
~Melissa :)

Making Memories 1999 said...

Wow! I agree...glad I don't have to learn how to run it! ;D Thanks for sharing pictures.

TattingChic said...

That is fascinating! Thanks for sharing that.