New Digital Photography and Color Print Services.
For a couple of years now I had been planning on adding a small digital photography studio set-up to expand my design and desktop services. For some time I had felt that the lack of ability to produce usable...
Notes on Recent Design and Prepress Color Proofing Website Services Updates.
So I have been pretty busy. It is finally that time of year. The weather is amazing and the workload is maintaining a constant push. Some of my recent projects have included a rebuild of...
It’s here! Our new PATMAG base plate for metal backed Poly Plates!
Well, we are getting closer to full production. Today marks another major leap forward with the new addition of the PATMAG base plate for our C&P 10×15 Old Style Press. This will allow us to take full advantage of digital designs and modern design tools.
Hello and welcome to the Tremblay Letterpress Check-In for June 2016. There has been a lot going on around here lately. Summer is upon us here in Florida, the temp is rising and it is getting hot out in the print shop just as we are ready to finally make some impressions!
Tremblay Letterpress has acquired some new prepress equipment!
Recent events have found us with a couple of imagesetters and an incredible opportunity to offer new Prepress Services. Although neither is in 100% working order at the moment we are working towards fixing the problem and will be able to offer film output as a new service. We have the RIP up and running. Both imagesetters are powering up but each one has an Error. The Accuset 1500+ has an Error 32. Looks like we need to to replace the mother board. The other imagesetter, which is currently for sale but will be used up until sold has a cutter problem. The cutter seems to have jumped track after the move. I will be getting in to hopefully reset here in the next couple of weeks.
It’s Official! We have been selected to print Sonnet 69 for the Bodleian Library of Oxford
This year is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. The Bodleian Library, the university library in Oxford, is aiming to collect a set of the 154 sonnets that Shakespeare wrote from letterpress printers around the world. Each printer selected will produce one sonnet in any style or language by letterpress (the method used to print Shakespeare originally). The collection will then reside at the Bodleian Library for ever more. Tremblay Letterpress will be printing Sonnet 69 for this collection.
So as you know I have been working on getting things rolling in the letterpress print shop. I’m going to keep this short, but I have been busy… well… not that busy… I mean busy… but not too busy…
My first set-up
As you may or may not know I have acquired and have again running a Chandler and Price 10×15 Old Style press. It is in excellent shape and running as far as I can tell really well with no known or visible problems. I am now, after 6 months finally ready to ink up.
Success! The press is moving under its own power with the original GE Repulsion Induction Motor Installed!
The GE Repulsion Induction Motor installed onto the Chandler & Price 10 x 15 Old Style Letterpress and the press is moving under its own power once again.
We are officially on our way to making our first impressions!
Yesterday, after what seemed like an eternity, even though in reality it has only been a few weeks, we re-wired and belted up the GE Repulsion Induction Motor to the press and plugged her in. Was a successful test run and I am now super excited to move into the next stages.
So on Friday, I cleaned up the wiring on the GE Repulsion Induction Motor and prepared everything to be mounted. I had finally found some wiring information online regarding this type of motor and after some initial tests with a good friend I was confident about the way I was going to wire it. I went to the store and picked up the last few pieces for the wiring; a junction box etc… I was ready to go. I grabbed the can of WD40 and went around the press one last time flooding all the oil holes and contact points. I then proceeded to have a few beers and relax waiting for the big event come morning.
Saturday morning rolled around, and we proceeded to go about the final wiring of the motor into the junction and switch boxes. We mounted the feed table and positioned and attached the new switch underneath. Next we aligned and tensioned the GE Repulsion Induction Motor and belt to the press and then secured everything down.
Wednesday, December 30th, 2015. Well… Not quite yet!
As I progress in the cleaning and re-oiling of the press, I have also been working a little on the old motor. All the while slowly sorting through and organizing not only my shop but all the acquired bits that were included with the press. Sounds like more work that in has been, I have been moving slowly!
So the Motor. This is an antique (obviously!) GE Repulsion Induction Motor; As best I can tell anyway from the research I have conducted. The top plate has been removed at some point, not sure why but also note that the serial number on the press has been ground down to nothing but a trace, so accuracy is of age is near impossible on both press and motor. I can only approximate age to within a ten-15 year frame. Close but not accurate. This motor is still operational and will continue to be the power source for the press. I believe that it may have been original equipment, if not it is approximately the same age as the press from what I can tell.
If anyone has any information on these motors; please let me know. I am not only curious but also would like to have the other information off the plate of a similar or identical motor for my records.
It took some serious digging but I have the wiring figured out, at least for my configuration and after I clean up the wiring leads themselves I will be locating and installing the motor to the new rails.
Friday, December 18th, 2015. I’m a little behind in my updates so here we go.
The new rails are in place under the press and the press has been located to its final resting spot in the garage. I built a sub floor and placed in front of the press. I wanted a better angle to work from and the sub floor raises me up just enough to comfortable stand at the feed table and work the press.
I have begun the re-oiling process. I have been cleaning out the oil holes and initially squirting in some WD40 to start to get things lubed up. I have not powered the press up yet so I have been slowly rotating the press by hand each time I squirt in the WD40. This has so far made quite a difference. The press is starting to move a lot more freely than it had been, I can spin it up pretty good and it will spin a few times now on its own, it was definitely not doing this prior.
Sunday, November 22nd, 2015. Yesterday despite the weather, we were able to successfully move the Chandler and Price 10×15 press from the church where it was found to its new home. I was extremely stressed over the whole ordeal for fear that something would break but it was a whole lot easier to do than I predicted. Everything went better than expected and the press made it home with no problems.