New Prepress Services to be offered soon
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.
We are currently trying to raise money for a film processor to develop the film with. Unfortunately we have been unable so far to locate one within a reasonable distance from our location so it looks like there will be the expense and headache of shipping the processor home via freight.
If anyone knows of or has a film processor for sale in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, please drop me a line and let me know. Maybe we can work something out!
This was all very unexpected and has definitely thrown off our original timeline of getting the press up and running. We not only have had to divert funds but also time in the pursuit of getting these machines up and running. Not to mention the nationwide search for a film processor of the right condition and size for what we need.
In The Print Shop
Meanwhile, In the print shop we are finally able to send our rollers off to be re-covered! It has taken some time to save the extra money to do this, these days things are pretty darn tight, but we have hit the mark and will be moving forward. The box is built and we will be dropping off at Fed-Ex in the next day or two to be sent off to Ramco Roller Products for recovering.
An update to the Bodlien Project; we are still waiting for our new type. We were three H’s short to compete the last line of the sonnet we we had to order a new set of lowercase type from M&H Type. They should be casting it here soon and then we can get our paper order in and knock this project out.
We have also been working on new coaster designs that we will hopefully be moving into production as soon as we have the rollers and base in-house. Can’t wait to imaging film and making my plates. How cool is this going to be! All under one roof even!
Seems like so many things are in limbo. Can’t seem to finish any one project before starting another and the most frustrating part of it all is that I am surrounded by equipment that is all under repair or in restoration! I just want to get to work. I need these items to start generating some money rather than just emptying my pockets!
We are looking forward to offering new prepress services here in the near future. It has been a journey and a learning experience but we have had a good time and met some great people along the way. We hope to be printing soon. The new Boxcar Base will be ordered shortly after the rollers are sent to Ramco and we will be ready to run full steam ahead when both items have finally arrived home!