Heidelberg Cylinder Presses

The fun­da­mental advant­age of a cyl­in­der press is that the impres­sion of paper on type only has to be delivered in a small strip — the point where the cyl­in­der touches paper and type.  Other presses have to get an impres­sion across the whole area of the type at once.  This means cyl­in­der presses can use a greater force with greater pre­ci­sion that their platen equivalent.

Heidel­berg cyl­in­der presses are claimed by many to be the peak of pre­ci­sion let­ter­press work at volume.  Their 1958 offer­ings are detailed below in spe­cific­a­tion and pic­tures from brochures.

Heidel­berg Cyl­in­der Specifications

  Ori­ginal Heidel­berg Cyl­in­der 15? x 20½” Ori­ginal Heidel­berg Cyl­in­der 21? x 28?
Largest Paper Size 15? x 20.5? 21.25? x 28.375?
Smal­lest Paper Size 4.125? x 5.875? 4.5? x 6.375?
Inside Chase 14.25? x 18.75? 20.25? x 26.375?
Max­imum Run­ning Speed 5,000 iph 4,000 iph
Floor Space Required 8’4.5? x 4’7.125? 11’2.25? x 6’3?
Power Required 5.5 hp 7 hp
Net weight 7,950 lbs (gross) 13,650 lbs (gross)

Ori­ginal Heidel­berg Cyl­in­der 15? x 20½”

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Ori­ginal Heidel­berg Cyl­in­der 21? x 28?

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