The majority of our cards and stationery are produced on our Heidelberg Platens but in some instances we need to go to the older presses to get a job sorted. For those of you who are ‘in the know’ we have been running 3 Heidelberg Platens, 13 x18 and 2 15×10. Much of our day to data work is completed on the smaller of the beautiful presses leaving the larger for cutting and creasing.
We also run a Chandler & Price treadle press on a regular basis as well as a Jardine. We also have 3 smaller Adana desktop presses for producing smaller designs and are wonderful for testing designs and colours and a Farley Flat bed proofing press for those poster size jobs.
As not to leave the 20th century totally behind, or in front of us, we also use a Hot Foil Machine, for putting on metallic finishes, a Marshall DUT to be precise. Because of the call for more hot foil printing we now have a conversion on one of our Heidelberg’s so we can happily foil up to SRA4 for you. Fundamentally the same principles are involved with its operation, as with the smaller presses, so we didn’t feel totally torn with incorporating the shiny bits of our designs with artwork produced on a machine that is over 100 years old.
To bring things up to date and to enhance our letterpress printing we have recently purchased a laser cutter/engraver. This means that we can offer small run cutting where it means the job becomes more cost effective than having a cutting forme made.