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Polygraph Presses

14th July 2013

The Autophoenix Model ZB two-rev and the Victoria BR II SW were marketed by Polygraph-Export in 1956

The Autophoenix Model ZB two-rev and the Victoria BR II SW were marketed by Polygraph-Export in 1956. The Autophoenix could handle a sheet size of 37 x 51 “ and produce 2,7000 iph. Noise and vibration had been eliminated, and the reciprocating machinery was silent at the reversal of the bed. The operator could control the machine without moving and the sheet could continually be seen from feed-table to delivery. To eliminate gear streaks, the inking motion was in two sections: one for thorough distribution, the other for uniform transfer of the ink to the forme. Each of the 3 rollers had its own distributor, and the forme completely cleared the rollers at the end of the stroke. Setting the rollers was easy, they were quickly removed and the distributor was automatically disengaged. The ink-duct dropped away and automatic wash-up was provided. The Victoria BR II SW was a sheet-fed letterpress rotary perfector capable of handling sheets 36 x 50 inches at a speed of 6,000 iph. It came with a makeready machine on which a second set of cylinders could be prepared while the first job was being run. On this machine plates could be clamped, made ready, underlays cut, and proof sheets pulled. The cylinders could be changed in 15 minutes., saving 80% of the time during which a machine stands idle.