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The Lilliput

9th October 2012

The Lilliput was a small reel-to-reel flexographic machine manufactured by Windmöller & Hölscher

The Lilliput was a small reel-to-reel flexographic machine manufactured by Windmöller & Hölscher and imported into the UK by A. Wantzen. It has working widths of only 9 or 16.5 inches and printing lengths from 7 to 19.5 inches. It was intended for running-off small quantities of printed matter that would be uneconomical if produced on larger machines. The Lilliput could print on foil, cellulose film, polythene and paper. Up to three colour units could be fitted. These were provided with steel impression cylinders and Anilox ink transfer rollers. Colour register could be obtained both laterally and longitudinally by spirally-cut gears that also ensured a smooth drive. A main control unit allowed all printing cylinders to be lifted out of the impression simultaneously when the machine was stopped, and at the same time a small auxiliary motor kept the inking and transfer rollers rotating at a diminished speed that prevented the formation of sediment. For printing on foil, film or polythene a special drying arrangement was provided that consisted of hot air blowers between the colour ducts and a heating chamber after the last colour. After passing through this chamber, the web was taken round a large diameter chromium-plated cylinder cooled by continuous circulation of cold water. A heating cylinder was also available for preheating or for additional after-colour drying.