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  • Courtney Peters
    9 years, 7 months ago

    Hello!  I have been wondering about proper packing on my SP-20. I have a Galley Bed Plate with 040 cylinder undercut. I have Vandercook Tympan, .003 packing sheets and a Mylar sheet.


    Everything I can find as to how much packing you need does not mention if the thickness of the bed plate is involved or not.


    If I use one piece of Tympan, the mylar and 5 packing sheets. Its not enough to make an impression in 80lb lettra. 


    I’m worried that if I add any more thickness to the packing I may be counterproductive.  and of course I do not have a micrometer (Yet)!


    Any advice would be great.

    kelly mcmahon
    9 years, 7 months ago

    Firstly, your bed plate shouldn’t matter to anything, as long as it’s level and brings your type/plates up to type high.

    Vandercook recommends no more than .03 over the undercut–so you’d want you paper and tympan/packing thickness to total .43. I find that with Lettra (because it’s so soft), you want a bit more than that–closer to .50.

    (I’m not sure what Lettra you’re using that’s 80lb. Is it the text weight?)

    Lettra 110# is .021

    Tympan is generally a standard .06

    I don’t use mylar, so I can’t speak to its thickness, but you should be able to find that info on the packaging and/or the place you purchased it.

    With 110# Lettra, I use 1 tympan top sheet (the diecut piece that goes under the gripper bar and around the tightening rod), plus 3-5 tympan packing sheets, depending on the amount of impression I want, and whether the printing is double sided.

    Hope that’s helpful!


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