Dave Churchman visited Rollcrafters this past Thursday and reports that the closing of Rollcrafters was as much a decision by the family members who owned the company as anything else. Except for the family member who actually ran the operation, the rest of the family just didn't want to continue the business. I'm sure the slow down in the economy weighed in on this decision. They had told us back in January that this was going to happen, and a year or two ago had shut down their Ft. Wayne, Ind. division that sold printing supplies. letterpress rollers were a tiny part of their overall business and the bulk of the business was in industrial rollers (Conveyor belts and the like) as well as offset presses.
----- Original Message -----
From: Steve Robison
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2009 11:48 PM
Subject: Re: [PPLetterpress] shadows printing : Not Rollcrafters!?!
I too have appreciated the fine quality of Rollcrafters Ryno Rollers over many, many years.
Is their shutdown because of the overall economic downturn/recession, or for other reasons?
Inquiring printers need to know...
The Robison Press
--- On Fri, 2/27/09, Peter Fraterdeus <peterf@...> wrote:
> From: Peter Fraterdeus <peterf@...>
> Subject: Re: [PPLetterpress] shadows printing : Not Rollcrafters!?!
> To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Friday, February 27, 2009, 5:52 AM
> On 27 Feb 2009, at 12:21 AM, Fritz Klinke wrote:
> > . Another roller material we have used on several
> thousand rollers
> > is the blue Rhyno material, and as that roller company
> is closing
> > its doors for good February 27, this
> Friday--Rollcrafters in
> > Indianapolis--I'm going to have to find another
> source for that. We
> > also use Buna-N as an excellent material and
> that's what almost all
> > of the Vandercook rollers we sell are made from. It is
> also an
> > excellent material for regular rollers as well.
> OH NO!
> Not Rollcrafters!?!
> DAMN! Well, so much for sending that bunch of Windmill
> cores (from the
> 'new' Black Ball) with the urethane all melting off
> to Rollcrafters.
> They did the last batch for me (red rubber) and the rollers
> perfect... RIP Rollcrafters. :-(
> The 'shadow' is also addressed through the use of
> additional rider
> rollers, which distribute the ink back onto the form
> rollers using a
> third roller of different diameter. The C&P may or may
> not be able to
> take a rider roller.
> I think perhaps that these platen job presses were not
> really intended
> to do solids, for the most part, and therefore were not
> equipped with
> rollers for other than type and line work.
> However, on the 10x15 C&P there are three rollers (two
> in a set and a
> third below). At this point I have two of them running on
> steel trucks
> (and taping the tracks for height adjustment) and the third
> rubber adjustable trucks, which I've raised up above
> the form. The
> third roller doesn't hit the form at all, but it helps
> distribute the
> ink on the ink-plate. This can help with the shadow, if
> there's a
> 'trip' between each 'print' (so the rollers
> pass twice over the form
> before the next impression) Of course, this is not a very
> way to print, but it's been done ;-)
> The Heidelberg has an additional 'hub' on the
> roller trucks to attach
> the rider. This makes a huuge difference when printing
> heavy solids...
> Pretty much takes care of the 'shadow' problem.
> Peter Fraterdeus
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