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Creasing Matrix comes in all colors and sizes. Be sure to check before ordering.

We stock Zimmer, Simonds, and other brands of steel rule. Any of their products can be ordered subject to some minimum requirements. Lengths may vary from 30 inch lengths shown--other lengths will be priced accordingly. Quantity discounts on 100, 300 and 500 foot breaks.

Steel rule requires special handling and packaging--orders for one to 4 pieces (can be combined types of rule) will have an additional $4.00 handling fee added to your order. This charge will not show up on the web page order form or acknowledgement that is sent automatically when placing internet orders. On smaller orders of 6 pieces or less, we can cut your steel rule to length at no additional charge. Please tell us in advance what lengths you need.

Channel Creasing Matrix, or Creasing Matrix, is used on platen and cylinder presses to achieve perfect scores. Form inking rollers have to be removed from the press if in place. A strip of the desired length is cut with a sharp knife or sissors, the matrix is pressed down on top of the locked up scoring rule, a paper strip covering an adhesive strip is removed, the press put on impression and run through the impression cycle once, that transfers the matrix to the tympan paper or die cutting plate or jacket, then the plastic locating strip is removed from the matrix leaving behind the matrix. The matrix is then in register for scoring. Matrix must be sized to the thickness of the stock being scored. The thickness can be found in many paper books if a commercial paper, or will have to be measured if an art or hand made paper. The basis weight either in pounds, as in 8o# cover, or gsm, is of no useful value here, but actual measurement of how thick the paper stock is determines the matrix to be used. For example, Crane's 110# Letra is about .019" thick and the 220# Letra is .038. When scoring against the grain, it is usual to use the next larger size matrix. Give us the thickness of the stock in the Special Instructions section of the order blank and we will provide the correct matrix. The matrix has to allow for the width of the 2 pt scoring rule plus twice the thickness of the stock. It is not reusable, so order enough for several jobs if this is a first time order. We can also provide matrix for 2 parallel scores--call for information.

For many printing needs, including measuring the thickness of paper, an inexpensive micrometer is a useful tool to have in the shop.

Matrix is color coded by the manufacturers and the color name is how this particular product is ordered. The following is a list of the most common sizes by color and the thickness of paper being scored.

Gold, paper, under .004" in thickness;

Orange, .004-.006";

Buff, .006-.010", typically used for index stock;

Cloud, .006-.016";

White, .010-.016";

Lime, .010-.016", with a deeper channel than the White;

Yellow, .016-.020";

Violet, .016-.020", with a slightly wider channel than Yellow;

Mauve, .020-.024", recommended for Crane's Letra 110#; and Blue, .036-.040", if you want to try scoring Crane's 220# Letra.

It is recommended that records be kept indicating which matrix works best for any particular paper stock. Other colors take the range of paper thickness up to .064-.072"

We stock .918", type high rule in the perforating, cutting, and scoring rule. We also stock rule in various other heights, like .895", .909", and .937". Any height we don't have on hand can be readily obtained.

On small orders, we will cut scoring rule to length for you at no additional charge. Allow at least 1/2" on each end of the size of paper being scored to allow the score to go off the sheet. For example, a sheet 5 1/2" wide needs a rule at least 6 1/2" long to easily run on the press. Rule longer than that can also be used. Our cuts are within 1/4" and we will include any scrap pieces that are at least 4" or longer with your order. Matrix can be cut with a sharp knife so we do not precut matrix.

 
"Scoring Rule, 2 points, 0.900 inch, per 30 inch strip"
$2.55
SR5105 Quantity   
 
"Scoring Rule, 2 points, 0.895 inch, per 30 inch strip"
$2.55
SR5095 Quantity   
 
Cuttingruke "Perforating Rule, 2 points, 0.918 inch, per 30 inch strip"
$5.35
SR511
Comes in 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 16 teeth per inch. Please specify TPI during checkout. We also have perforating rule in other than .918 heights--call for availability.
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"Scoring Rule, 2 points, 0.918 inch, per 30 inch strip"
$2.55
SR512 Quantity   
 
"Cutting Rule, 2 points, 0.918 high, per 30 inch strip"
$3.50
SR513 Quantity   
 
"Creasing Matrix, per 30 inch strip"
$2.85
SR515
Please specify channel width and color during checkout. Price per strip in quantities less than 20 are priced at $2.85 each, box of 20 for $44.27. Mauve and Violet are priced at $3.20 per 30 inch strip, or $51.25 per box of 16 strips. If you have never used matrix previously, please call us prior to use for some basics--it is a great product, but the first time around, proper application can be confusing. Remember that scoring with matrix requires the use of 2 pt steel rule, typically the .918 height, and if you don't have a means to cut steel rule, we will cut it to length at no extra cost.
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"Perf-A-Base, per 40 foot coil, with adhesive"
$35.85
SR516
Comes in 10 and 18 point widths. Please specify width during checkout.
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"Perf-A-Base Adhesive, 1 ounce bottle"
$4.00
SR517 Quantity   
 
Sabertooth "Sabertooth Perforating Backing, grips tympan, per 15 foot length"
$13.95
SR518
Sabertooth backing grips the tympan when used on platen and cylinder presses, not only keeping the rule in register but also protecting the tympan. Both perforating and cutting rule should kiss cut against a steel surface for clean, consistent cuts. Sabertooth is easily cut to the length needed. The backing is secured with double faced adhesive, with the sharp curved teeth along the edges gripping the tympan. Sabertooth backing is available in 15-foot lengths of 1/8 or 1/4 widths. Complete instructions on how to use this product for both platens and cylinder presses are printed on the back of each package of Sabertooth. Please specify width in Special Instructions during checkout.
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"Creasing Matrix, 30 inches long, box of 20"
$44.27
SR520
Please specify channel width and color during checkout. If you don't know which matrix to order, tell us the thickness, in thoudandths of an inch, of the stock you want to score. The larger sizes of matrix, Buff and larger, are sold by 16 strips per box.
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"Litho-Score, per 20 foot length"
$39.95
SR524 Quantity   
 
"Litho-Perf, per 20 foot length"
$39.95
SR523 Quantity   
 
"Litho-Slit, per 10 foot roll"
$24.70
SR525 Quantity   
 
"Ejection Rubber, for die cutting, 3/8x1/2x18 inch sheet"
$15.20
SR530 Quantity   
 
"Perforating Rule, 2 points, 0.909 inch, per 30 inch strip"
$4.65
SR510
Comes in 6, 12, or 17 teeth per inch. Please specify which size during checkout.
Quantity   
 
"MicroPerf Rule, 30 TPI, per 30 inch strip"
$27.00
MP100
Microperf rule, 30 teeth per inch, with a .030 gullet. Less expensive microperf has a .020 gullet, or depth of the slot between teeth, limiting the usefulness of the rule.
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"MicroPerf Rule,50 TPI, per 30 inch strip"
$27.00
MP101 Quantity   
 
"Heidelberg 10x15 Platen Snap-on Die Jacket, stainless steel, .030 thick, economy"
$84.75
HW222 Quantity   
 
"Heidelberg 10x15 Platen Snap-on die jacket, Boxmaker, stainless steel, .030", made by Bar-Plate"
$196.16
DC21
Boxmaker grade jackets are made from a harder grade of stainless steel and are designed for heavy duty use--long runs, multiple changes of dies, and more demanding die layouts.
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HeidDieJacket13x18 "Heidelberg Snap-on Die Jacket Economy for 13x18"
$102.50
P-30858
Economy die jacket .030, overall size 12 7/8 x 17 3/4.
Quantity   
 
"Heidelberg Die Jacket for KSBA Cylinder"
$193.05
P-30869
Stainless steel, size 18 5/8 x 22 1/2
Quantity   
 
"Heidelberg Die jacket for KSBAZ Cylinder"
$290.00
P-30865 Quantity   
 
"Heidelberg Die Jacket for S Cylinder"
$184.00
P-30887
Stainless Steel, size 22 1/4" x 28 3/8"
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"Heidelberg Die Jacket for SBB, SBBS, SBBZ Cylinder"
$299.90
P-30866
Stainless Steel size 21 1/4" x 32 1/4"
Quantity   
 
"Heidelberg Die Jacket for SBG, SBGS, SBGZ Cylinders"
$320.00
P-30890 Quantity   
 
"Perforating Rule, .918, 2 point, 30 inch strip x 17 TPI"
$5.35
 
sideperfThompson "Perfect Perf Side Rules, for Offset Presses"
$23.00
T-504
16 TPI, side perf, for offset presses, for card stcok, 10 ft roll, made by Thompson Manufacturing.
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"Creasing Matrix, Mauve, 30 inches long per 16 strips"
$51.25
SR520M
Mauve is recommended for scoring Crane's Lettra 110#.
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"Shim Tape, 5/16" x .005", Stainless Steel"
$75.50
SR519.005
Shim tape is used for backing on steel rule dies in making ready a die with low spots. Adhesive backed, .005 is available in coils 90 feet long.
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"Shim Tape, 5/16" x .002", Stainless Steel"
$17.85
SR519.002
Shim tape is used for backing on steel rule dies in making ready a die with low spots. Adhesive backed, .002 is available in coils 33 feet long.
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"Shim Tape, 5/16" x .004", Stainless Steel"
$20.20
SR519.004
Shim tape is used for backing on steel rule dies in making ready a die with low spots. Adhesive backed, .004 is available in coils 33 feet long.
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"Cutting Rule, .937 x 2 points, Sandvik"
$4.25
SR537
The .937 2 pt. cutting rule comes in lengths 39" long. We will cut to size at no extra charge. Our cut lengths are not exact, but within 1/2 inch. Be aware of the .937 height--this is not designed for routine platen or cylinder use because it is .018" higher than type high of .918". It is usually used on box work and the presses are adjusted accordingly.
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"Creasing Matrix, Mauve, single strip 30" Long"
$3.25
SR515M Quantity