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Tympan / Press Packing

We carry a wide selection of tympan and press packing, including genuine red pressboard, Kimlon compressible packing, and mylar topsheets. We also carry genuine Vandercook top sheets, die-cut and scored for your specific model--see the Vandercook Tympan section. Need a custom sheet size? Give us a call!

Press sizes are determined by measuring the inside dimension of the chase. Thus, a 10x15 C&P, also called a "platen" press, has an actual chase measurement of 10x15, and the "platen" measures 11 1/8 x 18 1/18. Please use the chase dimension only when ordering tympan for your "platen" press.

Press packing can also be ordered in bulk packs in these sheet sizes (all in inches): 15x21, 20x26.5, 24x30, 25x38, and 32x42. In these sizes (1/1000"), .002, .003, .004, .006, and .007, the standard package is 100 sheets. In the .008, .009, .010, .011, .012, .015, and .016 sizes, the standard packing is 50 sheets per carton. We do not stock all these sizes as can be seen in our catalog listings, but it is available. This paper is packed in handy "Easy-Dispenser" stock cartons that can be used to store the paper once in your shop. These are drop shipped direct from the manufacturer and are special order items. Call us or leave remarks on the order blank if ordering on-line.

The question frequently arises as to "what is all this stuff used for?" Our suggestion is to read, and read, and make sure you're reading the basic letterpress books, like Polk's Practice of Printing, Cleeton's General Printing, and Mills' Platen Press Operation. Mills taught letterpress press work at Carnegie Tech, Cleeton was the dean of the School of Printing Management at Carnegie Tech, and Polk was a life-long graphic arts teacher in the Detroit public schools.

Briefly, rubber top blankets will absorb excessive abuse from inaccurate forms. Rubber underblankets serve the same purpose. Rubber blankets are often used in teaching situations so that students don't waste too much time on the details of makeready, and of course, proper makeready is the sign of good printing. Vandercook offered 2 basic thicknesses--.032" for presses with a .040 cylinder undercut, and traditional offset blankets at .065 for cylinder undercuts of .070". We have located a new source for .030" thick rubber blankets and now hae it in stock for immediate shipment. Prices for rubber top and bottom blankets shown in this catalog apply to the new material.

Treated Tympan is made in diecut sizes for all standard Vandercook, C&P, Kluge, and Heidelberg presses, both Platens and Cylinders. It is made with the highest degree of uniformity, and without either hard or soft spots and is .006" thick. Tympan for the Vandercook 325 press is .010" thick.

Mylar top sheets (or tympan) are used as an undersheet, serves to give sharp, clear impressions and is part of the typical "hard" packing method. It requires the use of good type or plates, and in all type forms, where old and new type, or wood type, is used, then a softer top sheet in the rubber type will work better. When ordering Mylar, specify what Vandercook press it is for and we cut it to size using original Vandercook templates. One price per sheet for any size Mylar, cut to a specific Vandercook press or as a rectangle. Maximum size on this single pricing is 25" x 41".

Kimlon is a latex impregnated paper sheet made originally by Kimberly-Clark (since 2004, by Neenah Paper Co.) that is used as a press packing. It has the property of being "compressible," and that means that the sheet will recover to a large extent from high type and other form irregularities. Kimlon is made to exacting standards for thickness--within .0001", and is mostly used as offset press packing, but has a definite application for letterpress. It is hand inspected sheet by sheet and hand finished. The cost of Kimlon has increased steadily and the minimums we have to order from Neenah have increased as well. We currently stock two sizes, 15x22 and 18x26. These two sizes will be adaptable to most Vandercook presses other than the larger cylinder sizes. Mylar and Kimlon are sold separately, so we have eliminated the previous Vandercook descriptions for the various press sizes.

What to use? Hard packing and hard tympan is usually preferred for most letterpress applications. Soft packing leads to type and plate wear, will not give sharp impressions, and will leave an embossed impression in the tympan and packing of whatever was being printed. Deep impression is also best achieved when the paper fibers are compressed rather than punched through the back of the sheet and the use of soft packing to achieve this is usually a mistake. The packing paper we sell is accurately made for the specific purpose of press packing, and is available in several thicknesses, and provides the essential foundation for proper printing. Don't do more than your press is capable of doing, and most table top presses are not suited for deep impression work. The key is to experiment and see what works best.

Tympan paper made in the United States is currently manufactured by the Sunshine Paper Company in Denver, Colorado. Sunshine purchased the Cromwell Paper Co. of Chicago in 1986 and acquired the Riegal line of tympan from the James River Paper Co. when that company shut down some years back. The current tympan and packing papers made by Sunshine are a mix of the Cromwell and Riegal specifications. Some of the Sunshine paper line is sold exclusively by certain distributors, like Day International. Why is Sunshine in Denver, certainly not a major graphic arts center like Chicago? The owners preferred living in Colorado--the same reason we're not in Cincinnati where NA Graphics started.

 
"Hangersheets for Miehle Vertical, 14x20, 100 sheets"
$74.00
TP492 Quantity   
 
"Hangersheets for Miehle Vertical, 14x20, 500 sheets"
$359.50
TP492-5 Quantity   
 
"Non-slip Hard Packing, 25x38, 0.002 inch thick, 100 sheets"
$89.65
TP504-4
Pre-packed, drop ship direct from manufacturer, in cartons of 100 sheets.
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"Non-slip Hard Packing, 25x38, 0.005 inch thick, 100 sheets"
$140.85
TP505-4
Pre-packed, drop ship direct from manufacturer, 100 sheet cartons.
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"Non-slip Hard Packing, 25x38, 0.008 inch thick, 50 sheets"
$125.46
TP508-4
Pre-packed, ship direct fro manufacturer, 50 sheet carton.
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"Non-slip Hard Packing, 25x38, 0.012 inch thick, 50 sheets"
$162.91
TP512-4
Pre-packed, shipped direct from manufacturer. 50 sheet cartons.
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"Non-slip Hard Packing, 25x38, 0.016 inch thick, 50 sheets"
$235.85
TP516-4
Pre-packed, ship direct from manufacturer, 50 sheet cartons.
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"Non-slip Hard Packing, sheet size 12x18, 0.002 inch thick, 25 sheets"
$14.50
TP504a Quantity   
 
"Non-slip Hard Packing, sheet size 12x18, 0.012 inch thick, 25 sheets"
$24.15
TP512 Quantity   
 
"Non-slip Hard Packing, sheet size 12x18, 0.002, 0.005, 0.008, 0.012 and 0.016 inch thick, 10 sheets each"
$36.50
TP488a Quantity   
 
"Non-slip Hard Packing, sheet size 12x18, 0.002, 0.005, 0.008, 0.012 and 0.016 inch thick, 25 sheets each"
$82.85
TP488
We can make up assortments containing 10 sheets of each size for $36.50--see item TP488a.
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"Non-slip Hard Packing, sheet size 12x18, 0.005 inch thick, 25 sheets"
$16.50
TP505 Quantity   
 
"Non-slip Hard Packing, sheet size 12x18, 0.008 inch thick, 25 sheets"
$18.85
TP508 Quantity   
 
"Non-slip Hard Packing, sheet size 12x18, 0.016 inch thick, 25 sheets"
$28.20
TP516 Quantity   
 
"Oiled Tympan for 10x15 Heidelberg Windmill, die cut and scored, 100 sheets"
$55.70
TP484
This sheet is die cut and scored to fit the 10x15 Heidelberg Platen.
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"Oiled Tympan for 10x15 (C&P, Kluge) Platen, 100 sheets"
$54.70
TP483
Can be used for either the 10x15 C&P or 10x15 Kluge.
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"Oiled Tympan for 12x18 C&P or Kluge, 100 sheets"
$77.33
TP490 Quantity   
 
"Oiled Tympan for 13x18 Heidelberg Windmill, die cut and scored, 100 sheets"
$65.50
TP494 Quantity   
 
"Oiled Tympan for 8x12 Platen, die cut and scored, 100 sheets"
$46.85
TP482 Quantity   
 
"Oiled Tympan for Heidelberg Cylinder KS, KSZ and KSL, 15x20 1/2, die cut and scored, 100 sheets "
$126.56
TP495
Top sheet 20 1/2" x 27"
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"Oiled Tympan for Heidelberg Cylinder KSBA, 18x23, die cut and scored, 100 sheets"
$153.66
TP496
Top sheet size 23" x 30 1/2"
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"Oiled Tympan for Miehle Vertical, 20x22, die cut and scored, 100 sheets"
$109.56
TP491 Quantity   
 
"Oiled Tympan, 15 inches wide, 700 foot roll"
$257.50
TP485 Quantity   
 
"Oiled Tympan, 18 inches wide, 700 foot roll"
$303.60
TP486 Quantity   
 
"Oiled Tympan, 20 inches wide, 700 foot roll"
$327.45
TP487 Quantity   
 
"Oiled Tympan, 36 inches wide, 700 foot roll"
$458.53
TP497 Quantity   
 
"Red Pressboard, 12x18, 0.015 inch thick, 10 sheets"
$15.40
PD20 Quantity   
 
"Red Pressboard, 24x18, 0.015 inch thick, 6 sheets"
$18.50
PD15 Quantity   
 
"Red Pressboard, 24x36, 0.015 inch thick, 5 sheets"
$25.50
PD10 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Top Blanket for Vandercook 15, 14x27 3/4, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$51.45
X7777 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Top Blanket for Vandercook 219 (sn #11507 and below), 18x31 7/8, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$68.25
X24252 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Top Blanket for Vandercook 219, Universal II or Universal III, 18x33, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$70.35
X24254 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Top Blanket for Vandercook 3, 4, 4T or 215, 14 1/2x26 3/4, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$51.45
X24251 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Top Blanket for Vandercook 317, 16 1/2x31 1/2, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$80.85
X24259 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Top Blanket for Vandercook 32-28, 31 1/2x36, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$145.95
X24260 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Top Blanket for Vandercook 320, 19x31 1/2, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$55.00
X24258 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Top Blanket for Vandercook 325, 425 or 25-24, 24x31 1/2, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$68.25
NM95 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Top Blanket for Vandercook SP-13, 12 1/2x37, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$60.90
X21779 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Top Blanket for Vandercook SP-15, 14 1/2x25 1/4, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$48.30
X24255 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Top Blanket for Vandercook SP-20, 19x33 9/16, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$70.35
X24256 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Top Blanket for Vandercook SP-25, 23 13/16x34, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$75.60
X23977 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Top Blanket for Vandercook SP-33, 32x34, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$144.90
VX24257 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Top Blanket for Vandercook Universal I, 15x26 3/4, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$49.35
X24253 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook 1, 15 1/2x18 1/2, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$38.85
TM206 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook 15-21, 15x21, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$40.95
X24084 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook 219 (sn #11508 and up), 18x25, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$47.25
X21860 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook 3, 4, 4T or 215, 14 3/16x19 5/8, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$36.75
MM123 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook 319, 18x26 1/2, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$92.40
X18050 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook 320 (sn #10300 and below), 19x25 1/2, 0.062 inch thick, per blanket"
$55.00
LM40 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook 320 (sn #10301 and up), 19x25 1/2, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$61.95
LM16 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook 325, 425 or 25-24, 24x25 1/2, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$51.45
NM97 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook SP-15, 14 1/2x18 3/4, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$25.20
X21201 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook SP-20, 19x26, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$50.40
X21859 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook SP-25, 23 13/16x27 11/64, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$57.75
X23087 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook SP-25, 23 13/16x27 11/64, 0.062 inch thick, per blanket"
$77.70
X23075 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook SP-33, 26 1/16x32, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$103.95
X24094 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook Universal I, 15x22 1/4, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$44.10
X16778 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook Universal II or Universal III, 18x25, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$47.25
X21860 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook Universal IV, 26 1/2x32, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$114.45
X24085 Quantity   
 
"Rubber Under Blanket for Vandercook Universal V, 30x25 7/8, 0.030 inch thick, per blanket"
$102.90
X24086 Quantity   
 
"Tympan for 3x5 Kelsey, 100 sheets"
$14.50
TP35 Quantity   
 
"Tympan for 5x8 Kelsey, 100 sheets"
$19.95
TP58 Quantity   
 
"Tympan for 6 1/2x10 Kelsey, Pilot and Others, 100 sheets"
$26.50
TP610 Quantity   
 
"Oiled Tympan for 10x15 Heidelberg Windmill, die cut and scored, 500 sheets"
$259.50
TP484a Quantity   
 
"Kimlon Compressible Sheet, 15" x 22", .020" thick"
$40.25
KIM1522 Quantity   
 
"Kimlon Compressible Sheet, 18" x 26", .020 thick"
$56.00
KIM1826 Quantity   
 
"Mylar, .007, cut to size"
$9.00
MY007
Mylar cut to fit any Vandercook press up to a maximum sheet size of 25" x 41" using Vandercook cutting templates. Please specify press model when ordering. Mylar can also be ordered for square or rectangular shapes up to the 25" x 41" maximum for the same price per piece cut. Please specifiy size required.
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