I just had a new automatic press installed and the technician ensured it was level and in registration. Is this good for the lifetime of the press or will it need to be redone?
Depending on use, you’ll occasionally need to level the machine’s platens and check its registration. It’s difficult to say just how often this should happen because it varies based on the volume the press handles. Generally, a high-volume shop should check platen level and off-contact semi-annually, and smaller shops should do it at least annually. As your machine ages, its parts wear and tolerances aren’t as tight as they once were, so you may need to increase the frequency over the years. You also need to follow the safety warnings in your operator’s manual. Most machine damage occurs when people aren’t following proper safety precautions. For example, use the standard stop button, not an emergency stop, to halt your press. Also, adjustments to the machine’s indexing, acceleration curves, and speeds should be made when the press is idle.
Other safety precautions are mostly common sense. For instance: don’t set food or drink on the control panel; if you’re frustrated at the press, don’t hit it; don’t ram-and-jamb screen frames into the press; and don’t use a wrench to loosen hand-knobs. If a hand-knob is getting difficult to turn, clean it, or order a new one.
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