Power grippers on Universal Series…

I understand that there is an option for the powered Universal series presses in which the powered grippers would raise and close without having to press on the foot pedal. How is it activated? Where can I find blueprints or technical operating manuals (more detailed) of the Uni presses?

Thank you once again!

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The Arm
16 years ago

You can’t buy blueprints of the Vandercooks beyond what is in the manual. If that ever changes I want to hear about it!
But you may find these patent drawings useful for the Uni I.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1283/881614046_ef2e7144cb_b.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1022/881613994_7dc1a3d8b7_b.jpg

Daniel Morris
The Arm Letterpress
Brooklyn, NY

The Arm
16 years ago

These are actuated by a magnetic solenoid. I will take a photo for you tomorrow. I haven’t tried using it on my Universals. I prefer the control of the foot actuated grippers. The feature would be good for proofing in quantity, but not for editioning or accurate registration.
As for technical manuals I don’t think there was one unless it was a binder given to the service technicians. If that exists I would pay good money for one!

Daniel Morris
The Arm Letterpress
Brooklyn, NY

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