The problem is to devise a system of pre-setting the ink keys of a sheet-fed offset press in order to save make-ready time. A preliminary experiment is run to establish and identify the correlation between the information obtained from visually scanning the plates and the ink key dial settings. The test involves a control group and a test group making press runs to see if pre-setting the ink keys can save time. The results show that such an idea is possible. The preliminary experiment establishes a positive correlation between the two variables and test group press-run times are significantly less than control group's times. The study indicates that further research involving ink key settings and ink distribution would be useful.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Computerized typesetting; Offset printing
Department, Program, or Center
School of Print Media (CIAS)
May, Bruce, "The pre-setting of the ink distribution keys of a small sheet-fed offset press" (1976). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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