Matrix Side Hole Drilling Machine

Made:
1925
maker:
Lanston Monotype Corporation
Matrix Side Hole Drilling Machine Matrix Side Hole Drilling Machine

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Matrix Side Hole Drilling Machine
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Matrix Side Hole Drilling Machine
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Matrix side-hole drilling machine, Plant No.990, made by the Lanston Monotype Corporation, Salford, Redhill, Surrey, 1925. Used for the production system for 0.2 x 0.2 inch Monotype matrices, equipped for automatic handling of matrices from input to output galleys. The machine is used to form the hole for the matrix case retaining rods. Two opposing drills nearly meet during drilling. In a second operation, one of the drills clears the hole. Mounted on bench, with machines Nos.986, 2080 & 1888. Bench has electrical and compressed air services incorporated.

There are 82 separate processes needed to transform a designer’s drawing (of a letter, figure, punctuation, or symbol) into a piece of Monotype metal type for printing. A pantograph is used to trace and cut the letter from a copper pattern into a piece of steel called a punch. After being hardened, the punch is driven into a piece of bronze using a crank press to produce a matrix. The finished matrix is ready to go to the Monotype Composition Caster where molten metal is pumped through a mould against the matrix to produce a piece of type.

This machine is one of many machines used in the process to make a 0.2 inch or 0.4 inch matrix.

The Type Archive has a functioning Monotype matrix workshop containing around 70 machines and pieces of equipment. It is the only one of its kind in the world and matrices are still produced for customers.

Details

Category:
Printing & Writing
Object Number:
1995-1592
Materials:
aluminium alloy and steel (metal)
Measurements:
overall (bench): 890 mm x 3780 mm x 760 mm,
type:
machines
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment