Burr Remover

Made:
1964
maker:
The Monotype Corporation Limited

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Burr Remover
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Burr Remover
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Matrix rubbing-down machine, Plant No.2958, made by The Monotype Corporation Ltd., Salford, Redhill, Surrey, 1964. Equipped for automatic feed of matrices from input to output galleys, part of the productions system for 0.2 x 0.2-inch Monotype matrices, for rubbing down the matrix character. Mounted on bench with machines Nos. 2084 and 1134.

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:
1995-1613
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy) and steel (metal)
Measurements:
overall (bench): 890 mm x 3180 mm x 740 mm,
type:
machines
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment

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