Segmented Ink Blade

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The Ultimate Ink Control

ASI's segmented ink blade design gives the pressman total flexibility across the entire ink fountain.

Our unique design eliminates inherent problems with solid, sculptured and laser cut blades.

The ASI segmented ink fountain blade is not made from one piece of steel that is cut, lasered or milled. ASI's blade gets its start from precision ground (+/- .00005) individual ink keys, whicih are then bonded to a common glue plate. The result are incredible ink control with no side effects.

  • Just Set It & Forget It
  • Extends Actuator Life
  • No Leaks; No Maintenance

Other Blade Design Limitations

Solid & Sculptured blades physically limit ink control due to blade flex and connecting keys. The result is chasing color, longer make-readies, & reduced color quality. When adjusting one ink key the blade flexes. This flexing changes the ink profile in other areas across the ink fountain. To complicate things further as the pressman adjusts one key that adjustment can impact up to 5 neighboring keys because the keys are connected to each other.

Some ink control systems try to help by electronically limiting ink key control through software. The software limits ink key actuator travel based upon the position of adjacent keys.

It requires 4.7 x the force to move a solid/sculptured blade compared to a segmented blade, resulting in premature failure of expensive ink actuators.

Laser cut blades allow ink to leak through the gap cut by the laser. Laser cut blades require maintenance of foil overlays, foil between segments, and silicon caulking to keep blades from leaking.


ASI Segmented Blade Installations:

M-1000 M-110C Hitachi Toshiba
M-1000A M-120 King Nebiolo
M-1000AI M-90 Stevens Sakuri
M-1000AII M-3350 Hoe Miracle
M-1000B M-3300 Crabtree Zircon
M-1000BE M-100L Didde Miyakoshi
M-110 N-900 C-500 Tensor
M-110B N-954 C-700 Timson
M-300 850 Miehle Stevens Tech.
M-300M NC-400 Goebel Goss Magnum
M-600 G-14 Sanjo Man Roland
M-200 G-16 Huhtamaki Hantscho MK 6
GMI G-25 U-70 Hantscho MK 16
WPC G-25W Halm Cottrell G2
EPG G-55 N-1700 Urbanite