Scoring on a Vandercook


I’m learning on my Vandercook and would like to know how to score or crease. I’ve researched this a bit but seem to always come across information about scoring on other types of presses. I’m working with #110 paper at the moment. Thank you!

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Since nobody is replying I’ll throw in my 2 cents. I remember reading somewhere online you should not score with a Vandercook. It puts too much pressure on the carriage bearing and rails. I’ve never used one but saw it here or on vanderblog or one of the yahoo groups. Most presses are a platten design which can take the pressure or are commercial cylinder presses that are designed for the extra pressure of scoring instead of proofing. Hopefully this will point you in the right direction. Good luck!

Awbunny is correct - there’s a very good in-depth post on the vanderblog in response to a question I asked about cutting and creasing on a vandercook.

I just did a search on the Vanderblog and found this post:

John, is this the post that you are talking about? If so, then maybe I’m not seeing where Eric Holub says that some creasing is harmful to the press. I’m curious, because I crease on my Vandercook and have thus far had no problems with it.

Hopefully someone will come along to expand on this topic. I’m very interested to know…

That is a complete mis-reading. I didn’t say creasing is harmful to a Vandercook. I said “… heavy diecutting really would shorten the life of the press. But simple creasing, perforating and slitting certainly has been done on the Vandercook…Vandercook was not engineered for, say, diecutting forms with many running inches of rule such as CD jackets or tough stock like chipboard.”
Creasing and die-cutting are different things. Today I’d add that creasing using scoring matrix with proper packing shouldn’t exert any more strain on the press than printing does. —EH

Sorry - I should have written “Awbunny is referring to the post about cutting and creasing on the vanderblog” - I didn’t mean to imply creasing was harmful to the press.

We have three Vandercook Universal III presses which have been used for “kiss cutting” pressure sensitive labels using plastic and metal foil for over twenty years and there have been no ill effects. I’d have to agree with the Imp is saying that some people are applying much greater force in printing than you would experience with simple creasing or diecutting.

We use standard diecutting jackets on the Vandercooks to provide a good surface for the diecutting.

Thank you everyone!!! What a great resource this site is.