Height on the base image - Heidelberg Windmill 10x15


I am using the Heidelberg Windmill 10 x 15 Black ball equipment.

Currently the image height using base 21mm, plus plate 1.2mm image,the results can not be manufactured embossed paper thickness of 1mm or less ?
So, i would like to ask about the height of the base, the correct height ?
how many should not exceed ?

If the thickness of the image i am using plate 1.2mm & 2mm,
how many high base should use ?

I was not the use of two different heights of base?

I had to push the scale to “4” (the middle pull),
the result did not move the machine jammed,
this makes me very scared!

How can I solve this problem?



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Hello Ouyang,

This is what I would do. If others have other ideas, please let me know.

In the USA and Canada, the plate + the base should be .918 inch (23.3172 mm) high. Presses, including Heidelberg Windmills, are made to accept this height.

If you are not in the USA, it is possible that your Windmill is made to accept a different height of plate + base.

To figure out if your press is made for a different height of plate + base, do this: if the roller rails are not worn, measure the height of the roller rails above the bed (where you put the plate and base). That measurement, should be the same as the height of your plate and base.

If you can’t measure this easily, put the plate and base in the press and put a straight edge (metal ruler) across the rails. The plate and base should just touch the straight edge.

For instance, if your press is made to accept a 23.3172 mm plate + base, then you could use a 21.3172 mm base and a 2 mm plate, which gets you up to 23.3172. You could also use a 1.2 mm plate with a 22.1172 base to get you up to 23.3172.

If your base is 21 mm, then you could glue some paper, paperboard, pressboard, etc. to the back of the base, to get it up to the height you need.

The first thing you should do, though, is measure how high the rails are above the bed, and work from that measurement. The thickness of the plate + the thickness of the base should equal that measurement.

Thank you very much, Geoffrey !

For this I have failed many times, I will try to improve with the new value.

I had heard about the use of cardboard in the rear of the base. But, therefore, it will not cause uneven indentation?

After several runs or because the paper is slowly being flattened,
Resulting in embossed is not obvious?



The paper or paperboard probably will not become flattened, but if you can find some harder material, it would probably be better.

NA Graphics has non-slip hard packing and red pressboard. See the link below. The non-slip hard packing comes in various thicknesses and the red pressboard is .015 inch. You will have to convert these to metric of course. If you only need a sheet or two, maybe if you call them, they can help you so you don’t have to buy more than you need.


If you do put something on the back of your base, you could check it periodically to see that it isn’t becoming flattened. I doubt if it will, though.

Finally !

Thank you Geoffrey.

For this reason I have failed many times.

I used some kraft paper, which provides a good hardness. Then I will periodically check for squashed.

Also, thank you to provide suppliers. I am very grateful to you.



Hello Ouyang,

Glad I could help.