(w/ VIDEO) Heidelberg paper movement problem

Video of the press running here:


My wife and I recently moved our 1954 Heidelberg windmill to a new studio. Mid-transport, disaster struck. Long story short, I had to brake quickly to avoid an accident, and in doing so, I forced the press to tip forward and slide in the U-Haul. It crushed all of the wooden furniture that was in front of it (which, it seems, acted as a buffer and protected the press from hitting the front of the truck cab).

Miraculously, and minus a few bumps and bruises, the press, seems to be running ok so far. There is just one problem:

It only will load every second sheet of paper, regardless of the card stock used. And the suction grippers seem to be having a weaker grip on the paper than they used to. (See video above). My wife was wondering if this is related to a barely perceptible bend in the suction gripper arm. (See attached images)

Any and all advice on what to try would be greatly appreciated. We live in a small town hours from the nearest repair tech., so we’ll need to try to sort this out ourselves.

Thank you!


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Looking at the video the table looks a bit too high. The suction cutout needs adjusting, the press should stop when it fails to pick up.

As it is card I would try putting on suckers and turning off some of the taps, drop the table a bit and adjust the blow to push the card up.

Have you got the valve front left side in the closed position?

Do you have an iphone? If not use someone else’s and take a slo-mo video of the gripper right where it misses the sheet.

It looks like it’s actually bumping the sheet off the sucker bar. It’s probably just a bent gripper. You can see if both grippers are aligned the same by measuring the clearance to the platen. Mark your grippers A & B to make sure you’re keeping track of the problem one.

Good luck. As of now it looks like you have the best press for skip-feeding.

Few tips which may be rubbish (apologies if so) but Your Shots 0017 & 0018 look as though they are *bleeding* beyond the stock! is it possible to shift the sucker bar to align the suckers, equidistant from each edge of the stock,?

Even in your brief Video, every second - third sheet appears to drop before full grip, and then appears to drop onto the separator fingers, rather than ending up Underneath, can almost be seen bending the Stock with the hard sucker feet, but not the same every time.!!!

Possibly a little more Blast separation, with Rubber Suckers on every other Foot, with at least 3 separator fingers, as close as practical to 3 Suckers, far right, far left, and centre??

Maybe also, (with care) Stop the M/c. just after the Sheet/Stock has been picked up, and is just traversing down and across the face of the platen proper.!!

The Reason,
To observe (if possible) which sucker loses vacuum first, which may, prove or disprove the the ability of the individual suckers to work efficiently, as a whole and independently.

Apologies and Good Luck. Mick

Being alternate sheets the problem is the feed table trying to raise and then stopped by the bar holding down the stock.
Adjust the lever towards to thin by one or two clicks.

Also try changing the angle of the stock by putting a small roll of paper under the pile so that it is tilting down towards the blowers.

Right below the impression knob there is a little badge labeled “Parallel Paper Margin”. The gauge should be dead centered, if it was bumped in your moving accident this could be causing the problem.

Youtube videos can be played at .25 speed. Control is in the settings.

One gripper is knocking the paper off the suckers.

To determine if it’s the gripper, mark them both (a,b), determine which is holding paper and swap them on the carrier. If the problem moves with the gripper, the gripper is at fault. If the problem switched grippers, it is further up the feed chain or gripper timing.


OK, it looks like we have figured out what the issue is. One of the gripper arms is slightly bent toward the end (see photos). Because of this, it is looking like it is catching when it passes by the bottom right corner of the platen surface, so it is rubbing against the tympan sheet. This looks like it is causing the gripper arm to not open properly and lay the paper as it should.

Any advice on how (or if) to bend the gripper arm?

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One more photo. All photos show the bent arm in question.

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