Press Blanket

What is a press blanket? When and where are they used?

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In offset the image is transferred (“offset”) from the plate to a rubber-and-fabric blanket wrapped around a cylinder, and from the blanket it is offset again to the paper.

Older cylinder letterpresses sometimes had a blanket, actually a sheet of felt, wrapped around the impression cylinder to level the impression.

So both processes used a blanket at one time or another.


i run a lot of different presses with an offset blanket my windmills, my poco, a kluge and a nolan proof press.

We used to chuck out blankets like no tomorrow, now people make bags and all sorts out of them. A crystal ball would have been useful at the time.

Thanks for the info, this also helps me understand the “offset” printing process better.