Bearer-Contact Press

A type of printing press used in offset lithography in which the blanket and plate cylinder bearers (metal rings located at each end of each cylinder body, with diameters greater than the diameter of the cylinder body) are in tight contact with each other while the press is in operation. Such presses reduce gear wear, as the pressure of the cylinders falls on the bearers rather than the gears. Proper cylinder setting and packing considerations vary between bearer-contact presses and non-bearer-contact presses. See Bearer, Plate Cylinder, Blanket Cylinder, and Packing.

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