Multilith


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Multilith

 

(also Rotaprint), a small-format, sheet-fed offset printing machine for office use in duplicating documents in batches up to a few thousand copies. It consists of a sheet-feeding device (automatic feeder), the printer, including the impression, blanket, and plate cylinders, inking and moistening devices, and a receiving stacker.

A printed copy is obtained in the following manner. As the impression cylinder with the printing plate rotates, the rollers of the moistening and inking devices roll progressively along its surface. The ink is transferred from the printing plate to a rubber blanket stretched around the blanket cylinder and then from the blanket to the paper on the plate cylinder. The copy is then fed to a receiving tray.

The printing plates for a Multilith are made electrographically or photomechanically. The Multilith is used for simple one-color and multi-colored printing. Its printing speed is 6,000–9,000 cycles per hour.

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COLMENARES, German y MELO, Jorge Orlando (comps.), Lecturas de Historia Colonial, 3 Vols, Bogota, Multilith Uniandes, Universidad de los Andes--Facultad de Artes y Ciencias--Departamento de Historia, 1968-1969.
COLMENARES, German, Encomienda y poblacion en la provincia de Pamplona (1549-1650), Bogota, Multilith Uniandes, Universidad de los Andes--Facultad de Artes y Ciencias--Departamento de Historia, 1969, 113 pp.
FAJARDO M., Dario, El regimen de la Encomienda en la provincia de Velez (Poblacion indigena y economia), Bogota, Multilith Uniandes, Universidad de los Andes--Facultad de Artes y Ciencias--Departamento de Historia, 1969, 99 pp.
La publicacion y reproduccion en multilith de las obras mencionadas remite a una dinamica investigativa seria y de gran proyeccion, pero es poco lo que sobre ella se conoce, por lo que se consulto a Dario Fajardo, un historiador que estuvo vinculado con este proceso.
Therefore, new chairs, desks, filing cabinets, typewriters, a multilith machine and an addressograph were purchased so that extensive savings could be effected on operations and the Society could serve as many as 10,000 members.
Everard Edmonds, to put the copy together, often in handwritten form, after which I edited it, laid out the issue, and turned the copy over to a typist to prepare the multilith sheets.
The first copies were multilithed (one step up from mimeographing) on legal-sized paper, and after a year, on letter-sized paper.