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We offer a number of different offset printing supplies, including press ink, dampening systems, blankets, powder, and more. We always strive to provide the best offset printing supplies at an affordable price point. Learn more about our supplies and what offset printing supplies you may need for your printing application below:

Printing Press Ink

Offset sheetfed printing presses would be nothing without ink. It's the reason the press exists. Good print starts with good ink that performs well in the press and in the press room and printing ink can be one of the largest indicators of overall print quality.

Inks can come in many varieties beyond just the color. Inks can come in different tack and finish. Inks can also come with different additives that can help them to dry more quickly. Ink technology in the 21st century is quite advanced and as time goes on we are sure to see very interesting inks in the future

Dampening Systems

In conventional offset printing, there is a constant balance made between ink and water. In the printing process the image is passed by the special chemical properties of the printing plate itself. In some areas it is hydrophobic and in other areas it is hydrophilic. These two terms essentially mean that the plate will attract or repel water. In the areas that are hydrophobic the plate will pick up ink from the ink-train. In areas where the plate is hydrophilic, the plate will pick up water and repel the ink.

Printing Blanket

The printing blanket has become a staple of the offset printing method. The printing blanket is offset printing supply that features a smooth mat, which is wrapped around a cylinder within the printing unit. This mat acts as a cushion that presses against the master and picks up the image. The purpose of the printing blanket is to transfer the image from the master to the sheet. In other words, the printing blanket is the medium that carries the image from the plate to the paper. Printing blankets are designed to be removed and replaced periodically to compensate for wear.

Printing Powder

Printing press powder has long been used in the world of offset printing. It offers numerous benefits in the printing process and is used by almost every manufacturer in the industry. The first and most important purpose of printing press powder is to prevent ink offset. Ink offset is when wet ink from one sheet is transferred onto a second sheet that makes contact. Powder is sprayed onto the sheets as they are stacked at the delivery end of the press, the fine layer of powder forms a micro-barrier between the sheets to keep the ink from making contact. A secondary benefit of spray powder is reduced dry time due to a minute air-gap between the individual sheets. This slight gap allows for an amount of air circulation through the stack and gives the moisture within the ink a way out.



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S-90_Toko_ProPrint_suckers Squeeze Bottle 16 oz Anti-Static Spray from Varn
16 oz Squeeze Bottle
Our Price: $9.50
Toko suckers, sold each. Manufacturer part # 1531-47025 or CJ-11. Sucker feet are used in vacuum feed systems. The sucker lowers to the sheet and picks it up to begin the feeding process. Over time suckers do wear since they make physical contact with every sheet. This 16 oz squeeze bottle is bottom feeding. Just give it a squeeze and a fine squirt of the contents will come out the nozzle. Pretty simple, yet extremely useful Anti-Static Spray from Varn
clear_gel_roller_cleaner Varn Ink-Readi
Varn Complete Plate Cleaner
Our Price: $13.92
Sale Price: $9.99
Ink-Readi from Varn
Our Price: $10.34
Clear Gel roller cleaner is an excellent product that speed up your color changes and ultimately improve the productivity of your entire shop. Varn Complete Plate Cleaner
Varn Ink-Readi
Varn Dampening System Cleaner ES-350 Water Bottle, American- Toko Parts S-65_ryobi_sheet_seperator
Varn Dampening System Cleaner (Gallon)
Our Price: $15.95
Sale Price: $11.29
ES-350 Water Bottle, American- Toko Parts
Our Price: $19.90
Sale Price: $11.49
Varn Dampening System Cleaner (Gallon) ES-350 Water Bottle, American- Toko/ProPrint Parts. Clearance Item.
Ryobi - Itek cat whiskers  / Package of 12. Sucker feet are used in vacuum feed systems. The sucker lowers to the sheet and picks it up to begin the feeding process. Over time suckers do wear since they make physical contact with every sheet.
Blue Swell Blanket Repair Printing Blanket Fix Zipset GPX Process Black Ink S-88 Hamada Suckers
Zipset GPX Process Black [2.2 lbs]
Our Price: $26.29
Sale Price: $13.15
S-88 Hamada Suckers
Our Price: $14.40
A fast acting, topical blanket smash repair. Works quickly to eliminate expensive downtime by applying directly to the damaged area or low spot of the blanket to restore a proper printing surface for halftones and critical images. Zipset GPX Process Black Ink S-88 Hamada Suckers
Zipset GPX Process Yellow Ink TC-90 Waterless Transparent White TC-90 Waterless Process Black "N" 2.2lb
Zipset GPX Process Yellow [2.2 lbs]
Our Price: $29.68
Sale Price: $14.84
TC-90 Waterless Transparent White 2.2lb
Our Price: $20.33
Sale Price: $15.21
TC-90 Waterless Process Black "N" 2.2lb (normal tack)
Our Price: $19.80
Sale Price: $15.43
Zipset GPX Process Yellow Ink TC-90 Waterless Transparent White TC-90 Waterless Process Black "N" 2.2lb
Zipset GPX Process Magenta Ink Mitsubishi_silver_master_SLM-OD_fountain_solution Zipset GPX Process Cyan Ink
Zipset GPX Process Magenta [2.2 lbs]
Our Price: $33.07
Sale Price: $16.54
Zipset GPX Process Cyan [2.2 lbs]
Our Price: $33.88
Sale Price: $16.94
Zipset GPX Process Magenta Ink A fountain solution specifically formulated for use with Polyester plates. Zipset GPX Process Cyan Ink
royse_filter TC-90 Waterless Pantone Process Blue TC-90 Waterless Process Yelllow "N" 2.2lb
Royse Filter Bag
Our Price: $18.56
TC-90 Waterless Pantone Process Blue 2.2lb
Our Price: $25.89
Sale Price: $19.03
This filter bag will help keep your Royse unit functioning like the day you got it. TC-90 Waterless Pantone Process Blue TC-90 Waterless Process Yelllow "N" 2.2lb
TC-90 Waterless Process Cyan "N" 2.2lb TC-90 Waterless Process Magenta "N" 2.2lb TC-90 Waterless Pantone Yellow
TC-90 Waterless Process Cyan "N" 2.2lb (normal tack)
Our Price: $22.75
Sale Price: $20.13
TC-90 Waterless Pantone Yellow 2.2lb
Our Price: $22.00
Sale Price: $22.00
TC-90 Waterless Process Cyan "N" 2.2lb TC-90 Waterless Process Magenta "N" 2.2lb TC-90 Waterless Pantone Yellow
TC-90 Waterless Pantone Rubine Red TC-90 Waterless Pantone Violet Spinks Cobolt Drier 1.1#
TC-90 Waterless Pantone Rubine Red 2.2lb
Our Price: $36.54
Sale Price: $24.00
TC-90 Waterless Pantone Violet 2.2lb
Our Price: $41.59
Sale Price: $24.30
Spinks Cobolt Drier 1.1#
Our Price: $24.40
TC-90 Waterless Pantone Rubine Red TC-90 Waterless Pantone Violet Spinks Cobolt Drier 1.1#
varn_true_blue_offset_plate_cleaner TC-90 Waterless Pantone Opaque White Mitsubishi_SLM_Fountain_Solution_additive_OA2
True Blue Plate Cleaner quickly and completely opens all types of metal offset plates, even after long periods of storage. TC-90 Waterless Pantone Opaque White Used as an anti-toning additive where Silver Master plates are used.
TC-90 Waterless Pantone Purple hamada_234_printing_under_blanket Hamada RS/VS34 Series Under Blanket
TC-90 Waterless Pantone Purple 2.2lb
Our Price: $41.38
Sale Price: $27.35
TC-90 Waterless Pantone Purple Hamada H234 Series Blanket & Under with HSF Bars Hamada RS34 Series Blanket & Under
TC-90 Waterless Pantone Green TDP-HL Etch Solution Varn Supreme Fountain Solution 6038
TC-90 Waterless Pantone Green 2.2lb
Our Price: $42.35
Sale Price: $31.03
TC-90 Waterless Pantone Green TDP-HL Etching Solution Supreme Fount 6038 is a two-step fountain solution concentrate that is designed to run on CtP aqueous plates. When used with a quality alcohol substitute, it will optimize press performance with faster startups and reduced waste.
Pantone Silver 877 (2 lbs) TC-90 Waterless Pantone Rhodamine Red Varn Absolute 6036 ALC Sub
TC-90 Waterless Pantone Rhodamine Red 2.2lb
Our Price: $46.95
Sale Price: $33.33
Superior Royal Pantone (R) Metallic Silver 877 TC-90 Waterless Pantone Rubine Red Varn Absolute 6036 ALC Sub(Gal)
Varn SuperLene Fountain Solution toko_printing_blanket California Wash Gallon
Varn's Super-lene Fountain Solution is a multi-purpose fountain solution for duplicators and small presses. Under Blankets for Toko, ProPrint, and Multi presses. California wash is a great blanket & roller wash. Easily clean your press and keep your equipment in great shape! It's also one of MSL's Eco Friendly products.
varn_color_wash_step_1 W-1000 Superior Elite Trans White TDP-DL Fountain Solution
1 Gallon of Color-Wash, Step 1 - Part of a two step environmental deep-cleaner for color changes and occasional roller maintenance. Meets strict California regulations. Removes ink and gum glaze. Elite is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses. TDP-DL2 Fountain Solution
toko_printing_blanket Standard Digital Duplicator High Quality Black Ink TC-90 Waterless Pantone Reflex Blue
13" x 19" Under Blanket
Our Price: $38.78
Narrow Under Blanket for Toko, Multi, and ProPrint presses. Standard line of inks and masters are manufactured under strict quality control conditions and guaranteed to ensure the highest quality output and performance. TC-90 Waterless Pantone Reflex Blue
Pamarco Fountain Additive Superior Matte Overprint Varnish Toko 4700 Printing Blanket
12 3/8" x 20 3/8" Blanket
Our Price: $42.00
APA Fountain Additive Overprint Varnish Press Blanket for Toko, Multi, and ProPrint presses.
superio_elite_process_black_ink Superior Elite MT Process Black Ink Toko 4750 Printing Blanket
13" x 20 3/8" Blanket
Our Price: $43.86
Elite is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses. Superior Elite MT Process Black Ink [5.3 lbs] Press Blanket for Toko, Multi, and ProPrint presses.
varn_fountain_pure_filter Superior Ellite LT Dense Black Superior Elite MT Dense Black Printing Press Ink
Varn Fountain Pure Filter
Our Price: $45.50
By processing your fountain solution through a Varn FountainPure filter you can extend fountain solution life. The filter removes contaminants and extends the replenishment cycle. Superior Elite LT Dense Black Ink [5.3 lbs] Elite is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses.
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Superior Elite LT Process Yellow Ink is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses. Elite is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses. Elite is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses.
DRD-9181 Superior Elite Mt Process Magenta Ink MBE-7754 Superior Elite LT Process Cyan Ink MBE-7810 Superior Elite MT Process Cyan Ink
Elite is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses. Superior Elite LT Process Cyan Ink [5.1 lbs] Elite is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses.
Superior Elite Neutral Black Printing Press Ink Bring Overused Blankets Back to Life with Varn Super Rubber Rejuvenator AirtechSpray Powder 10lbs
Elite is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses. Varn Super Rubber Rejuvenator (Gal) AirtechSpray Powder
Nikken QSD-III Fountain Solution MBA-1000 Superior Elite Process Blue Ink MRA-1000 Superior Elite Warm Red Printing Ink
Extreme QSD-III is engineered to run with todays sophisticated CtP plate workflows and is without compromise on quality. Superior Elite Process Blue Ink [5.1 lbs] Superior Elite Warm Red Ink [5.4 lbs]
Hamada DU34 Series Blanket DRA-1000 Superior Elite Rubine Red Printing Ink Standard Digital Duplicator Gray HQ Ink
Hamada 248 Series Blanket Superior Elite Rubine Red Ink [5.2 lbs] Digital Duplicator "Type VII" Gray HQ Ink [1000ml]
Spinks Quickset Intense Black Printing Press Ink Spinks Acrylic EZ Flow Black Superior Elite Reflex Blue
Quickset is the premium, oil-base ink. It's laser safe and dries quick. Better than standard rubber-base inks, Spinks' Acrylic sets and dries faster. Elite is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses.
superior_matte_overprint_varnish MGA-1000 Superior Elite Green Printing Ink Sakurai 58 Series Blanket & Under
Overprint Varnish Superior Elite Green Ink [5.5 lbs] Sakurai 58 Series Blanket & Under with FSF Bar
Spinks Acrylic Pantone Black Royal Pantone Gold 874 (2.5 lbs) Royal Pantone Gold 875 (2.5 lbs)
Spinks Acrylic Pantone Black Superior Royal Pantone (R) Gold 874 Superior Royal Pantone (R) Gold 875
Royal Pantone Copper 876 (2.5 lbs) Sakurai 66 Series Blanket & Under Spinks Acrylic Pantone Transparent White Ink
Superior Royal Pantone (R) Gold 876 Sakurai 66 Series Apollo Blanket & Under with FSF Bars Spinks Acrylic Pantone Transparent White Ink
Royal Pantone Gold 871 Ink Royal Pantone Gold 872 (2.7 lbs) Superior Royal Pantone Gold 873 (2.7 lbs)
Superior Royal Pantone (R) Gold 871 Superior Royal Pantone (R) Gold 872 Superior Royal Pantone (R) Gold 873
Superior_Elite_Violet_Printing_Press_Ink Nikken SilverPoly Fountain Solution varn_ABC_wash
Varn ABC Wash [5 Gallon]
Our Price: $89.90
Superior Elite Violet Ink is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses. One-step fountain solution specifically designed for use with all types of silver-imaged polyester, paper and metal plates Varn ABC Wash removes water soluble gum glaze, lint paper dust and stock coatings very economically.
   
 

The Printing Press

Its truly a magnificent example of human ingenuity and intuition. An invention that has literally changed the world; leading the onset of mass communication and the ability to share information across the world. With roots in the 1400s and 1500s the printing press came at a time when humanity was struggling through change and helped to usher in large cultural shifts.

The printing press has gone through some dramatic changes over time while still retaining its principles of operation. Modern printing presses print at speeds over 15,000 sheets an hour. Some feed sheets of paper that are 6 feet wide. Certain special applications utilize amazing technologies like ultraviolet and infra-red heater systems, others feed thick stiff materials like boards or plastics. The printing press has come a long way from its roots and there's nothing quite like printing in the 21st century.

The future of printing is bright. Despite some systemic changes within the industry the overall volume of printing worldwide is increasing. Periodically major changes in materials, chemistry, and energy sciences lead to changes in the way things are done in the business of production. New methods and processes bring versatility, reliability, increases in production and increases in safety for operators and our environment. For example new methods of printing conductive ink onto non-conductive substrate allow for the creation of flexible and easily mass produces circuit boards. Industry trends indicate that in some time this new method will be widely adopted and become a major channel of manufacturing printed circuits.