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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 Dampening System Cleaner Varn Ink-Readi
Varn Dampening System Cleaner (Gallon)
Our Price: $32.20
Sale Price: $11.29
Ink-Readi from Varn
Our Price: $11.38
Clear Gel roller cleaner is an excellent product that speed up your color changes and ultimately improve the productivity of your entire shop. Varn Dampening System Cleaner (Gallon)
Varn Ink-Readi
ES-350 Water Bottle, American- Toko Parts S-65_ryobi_sheet_seperator Blue Swell Blanket Repair Printing Blanket Fix
ES-350 Water Bottle, American- Toko Parts
Our Price: $19.90
Sale Price: $11.49
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. 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.
S-88 Hamada Suckers royse_filter Mitsubishi_silver_master_SLM-OD_fountain_solution
S-88 Hamada Suckers
Our Price: $14.40
Royse Filter Bag
Our Price: $18.56
S-88 Hamada Suckers This filter bag will help keep your Royse unit functioning like the day you got it. A fountain solution specifically formulated for use with Polyester plates.
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Varn True Blue Offset Plate Cleaner [1 Quart]
Our Price: $25.49
Sale Price: $23.90
True Blue Plate Cleaner quickly and completely opens all types of metal offset plates, even after long periods of storage. Used as an anti-toning additive where Silver Master plates are used. Hamada H234 Series Blanket & Under with HSF Bars
Hamada RS/VS34 Series Under Blanket TDP-HL Etch Solution Pantone Silver 877 (2 lbs)
Hamada RS34 Series Blanket & Under TDP-HL Etching Solution Superior Royal Pantone (R) Metallic Silver 877
Varn Supreme Fountain Solution 6038 toko_printing_blanket Varn Absolute 6036 ALC Sub
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. Under Blankets for Toko, ProPrint, and Multi presses. Varn Absolute 6036 ALC Sub(Gal)
Varn SuperLene Fountain Solution W-1000 Superior Elite Trans White California Wash Gallon
Varn's Super-lene Fountain Solution is a multi-purpose fountain solution for duplicators and small presses. Elite is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of 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.
TDP-DL Fountain Solution toko_printing_blanket Standard Digital Duplicator High Quality Black Ink
13" x 19" Under Blanket
Our Price: $38.78
TDP-DL2 Fountain Solution 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.
Pamarco Fountain Additive Bring Overused Blankets Back to Life with Varn Super Rubber Rejuvenator Superior Matte Overprint Varnish Wax Free
Varn Super Rubber Rejuvenator (Gal)
Our Price: $44.71
Sale Price: $40.90
APA Fountain Additive Varn Super Rubber Rejuvenator (Gal) Superior Matte Overprint Varnish Wax Free
superio_elite_process_black_ink Superior Elite MT Process Black Ink varn_fountain_pure_filter
Varn Fountain Pure Filter
Our Price: $45.50
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] 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 Ellite LT Dense Black Superior Elite MT Dense Black Printing Press Ink superior_elite_pantone_yellow_printing_press_ink
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. Superior Elite LT Process Yellow Ink is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses.
superior_elite_pantone_yellow_printing_press_ink superior_elite_process_magenta_printing_press_ink DRD-9181 Superior Elite Mt Process Magenta Ink
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. Elite is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses.
MBE-7754 Superior Elite LT Process Cyan Ink MBE-7810 Superior Elite MT Process Cyan Ink Superior Elite Neutral Black Printing Press Ink
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. Elite is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses.
Nikken QSD-III Fountain Solution Hamada DU34 Series Blanket MBA-1000 Superior Elite Process Blue Ink
Extreme QSD-III is engineered to run with todays sophisticated CtP plate workflows and is without compromise on quality. Hamada 248 Series Blanket Superior Elite Process Blue Ink [5.1 lbs]
MRA-1000 Superior Elite Warm Red Printing Ink Standard Digital Duplicator Gray HQ Ink DRA-1000 Superior Elite Rubine Red Printing Ink
Superior Elite Warm Red Ink [5.4 lbs] Digital Duplicator "Type VII" Gray HQ Ink [1000ml] Superior Elite Rubine Red Ink [5.2 lbs]
AirtechSpray Powder 10lbs Spinks Quickset Intense Black Printing Press Ink Spinks Acrylic EZ Flow Black
AirtechSpray Powder 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.
Superior Elite Reflex Blue Sakurai 58 Series Blanket & Under Superior Matte Overprint Varnish W-2278
Elite is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses. Sakurai 58 Series Blanket & Under with FSF Bar Overprint Varnish
MGA-1000 Superior Elite Green Printing Ink Royal Pantone Gold 874 (2.5 lbs) Royal Pantone Gold 875 (2.5 lbs)
Superior Elite Green Ink [5.5 lbs] Superior Royal Pantone (R) Gold 874 Superior Royal Pantone (R) Gold 875
Royal Pantone Copper 876 (2.5 lbs) Sakurai 66 Series Blanket & Under Royal Pantone Gold 871 Ink
Superior Royal Pantone (R) Gold 876 Sakurai 66 Series Apollo Blanket & Under with FSF Bars Superior Royal Pantone (R) Gold 871
Royal Pantone Gold 872 (2.7 lbs) Superior Royal Pantone Gold 873 (2.7 lbs) Nikken SilverPoly Fountain Solution
Superior Royal Pantone (R) Gold 872 Superior Royal Pantone (R) Gold 873 One-step fountain solution specifically designed for use with all types of silver-imaged polyester, paper and metal plates
Hamada 52 Series Blanket & Under Set Superior_Elite_Violet_Printing_Press_Ink Superior_Elite_Purple_Printing_Press_Ink
Hamada 52 Series Unison Blanket & Under with LHSF Bars Superior Elite Violet Ink is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses. Superior Elite Purple Ink [5.4 lbs] Elite is a fast setting, stay-open process set that performs well on a vast array of presses.
Superior Elite Rhodamine Red Ink V-253 Blanket Wash (5 gal,pail) Varn Absolute 6036 ALC Sub
V-253 Blanket Wash (5 gal,pail)
Our Price: $150.56
Sale Price: $144.90
Superior Elite Rhodamine Red Ink [5.5 lbs] V-253 Blanket Wash (5 gal,pail) Varn Absolute 6036 ALC Sub (5-Gal)
California Wash Pail varn_v-120_blanket_wash silver_digiplate_SDP_FR100_13
Varn California Wash [5 Gallon]
Our Price: $159.90
Sale Price: $153.29
Silver Digiplate FR100 4m 13" 725
Our Price: $261.13
Sale Price: $219.99
California wash is a great blanket & roller wash. Easily clean your press and keep your equipment in great shape! California Wash is one of MSL's Eco Friendly products. Wash V-120 is a special blend of solvents and cleansers formulated to quickly and thoroughly clean and rejuvenate lithographic blankets; rubber, composition and synthetic rollers. Silver Digiplate polyester based plate material. Used for making plates for printing presses.
TDR12246725G Thermal Digiplate 12 inch Mitsubishi_silver_digiplate_RR175_12 TDR133246725 Thermal Digiplate Material 13.3
TDP-R175-8ML PAPER 12 X 246 SPEC 725 Silver Digiplate paper based plate material. For making plates for printing presses. TDP-R175-8ML Thermal Digiplate Material 12 X 246 SPEC 725
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Silver Digiplate polyester based plate material. Used for making plates for printing presses. Silver Digiplate polyester based plate material. Used for making plates for printing presses. Silver Digiplate polyester based plate material. Used for making plates for printing presses.
FRS713320072 FRS175 13.3 Spec 725 silver_digiplate_SDP_FRS_13 FRs713320015 SDPFRS175 13.3 Spec 1520
Silver Digiplate polyester based plate material. Used for making plates for printing presses. Silver Digiplate polyester based plate material. Used for making plates for printing presses. Silver Digiplate polyester based plate material. Used for making plates for printing presses.
FRS713382015 SDP FRS175 13.3/8 1520 Silver Digiplate FRM175 16.125 1520 silver_digiplate_SDP_FRS_15_75
Silver Digiplate FRS175 8m 20-3/32 Spec 1520
Our Price: $399.92
Sale Price: $336.00
Silver Digiplate polyester based plate material. Used for making plates for printing presses. Silver Digiplate polyester based plate material. Used for making plates for printing presses. Silver Digiplate polyester based plate material. Used for making plates for printing presses.
   
 

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.