Anatomy of a Linotype

Assembly

Linotype Assembly Mechanism
FEATURES of the Linotype Assembly Mechanism taken from “Linotype Leadership” published in 1930 by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company.

1 – Swinging Keyboard
2 – Removable Keyboard cams
3 – Single Power-Driven Keyboard
4 – Keyboard Lock
5 – Escapement
6 – Die-Cut Cams and One-Piece Yoke
7 – Keyboard Rubber Roll
8 – Complete Bank of Key Bars Removable as a Unit
9 – Assembler Front
10 – Assembler Entrance Cover
11 – Geared Assembler Drive
12 – Offset Assembling Elevator
13 – Endless Matrix Delivery Belt
14 – Assembler with Quick-Removable Star Wheel
15 – Rapid Change of Measure
16 – Line Delivery Carriage
17 – Assembler Slide Roller Bearing
18 – Assembling Elevator
19 – Adjustable Spaceband Key
20 – Linotype Spaceband and Slide
21 – Four Thicknesses of Spacebands

Casting

Linotype casting mechanism

FEATURES of the Linotype Casting Mechanism taken from “Linotype Leadership” published in 1930 by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company.

22 – Left Hand Vice Jaw Adjustment
23 – Auxiliary Line Safety
24 – Matrix Retaining Pawls
25 – Linotype Electric Pot
26 – Short Line Safety
27 – Pot Pump Plunger
28 – Linotype Pot Mouthpiece
29 – Adjustable Pot Leg Bearings
30 – Anti-Friction Roller Bearings
31 – Water-Cooled Mold Disk
32 – Quick-Change Liners
33 – Back Mold Wiper
34 – Wide Back Knife
35 – Inclined Galley
36 – Linotype Knife Block
37 – Universal Ejector Blade
38 – Linotype Knife Wiper
39 – Mold Disk Locking Stud Block

Distribution

Linotype distribution mechanism

FEATURES of the Linotype Distribution Mechanism taken from “Linotype Leadership” published in 1930 by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company.

40 – Second Elevator Guide
41 – Adjustable Intermediate Channel Front Plate
42 – Second Elevator Starting Spring
43 – Cushion Spring for Distributor Shifter Slide
44 – Matrix Lift Stop
45 – Automatic Font Distinguisher

Distributor mechanism

46 – Anchored Channel Entrance Partitions
47 – Two-Pitch Distributor Screw with Spiral Automatic
48 – Two-Speed Distributor Drive
49 – Flexible Pi Tube
50 – Automatic Sorts Stacker
51 – Simple Multiple Distributor

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