Blue Streak Comet

The material on this page is taken from a brochure published in circa 1960 by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company. The brochure showcased the company’s latest machines and innovations, including the Linofilm System.

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Linotype’s exclusive Mat-Glide System smoothly speeds the circulation of matrices, the key to profitable high-speed production. Mat-Glide also assures the smooth action that preserves matrix life as well as the machine itself . . . and assures trouble free operation at maximum speeds.

The new, two-magazine Blue Streak Comet Linotype is the fast straight matter machine.

In addition to turning out the highest production of any other straight matter machine, it has new design features that make it smoother than ever at high speeds.

The key to fast production is the speed at which the matrices travel, and the Comet’s new Mat-Glide System guarantees top speed.

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The Blue Streak Comet can’t be beat for day in and day out volume production of news, market, tabular matter, classifieds, catalogs and book composition.
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The Comet’s steep magazine angle, combined with the resultant shorter matrix drop and one-piece keyboard action, speeds delivery of matrices.

This new system – encompassing changes in the second elevator, delivery slide and transfer mechanisms – contributes to smoother operation, as well as longer matrix life.

And the Comet’s new trigger-action distributor clutch has added sensitivity and simplicity, plus an automatic re-starting feature after the distributor is stopped by opening the channel entrance or when the magazines are fanned.

Distributor clutch
The Comet’s new extra-sensitive distributor clutch gives extra matrix protection because it’s specifically designed to prevent matrix damage at all operating speeds.

In addition to all these new Airflow transfer and spaceband mechanisms that smooth operation, a new pot with Linotronic controls is available on Comets. This gives more positive metal temperature control, better accessibility and requires less maintenance.

Designed for trouble-free high-speed operation by tape at speeds up to 12 lines a minute, the Comet is ideal for manual operation, too, thanks to its smooth, easy-touch keyboard.

Feather touch keyboard, steep magazine angle and instant matrix response help make the Blue Streak Comet the most productive linecasting machine in the world. Simplified construction means less maintenance and downtime. These features – plus many new improvements, and all at moderate initial investment – make the Comet a must where speedy production is concerned.

Designed for trouble-free high-speed operation by tape at speeds up to 12 lines a minute, the Comet is ideal for manual operation, too, thanks to its smooth, easy-touch keyboard.

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The Comet’s swinging front, keyboard and easily removable keyrod frame make maintenance easy, and easy accessibility simplifies and encourages routine servicing.

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