bickel heilbronn creasing and perforation combs

I received my new/used perforating creasing machine very exited. I was wondering if any one knows where to find an instruction manual ? (bickel heilbronn) Also the combs for perforating stamps are pretty sticky. Is there a way to clean them and a way lube them without grease so they perf smoother?

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The well tried and tested method for this application Was/Is *Dry* lubrication via the use of Graphite Powder.

In the print trade. often sourced from the Typesetting Dept as used on the Linotype/Intertype, for cleaning & LUBRICATING the spacebands.
Purchased On line in tiny amounts (plastic bottles) as little as $2, dollars.!
The method for use would be just lay a line of Graphite along and under the entire rack of the Pins (in the up position of course) no more than 1/4” wide and then by hand, cycle the M/c very slowly to bring the Pins/Punches down and into the receivers, a certain (minute) amount of graphite will end up in the pan that catches the perforations, operation repeated several times, if necessary, the feel of the friction will gradually improve,??

+ if access can be observed, a small amount of graphite on each side & On Top of the Cross Beam that carries entire comb.
Then finally, >vacuum< the residue off inc. the perforations tray..

Have you tried punching waxed paper? Might clean and wax the pins and holes at the same time.

Something the manufacturers of these machines would sell, waxed paper…

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I don’t have any direct experience with pin-perforators, but I do have a lot of general bindery machinery experience. I would also go with something other than graphite. Graphite is an excellent lubricant but it would stain every sheet of paper passed through the perforator. Oils would tend to do the same.

Besides wax paper you could also try Drill-Ease wax sticks. They’re used to lubricate hollow-bit paper drills. You could rub one along the pin-holes, run the perforator a few times, and then wipe everything down and/or perf some waste stock to remove excess wax.

Another, more modern option would be spray silicone lubricant. We use this on the bed of our guillotine cutter at my day job to let the sheets slide more easily. As with the Drill-Ease, a good spray of this on the pin-holes and pins, followed by cycling the perforator a few times and finished up by wiping down or perfing several throw-away sheets to remove any excess lubricant would likely work very well.

Michael Hurley
Titivilus Press
Memphis, TN

Spray silicone will work, but be very careful if your bindery is in the same space as your printing pressroom. Atomized silicone can cause all types of inking problems. The waxed paper will lubricate the pins where they enter the matching die, but not where the pins go through the guide block. A quick application of silicone there will do a good job.

John Henry
Cedar Creek Press

thanks all- I think I will do a good cleaning with solvent and try the silicon after it evaporates. I have used that for folding, but didn’t think for perforation. The waxpaper from the manufacturer wow and cool-