September 13, 2016 was our press check at Amp Printing in Pleasanton California for the new books. Quentin Eckman took good care of our project on the press. Greg Lingenfelder kept the skids greased for us (and provided pastries!
We got off to an inauspicious start with something preventing one of the black plates from printing. But this gave Kate and me a chance to appreciate the massive press.
Quentin got things sorted out quickly and sheets started rolling off.
Naturally we caught one more problem with the files. While I coordinated the second proof I missed the fact that we had made a correction on one of the images to remove a bit of the frame edge. That required a new plate.
With the new plate in place we fiddled back and forth a bit getting things just right.
We signed off and headed for home. Quentin told us the Heildelberg has sensors that check the ink density across the page every four sheets and it automatically adjusts to maintain the settings that we determined.
Later today they'll print our title pages on another press. And tomorrow they'll cut the job. Friday we can start binding.