FAG Control 405

‹Presses with fixed or micro adjustable beds, hand or power operated with stepless speed adjustment. Special equipment for photoengra- vers, repro services, lay out, composing rooms and laboratories of ink and paper manufactures.› FAG Control 405/525 order sheet, around 1968

The FAG Control 405 together with the less technisized FAG Swissproof 40 where the most common FAG letterpress proofpresses.

These small sized presses where build to deliver very fast and precise colour proofs. Equipped with a power driven cylinder (MC or MVA) they could run up to 300–400 proofs per hour.

Outstanding features on Test Press FAG Control

Swing away ink distribution giving free acess to inking rolers. Inking rollers with ball bearings. Height adjustement with one single screw. For each colour one set of inking rollers can be stored, ready for use. Wedge type adjustable bed. Height adjustment and effective pringting height are clearly indicated on a large dial with 0.0001“ division.

Cylinder carriage with ball bearings for lateral guidance. Power drive with electronic stepless speed adjustement. Two speed power inking. Accelera- tion for wash-up and ink distribution, normal speed for printing. Feed board with swing away panel as security device. Further securities for power driven presses.

FAG Control 525 with interchangeable steel ways on the machine bed (also with later models of FAG Control 405)


Pressbed size: 405x580mm
Paper size: 400x580mm
Form size: 400x560mm
Press size (l/w/h): 2.3 / 0.86 / 1.2m
Press weight: Fixed bed: 650kg / adjustable bed: 750kg
Standard equipment: LAR, ME
Optional equipment: AR, BRO, CP, DAS, ES, FRS, MC, MR, MVA, RFP, SAF/PMA, SAM, SR, SSL, TC
Number of presses built: ~1200
Serial numbers: 02.xx.xxx
Built in factory: Avenches, Switzerland
First / last press delivered: 1962 / 1991
Price range: 20'000 – 30'000CHF
Known presses still in use: 15

Download files*

FAG Control 405; Instruction Manual (de)
FAG Control 405; Parts Catalog

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Please note: for all automatic presses (Control and Swiss Proof Models) it is critical to first identify the generation of the electrical controls: SF1, SF2, SF3 or SF4. Though the schemas might look similar—they are not. An SF3 schema won't be good to fix the electical controls of an SF4 press!

Shop / Studios still working with the FAG Control 405

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+ Alan Qualtrough, Plymouth, United Kingdom
+ Andante Handpresse, Berlin-Friedrichshagen, Germany
+ babyinktwice, Zürich+Glarus, Switzerland
+ Begiaundi Press, San Sebastian, Spain
+ Carissimo Letterpress, Vienna, Austria
+ Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London, United Kingdom
+ Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland
+ Druckwerkstatt, Lenzburg, Switzerland
+ El Calotipo Printing Studio, Zaragoza, Spain
+ Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain
+ F+F, Zürich, Switzerland
+ Graficki Atelje Mrakuzic, 10430 Samobor, Croatia
+ Graphos, Uster, Switzerland
+ HBKsaar, Saarbrücken, Germany
+ Hermann Bob Gelzer, Lenzburg, Switzerland
+ HKB Druckatelier, Bern, Switzerland
+ Lilla Tryckeriet, Stockholm, Sweden
+ Maschinenraum, Berlin, Germany
+ Met Regelmaat, 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord Brabant, Netherlands
+ MIAT museum, Ghent, Belgium
+ Museum für Druckkunst, Leipzig, Germany
+ OFFICINA HELVETICA, Biel, Switzerland
+ Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom
+ R.B. Typolab (BfGZ/ZHdK), Zürich, Switzerland
+ Rainbow, Sachsen, Germany
+ Romano Hänni, Studio for Design, Letterpress Shop, Basel, Switzerland
+ Stamperia 74b, Milano, Italy
+ Strong Arm Press, Brisbane, Australia
+ Tasmania Polytechnic, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
+ The Print Faculty, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
+ Typorama, Bischofszell, Switzerland