FAG Control 525

‹The FAG Control 525 has the few cm or inches more than you often need.› FAG Control 405/525 order sheet, around 1968

The FAG Control 525 and FAG Swissproof 52 are the medium sized proofpresses built in Avenches, Switzerland. The FAG Control 525 is a pecision testpress for high quality proofs delivered by printers, for fine repro-proofs from hot metal composition and for single and multicolor proofs delivered by process engravers. 

Remove the bottleneck in the proving section

More color proofs in less time. Equipped with a power driven cylinder (MC or MVA) they could run up to 300–400 proofs per hour. Universal register plate to lock up and  print 4 or 2 platees of the same colour from 4 or 2 different color sets. Easy change over to print full size plates with the same base.

As well as with the FAG Control 405, there was a lot of standard and optional equipment to come with the FAG Control 525.


Pressbed size: 525x720mm
Paper size: 520x720mm
Form size: 520x720mm
Press size (l/w/h): 2.7 / 0.97 / 1.1m
Press weight: Fixed bed: 900kg / adjustable bed: 1200kg
Standard equipment: LAR, ME
Optional equipment: AR, BRO, CP, DAS, DCC, ES, FRS, MC, MR, MVA, RFP, SAF/PMA, SAM, SR, SSL, TC
Number of presses built: 400–500
Serial numbers: 03.xx.xxx
Built in factory: Avenches, Switzerland
First / last press delivered: 1962 / 1886
Price range: 30'000 – 40'000CHF
Known presses still in use: 12

Download files*

FAG Control 525; FAG Control 525-MRS; Instruction Manual (de)
FAG Control 525; FAG Control 525-MRS; Parts Catalog
FAG Swiss Proof 52; FAG Control 525-MRS; 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 525

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+ cascioeditore, Lugano, Switzerland
+ Druckwerkstatt, Lenzburg, Switzerland
+ edition carpe plumbum, Leipzig, Germany
+ Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
+ Grafička radionica ABAco, Nova Gradiska, Croatia
+ Hand & Eye Letterpress, London, United Kingdom
+ Le Solitaire, Alizay, France
+ Martin Thönen, Atelier TypoPresse + Holzschnittatelier, Bern + Schmitten, Switzerland
+ Matijevic Blister, Gornji Milanovac, Serbia
+ Miriam Grech-Cumbo, Johannesburg, South Africa
+ Museum für Druckkunst, Leipzig, Germany
+ OFFICINA HELVETICA, Biel, Switzerland
+ R.B. Typolab (BfGZ/ZHdK), Zürich, Switzerland
+ Tehniški Muzej Slovenije, Ljubljana, Slovenia