FAG Standard 510

‹The machine with its modern design and construction is well established in the printing field and the allied trades, such as ink and paper manufacturers and process houses. The care and thought put into the manufacturing of the press provides everything for a speedy, accurade working.› FAG Standard catalog, early 1950ies.

The early FAG Standard Models (510 and 550 with its styles TP, AP, CP, LP and RP) where probably based on similar Vandercook models like Vandercook No. 4. They were produced in Singen, Germany. The FAG Standard 510 and the Standard 550 (with adjustable bed) was built in 5 different styles and all of these models could be equipped with a power driven cylinder and lots of more optional equipment. 


Test Press for the letterpress printer for proofing and testing of individual form elements or pages, producing of customer pulls, making of overlays, progressive pulls, etc. Cylinder packing 1mm.


Modern cylinder proofing press for the process house, stereotyper or electrotyper. Pulls are made on production press principle giving a true image and guide to the customer. Cylinder packing 1mm.

Though available on all models, the optional register base plate RFP, vacuum register plate with vacuum pump PLA/VAK, swing out hand frisket frame HFF and the automatic frisket AFR have been specially desinged for the AP-510 and AP-550.


This press is equipped with a special attachement to make one or both sides prinded pulls on transparent material, which is used as printing down medium in offset, photographure and Dow-etch. This press can also be used for all letterpress work, if rubber blanket is exchanged with hard cylinder pakcing. Cylinder packin 1.75mm


Equipped with high polished tension roller for use with H-2 Typefilm. The one sinde printed H-2, easily and speedily produced, is an outstanding printing down medium for offset, photogravure and Dow-etch. With hard cylinder packing dressing mounted, the press is also used for all letterpress work. Cylinder pakcing 1.75mm. Later, this press has been canceled and the TP-510 has been used for printing H-2 Typefilm.


Specially equipped for work in research and test laboratories, e.g. ink and paper manufacturers. By changing to offset rubber blanket, testrs with indirect printing can also be made. Cylinder packing 1.75mm.

Though available on all models, the optional split steel rider unit and the center side lay have been specially desinged for the LP-510 and LP-550.

Standard 510 vs. 550

The FAG Standard Models 510 and 550 vary only in the adjustable bed that came with the Standard 550. All models TP, AP, CP, RP and LP would exist as a Standard 510 and also as a Standard 550. Also all of these models could be optional equipped with a power driven cylinder!

The inking system with that early clutch system (pretty similar to the Vandercooks No 4) has been modified in several steps during the years.


Pressbed size: 384x540mm
Paper size: 370x530mm
Form size: 375x500mm
Press size (l/w/h): 1.9 / 1.1 / 0.8m
Press weight: 640kg
Standard equipment: ME
Optional equipment: AFR, BRO, DAS, ES, FRS, HFF, LAR, MC, PLA/VAK, RFP, SR, SSL, TC
Number of presses built:
Serial numbers:
Built in factory: Singen, Germany
First / last press delivered: 1946–1962
Price range: 12'550–20'000CHF (~1960)
Known presses still in use: 15

Download files*

FAG Standard 510; FAG Standard 550; Instruction Manual (de)
FAG Standard 510; FAG Standard 550; Assembling Instructions (de) (fr)
FAG Standard 510; FAG Standard 550; Parts Catalog
FAG Standard 510; FAG Standard 550; Accessories

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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 Standard 510

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+ Atelier It Plein 19, Easterlittens, Netherlands
+ Chiemgauer Stahlstich Manufaktur, Gstadt am Chiemsee, Germany
+ Die Lettertypen, Berlin, Germany
+ Druckwerkstatt Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel, Germany
+ edition carpe plumbum, Leipzig, Germany
+ F+F, Zürich, Switzerland
+ Manufaktur Neublei, Kassel, Germany
+ Mediadesign Hochschule Berlin, Berlin, Germany
+ Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg, Germany
+ Museum für Druckkunst, Leipzig, Germany
+ P98a, Berlin, Germany
+ Type & Press, Gent, Belgium
+ Umtrieb, Kiel, Germany
+ Union Street Printmakers, Adelaide, Australia