¶ THIS ILLUSTRATION SHOWS the American style Monotype bridge which holds the matrix case and it's carrier. The carrier positions the matrix to be cast. There are two rods running outwards from the carrier, one sideways to the left, the other to the back of the machine. These rods are moved into position by the locking jaws. The locking jaws are positioned by pins raised by air corresponding to holes in the controller paper.
The centering pin moves downward through the bridge, through the carrier and into the matrix cone hole opposite the face of the matrix. The centering pin holds the matrix gently but firmly on the mould.
Type metal is injected through the nozzle into the mould forming a type. The type is moved by a blade out of the mould into the type channel.
IF THE MATRICE CASE WAS REMOVED, LOOK OUT
¶ THE ENGLISH MONOTYPE ® SYSTEM did not use a bridge as shown above. They had their own. Some say theirs were easier than ours. I know what I was familiar with. I always had to fight with theirs, as I did with their mould oilers. I could have got used to both of them easy enough unlike the English pumps. No, the English pumps weren't like pickles!
I figured you just had to be English? They seemed to like them, familiarity is the key. Theirs was admittedly more simple.
Go figure! What'll they think of next?
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