The History of the Screw Press

13 Jun, 2018

Britain is famed for her industrial period, but one piece of machinery that pre-dated our technological advance, as early as 1660, is still with us today.

After the Restoration put Charles II on the throne, the screw press found itself in high demand for the minting process. Advances in technology, and perhaps a need to strengthen the new government’s image, meant that the old system of hand held dies to create coinage was left behind.

Enter the Screw Press.

Since its first use, the Screw Press has enjoyed a long and interesting history of use. The 19th century witnessed a dramatic increase in the use of street nameplates in turn boosting the use of screw press technology, specifically the fly-press.

Operated by hand, the fly-press is the simplest of all the presses as it uses a pair of fly weights at the end of a bar.

The sturdy and industrial nature of the product that the fly-press creates is demonstrated by its continued use for the creation of street nameplates even today. This, as well as their longevity of life makes these machines pivotal in the creation of GB Sign Solutions’ die-pressed products, which not only includes street nameplates but products for the rail industry such as traction bonds and more.

GB’s continuous creation of street nameplates now spans 80 years with our own team of sign professionals.

As a direct manufacturer to local authorities, the traditional die-pressed method of street nameplate makes the finished product virtually indestructible.

Added to that, the ongoing use of such a piece of machinery as this, provides a historical link to those who first used the press for minting and those who use it in our factory today.