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CUE TimeSaver Installation

Bring the Timesaver around drum

Removal instructions

Removal example

Grinding instructions

CUE TimeSaver Installation & Rotation Guide


Tools required for installation and rotation      

  • T-Handle Allen wrench
  • Dead-blow hammer
  • C.U.E. pry bar tool

Notice: for safety, always remove cutting dies before installation or rotation

Important: Timesaver rotary die blankets are made to precise dimensions for a tight fit. Please remove any debris from the cylinder and keyway before beginning installation. Also, make sure both the keyway and cylinder are free of burrs. Burrs, especially in the keyway, can cause difficulty installing the Timesavers. Burrs can be quickly removed with a file.

Always begin installation of the first Timesaver blankets at the center of the anvil cylinder and then work towards the ends (see Figure 1).

Figure 1


Step 1: Bolt the steel angle down

Center the slot in the steel angle end of the Timesaver blanket over the tapped hole in the keyway (see Figure 2).

Bolt the angle down using the button-head screws supplied with the Timesaver blanket.

Important: use only the screws supplied.

Hand tighten with an Allen T-wrench. Do not over torque (see Figure 2).

Note: Dual Width Timesaver blankets require two screws per blanket.

Figure 2: Angle; Screw; T-Handle Allen wrench; Anvil cylinder; Blanket

Step 2: Bring the Timesaver around drum

Wrap the lock-bar end around the anvil cylinder until it is completely over the keyway. Line up the edges of the Timesaver before locking the blanket (see Figure 3).

Figure 3: Front view; Edges lined up     

Step 3: Lock the Timesaver in place

The Timesaver is locked by simply striking down on the lock bar end with a dead-blow urethane hammer (3-4 lbs.). Start at one side and then work across to the other side, making sure that the edges are lined up. When the Timesaver is locked properly, the blanket surface should be flush over the keyway (see Figure 4).

Figure 4: Side view; Flush

Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 for remaining blankets.

Note: Timesaver blankets can be installed in either rotation direction.


Step 1: Insert the pry bar tool under the lock bar*

Insert the pry bar tool under the lock bar in the cylinder keyway area only (see Figure 5).

Figure 5: Anvil cylinder; Timesaver blanket; Insert C.U.E. pry bar tool here
* Important: use only the C.U.E. pry bar tool to remove the Timesaver blanket. Failure to do so will result in permanent blanket damage.
Caution: Do not insert a prying device between the anvil cylinder and any portion of the Timesaver blanket except in the keyway area. Prying in other areas will deform the blanket’s steel backing, causing blanket damage.

Step 2: Pry up to unlock the Timesaver

Pry up on the lock bar to release the blanket from the keyway (see Figure 6).

Figure 6

Step 3: Unbolt the Timesaver from the anvil keyway

Remove the button-head screw from the keyway using an Allen T-wrench. Then remove the blanket from the cylinder (see Figure 7).

Figure 7

Note: Dual Width Timesaver blankets require removal of two screws per blanket.

Step 4: Remove the remaining Timesaver blankets
Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 to remove the remaining Timesaver blankets.

Rotation schedule

Suggested Timesaver rotations
  • To maximize blanket life and cutting quality, Timesaver blankets must be rotated on a regular basis. CUE recommends rotation Timesaver every 100,000 impressions or once a week, wichever comes first. More frequent rotations promote increased blanket life and cutting quality.


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