SECTION III. TECHNICAL PRINCIPLES OF OPERATION
1-14. PRINCIPLES OF OPERATION. The Printing Plant, Special Warfare, Transportable, is comprised of two S-280
shelters, each mounted on a 2 1/2 ton truck. The Editorial Photomechanical Shelter contains typesetting, art work
preparation, darkroom and plate making capabilities. The Press Shelter contains limited capacity printing and paper
cutting capabilities. For expanded operation, the Modular Printing System (MPS) contains Modules B and C. Refer to
TM 5-3610-303-12&P for camera operating principles, and to TM 5-3610-302-10 for phototypesetter operating principles.
a. MPS Press Section (Module B). Module B is comprised of two Press Sections, each of which is a two-sided
expandable 8' x 8' x 20' tactical rigid wall ISO shelter. Each shelter is equipped with a two-color offset perfecting printing
press, environment controls, sink, lithographic layout cabinet, work tables and storage space for printing supplies.
b. MPS Finishing Section (Module C). Module C is comprised of one Finishing Section which is also a two-sided
ISO shelter equipped with a programmable hydraulic paper cutter, environmental controls, storage cabinets and work
tables. Two ISO-to-ISO connectors allows passage between the three ISO units.
c. Power Requirements and Distribution. Power for the entire system is provided by a 60 KW trailer-mounted
power plant. When operated in a stand-alone configuration without Module B and C, the Printing Plant, Special Warfare,
Transportable has its own power source of two 15 KW generators that are part of the standard configuration. When the
Printing Plant, Special Warfare, Transportable is configured with Modules B and C, the two 15 KW generators are
replaced by the single 60 KW power plant providing power for the entire system. A Power Distribution Box Assembly
provides central power distribution and control to the five units of the MPS.
d. Movement of the Printing Plant. Movement of the Printing Plant, Special Warfare, Transportable is
accomplished by two 2 1/2 ton cargo trucks.
1-15. ADDITIONAL REFERENCE MATERIAL. Detailed information relating to commercial equipment used in the
shelter is available in the respective commercial technical manual listed in Appendix A and will not be repeated in this
manual. Where applicable, the reader will be directed to refer to the appropriate commercial technical manual.