About Us

Dedicated to Quality

American Press Technologies, Inc. (APT) was established in February of 1996 to serve the printing industry. Since its founding, APT has been dedicated to delivering a quality product to all of its clients regardless of the size of the company or the scope of the project.

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APT was founded to provide the printing industry with a source for improved control systems for older equipment. With recent changes in technology, often the control systems become obsolete long before the “mechanics” of the machine. With the control system typically representing only 10% of machine cost, there are significant economic rewards to updating control systems. Bottom line: a new control system and minor repairs can generate 90% of the benefit of a new machine at 10% of the cost.


APT believes that the most successful equipment projects are executed by people who are not just engineers but people who also have real-world experience in manufacturing. Our personnel have experience in manufacturing leadership, project engineering, process control, and maintenance management. We have expertise in printing (offset, gravure, Flexo), die-cutting (rotary and flatbed), sheeting, laminating, coating, windowing, gluing and stretch wrapping.

Attention to Detail

At APT, we pay close attention to the details, so you don't have to. It is readily apparent in our planning and documentation – true hallmarks of APT's work. Our close attention to every detail in the engineering, planning, and installation of a project makes for smooth operation and simplified maintenance. Simply put, our equipment is reliable and cost-effective.

Wide Range

APT is not limited to working on just one type or one brand of equipment. The equipment utilized in the printing industry is composed of material feeders (sheet feed, unwinds, etc.), material processors (print units, coaters, die cutters, dryers, etc.), and material collectors (deliveries, rewinds, etc.). Regardless of the machine, the control needs are similar. Larger equipment means more horsepower or more units to control. The controller's job is about controlling and coordinating the function of these individual units.

Single Source

While APT's focus is on repairing and upgrading electrical controls, we also take care of the mechanical parts needed to integrate the new controls; no need for you to coordinate with multiple vendors.

Project Size

APT's largest project was to design and install a new control system for an 8 ½ color 64" wide sheetfed board press, demonstrating our ability to handle very large projects. At the other end of the range, we have provided the drive and motor to control a single coating roll. No project is too large for us to handle or too small for us to be interested in. All size projects are handled with the same dedication to your success.


Carl Tobey

Carl Tobey
President and Founder

Carl Tobey

Carl apprenticed at an early age in his parent’s printing business. He is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a major in Printing Technology. Before founding APT, he held various positions in manufacturing and maintenance management within a large graphic arts company. In those positions, he was responsible for major equipment rebuilds, relocation projects, and day-to-day production.