today. Two types of machine processors are commonly
used in Navy imaging facilities. They are the rotary
drum and the roller transport type of processors.
manufactured by the King Concept Corporation (fig.
processed, the material must first be loaded on stainless
steel reels for roll film or in a plastic basket for sheet
film or paper. Depending on the setup of the processor,
the holding tanks are either filled with chemicals
manually, or they may be filled automatically. The
solutions are then automatically added to and dumped
from the processing drum. The time, temperature, and
solution steps are all controlled by a computer. After the
material is processed, it is then removed from the drum,
squeegeed, and dried.
different processes through the same machine. The
major disadvantage is that the chemicals are dumped
sound and can be costly.
machines, the material being processed moves at a
constant speed by friction. The materials are guided
through the processing solutions by a series of rollers
and rack assemblies. On many processors, a leader tab
must be attached to the beginning of the roll to aid in
pulling the film through the machine.
material must remain in each solution (processing time).
On some automatic processors, the finished, dried,
processed material leaves the processor and is then
automatically cut and sorted.
section contains the developer, fixer, and wash tanks.
The film is then transported through a squeegee
assembly and enters the dryer.
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