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Slide Mounting and Imprinting

The next model up, the P180-1, is recommended for very high volume professional and commercial color labs. Using the same mount, it is also designed not to touch the face of the film. It offers two speeds—75 frames/min. and 180 frames/min.—and is said to have virtually-silent operation. What makes this model stand out, according to Tutsch, is its ability to deal with the side-to-side curl that occurs in dip-and-dunk processing. "A lot of models don't deal well with the curl in film—they get stuck in the mount and won't mount straight," she says. "[This model] can mount without damaging the film."

The third model, for medium sized labs, is the Gemini slide mounter and imprinter. It features 50 frame/min. speed and an inline, two line imprinter that can date and number up to 999.

Pic-Mount has also invested in new tooling for a closed plastic professional mount called the MT 1.30. It works on the Gemini, on older models such as the Mercury and on all Pakon models. In addition, the company continues to make the dual-hinged Plasti-Mount, which, due to two smaller hinges rather than one large one, Tutsch says it will alleviate buckling problems.

The MP-2000 standalone slide printer works with an IBM compatible computer. It will print up to eight lines of text in black or red ink and has convenient caption retrieval capability. It is designed with an adjustable printhead so it can easily be switched from cardboard to plastic mounts right in the lab.

Pic-Mount also manufacturers a complete line of paperboard and plastic slide boxes. Custom imprinting of logos and other information can be done on any mounts or boxes at the Pic-Mount factory before shipping. Finally, the company is the exclusive U.S. distributor of the Italian manufacturer Tecnodia line of automatic and semi-automatic slide mounters.

A Pro Spin
Think Inc. of West Mifflin, PA, is not in the 35mm mass market business but they carry medium to large format mounts for the professional photography and stock agencies. They offer both black and white mounts for 4 x 5 sheets down to 645 format, and all have uniform eternal dimensions of 4 x 5 for consistent and professional-looking filing and presentations regardless of the film size.

All the mounts are sealed by hand, explains Mark Anderson, national Sales and Marketing director. The beauty of it is that it's simply folded over and run between the thumb and the forefinger. An aggressive adhesive that bonds only to itself seals it (and alerts you if anyone tampers with it), and it does not interact with the film emulsion or base of film, so no residue is left on the film.

The black is good for presentations to a client. "Use it to put your best foot forward and really 'wow' them," says Anderson. The white is more cost effective and is best used for filing and storing volumes of various formats. Think Inc. also does custom imprinting of logos and text for stock agencies.

Two-Piece Advantage
Allentown, PA-based Loersch Corp.'s biggest production machine is the DMF 2000. A variable speed machine, it can mount 50 to 200 frames/min. It also can imprint three lines of text with its inline imprinter and can box or sleeve.

The Model 1500 is their next lower-volume machine. Also dual speed, it's capable of 100 to 150 frames/min. It can also imprint three lines and box or sleeve. For lower volume labs, Loersch's Mini-Mounter and the Super Mini series both do 50 frames/min. along with the above features. The SAM machine, optimal for minilabs, can do about 28 slides/min.
Their standalone imprinters are available in two models: the low volume machine can print 20 slides/min; the high volume 200 slides/min. Both can imprint up to eight lines.

Loersch Quickpoint grey/white mounts come in three different thicknesses—1.4mm, 1.9mm and 2.5mm. "We're a two-piece mount, while the others are one-piece mounts. This gives us some advantage," notes general manager Bob Kreger. "The bottom piece has a pressure-sensitive adhesive that allows it to transport the film through the equipment, usually locking by pin, and thus eliminating any scratching possibilities." Time-sensitive clients like advertising agencies, movie theaters, etc. also have the option of color coding the mounts.

Unique One-Piece Design
"We have a unique one-piece mount," notes Pakon's Sales manager Greg Linhoff. "Most have a hinge that has to be closed. Ours you just open the edge and place the film in. The plastic has memory and shuts itself. They need no sealing mechanism."

The Minnetonka, MN company is also working on the development of a hybrid plastic-reinforced cardboard mount—the Pakon Cardboard Plus—which they expect to be ready this fall. The edge of the mount is sealed with a pressure-sensitive glue that is sealed with a pinch roller. "A big advantage will be a higher production rate," says Linhoff. While older models use heat sealers that can produce about 45-50 slides/min., he explains, this type of mounting can operate at speeds up to three times faster—producing about 170 slides/min.