In our  SOUTHERN RETAIL OPERATION in TAMPA BAY, FL  the operation is in full swing with three of our commercial high-speed machines we will have running with eighty and one hundred forty trays.   

Thus in one hour with sorted trays our three machines handle 2400 to 4000 slides per hour with loaded trays.  The fourth machine is the oversize and thick slide Phoenix  machine will process a whopping  400 slides per hour manually on a good day. 

Scan speed is mostly a product of the cameras internals like buffer size, sensor size, file size  and very little any kind of programing.  Just common sense “bigger sensor is critical and much better for digital scanning”.    We build our machines and have since the seventies.  Many, we built for friends in the industry.  There are similar machines on the market for several (about 4000 plus ) dollars.  Ours were less than half that and did the same if not a better job.  They stole a lot of our ideas. They have copied a lot of our features.


🚑    I get a couple calls a week from those wanting to build their own machines.  I am not encouraging anyone to make this a Do-It -Yourself project.   Just too many things can, and usually will go wrong resulting in loss of currency and possibly fingers.   (DIY)

•  I will not for liability reasoning offer any suggestions, clues, or repairs, not because I am a mean person, and not because I am unwilling to share, because this is a dangerous puppy if you don’t know what you are doing.  High voltage, 240 AC, very sharp metal, confusing construction, fifty springs and joints, gauge tools you don’t have and so forth.

•  Someone in Oshkosh won’t effect my bottom line in competition,  but because, of the liability issue and I don’t know you.   Anything else about photography, the photo industry equipment or gear, I’ll give you all the time you need in helping basically for free,  but not with these puppies, think of them as a Fer-de -Lance.

•  I undertook this project because I am experienced, I having worked on them all my natural life, and a knowledge base of the product we have serviced for decades and comfortable working with both high voltage analog and digital componentry in the Carousels.  I have fixed and repaired all these machines for decades.  If you are not familiar with the Carousels internals, few are, few have looked at them in years, and even fewer know how to fix them,  a strong word of caution here is to let us do it.  

•  These are  extremely complex mechanical, servo-motor driven high voltage combinations in the projector world with thirty to forty variants with, as we have found, similarities outweighed by changes.  Thus we treat each machine independently to stabilize it for our project on an individual basis.  Another problem is it’s all exposed inside and shorts of a high nature do occur and this unit is a capacitor driven 240-V rig.  

•  You have been warned.  The transformation is long and involves everything from metal cutting, soldering or welding, and a working knowledge of electrical components from a different era and board work in addition to computer based ARDUINO computer knowledge.  Conversion of power supplies and the resulting LED array.

•  These machines circa 1979’s to 2004 used very open and unprotected circuitry in its design, for cooling and never expecting anyone to delve into one other than a certified technician.    Though KODAK spelled out the need for servicing their machines few ever paid attention to their corporate recommendations.  Our vetting process eliminates approximately 70% of the machines as not suitable for use, most we get never had a service mark on them so we have to service what they missed.  There are over 50 places to simply lubricate, mainly buried.

•  There are very few parts available, most come from  salvaged dead machines, most with the same problems of the one you are trying to fix. Adding more problems to the mix because shipping is not cheap on these things.  Since most of the glitches were common to a year or model, one machine had the same problems yours had.   Because we gut the machines we basically add our new parts and rebuild.  There are many uncovered, very sharp blood letting stamped metal parts that will cut you. 

•  Also, possible really bad burns from the motor when it gets hot or possibly you might get shocked.  These are pure AC machines at 240 volts with capacitors.  Tingles are a sign something is wrong.   

•  Adjustments to the slide transfer module were based on a myriad of springs, pinned actions, and metal bent to the right angle as an adjustment.   Bend one the wrong way even by degrees and it stops.  Over twenty springs of every possible size makes it happen, lose one spring and it stops.  

•  Don’t get me wrong, this was incredible 50-60-70’s-80’s-90’s technology and I have to modify a fair amount of the machine (50%) to newer technology and today, for parts it’s basically Peter to Paul.  On some models... Peter is well… petered out.  And few if any spare peters running around with 240 volts in them.