🚑  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.

We undertook this project because we are experienced,  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.  

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 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.  

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 50% of the machines as not suitable for use.  

There are few parts available, most come from  salvaged dead machines adding more problems. 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 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 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.



😃  In our  SOUTHERN RETAIL OPERATION in TAMPA FL ,  about Jan 2018  the plan is for four machines we can have running with eighty trays which take 5 minutes each.  Thus in one hour with sorted trays our four machines will process a whopping 3850 slides per hour.   Our other duplicate site is in Atlanta.

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”.  Most of the information printed by others might be judged as bloviently hyper postulation full of bovine excrement.  For those who understand English, someone promising roses is delivering petunias.  Creative bullshit to justify a highly overpriced item for sale.


At 24mp setting the compressed jpeg is 5.856 KB, opened file is 68.7 MB and image size is 6000 X 4000
At 12mp setting the compressed jpeg is 3.552 KB, opened file is 34.4 MB and image size is 4240 X 2832
At 6mp setting the compressed jpeg is 2.240 KB, opened file is 17.2 MB and image size is 3008 X 2000