SideKick Tech Manual

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On the left you will find the most common problems that may arise with your processor. Most are easily remedied. However, if you are not able to troubleshoot your particular problem, call Phototherm Tech support, Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30 Pm EST (609) 396- 1456 or Fax (609) 396-9395. You can also  Email us at serve@phototherm.com or go to our web sight, www.phototherm.com, and post a message on the message board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under Developed Looking Slides

If your slides are coming out under developed or "dark", either your temperature is to low or your first developer is weak or diluted

1. Make sure that you are not "flooding" from the processing drum. If during the process the drum starts leaking chemistry, causing it to build up in the area underneath, a contamination is occurring in side the drum. One chemical is being loaded on top the previous solution, causing the newly loaded chemical to weaken . If this condition occurs, the processed film will almost always come out dark or magenta.

Check to document on "Flooding at Drum" to correct this problem

2. If you are not flooding, make sure the temperature is correct in the heating chamber. Run a "Calibrate Temp" from the unit

3. If your temperature is correct, remix first developer

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Leaking At Drum

Flooding at the drum, (excessive dripping at spindle area),is cause by one of two reasons:

1. Level sensors set to high

2. Improper Draining

First check your level sensors for proper adjustment. This procedure is explained in your Manual.

If the levels appear to be correct, check your dump and save (if used) lines. If lines are run incorrectly, they will restrict the flow of solution from the processing drum, causing a incomplete drain.

This in turn will leave solution I the drum thus off setting the capacity of the drum.

First make sure that the ends of the lines are  not under liquid. (Lines are extending to far down in the dump or save containers)

Remove your dump line and replace it with a very short piece of tubing, about 18 inches, and let it dangle over a bucket. Take your largest processing drum and remove the top and insert it in the machine. Fill the drum with water and select " DRAIN " from the plus button on the machine. Repeat this process 4 to 5 times. If the processing drum drains completely at the end of each drain, then the problem is in the way the dump line is run. If the drum does not drain completely, the problem is internal. Something has become lodged in the valve assembly inside the machine. The valve must be disassembled and cleaned out.

Look in the manual for the location of the valve assembly inside the machine. Remember:

UNPLUG MACHINE AND COVER CIRCUIT BOARD

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Flooding from Overflow

Water coming out of your overflow port in the rear of the machine is caused by a restricted flush line.

Check Manuel for proper installation

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Machine does not move from "Heating Preheat" or "Heating Developer" in E6 or C41

If when you first start an E6 or C41 process, the machine does not move from "Heating Preheat" or "Heating Developer", check the status of the display. If the display is bouncing back and forth from "Heat on" to "Heating Preheat" or " Developer ", add 2 ounces of the hottest tap water you have to the heating chamber. You can access it from behind the black door on the right hand side of the machine. If the machine suddenly continues on with the process, this indicates a bad heating chamber and must be replaced.

If the display is indicating one message "Heating Preheat" or " Developer", the selector valve has not successfully made it to its next port. If you have a Linear Selector valve,(13 stainless steel tubes) you must run the "Lube Cycle" about 3 to 4 times. If after lubing, the problem still exists, call Tech Support at PhotoTherm .

If you have a Rotary selector valve,(circular plastic) you may have gotten chemicals on the timing wheel and the selector valve has lost its position. Open unit and inspect the cut aways on the wheel for evidence of any chemical build up. Gently rotate the wheel and use rubbing alcohol and any ridged object to clean of the chemicals in the cut aways

If the problem still exists, call Tech Support at Photo Therm

 

 

Machine wont Initialize-Stuck in Process

Linear selector valve

 

If the SideKick wont initialize or is stuck in a process, and you have a linear selector valve,(13 stainless steel tubes in the rear of the machine), your selector valve is jammed.

You will need to purchase a can of spray silicone.

On the right side of the unit, towards the rear, is a circular plastic cap.

Remove the cap and spray the silicon into the cylinder area of the selector valve. Let set for 10 minutes. Try turning the unit on and see if it will initialize.

If it does not, repeat the process.

If you are successful, Run the lube cycle 4 to 5 times.

If the machine still will not initialize, call Tech Support.

 

 

 

 

Machine wont Initialize-Rotary selector valve

If the SideKick wont initialize and you have a rotary selector valve,

(circular with 18 tubes), the most common cause is chemical build up on the sensor wheel located inside the unit causing it to loose position.

First open the machine and remove the rotary selector valve. Carefully disassemble the valve and clean the wheel and face plate with hot water and soap. Concentrate on cleaning the cutaways on the sensor wheel, located under the triangular pressure plate.

USE ONLY A PAPER TOWEL TO CLEAN PARTS WITH, NOTHING ABRASIVE!

Reassemble the selector valve and mount it back on machine.

Turn unit on. The machine will position the selector valve automatically

 

 

Machine Failure

If the machine indicates machine failure, this usually indicates a bad temperature sensor, a part which can be ordered and installed with ease.

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Muddy Looking Slides

 

If your slides have a "muddy" look to them, this is from under bleaching.  To eliminate other causes, try, in 7 step chemistry, rebleaching your film, in 4 step reblixing. Roll the processed film back on a reel and place the reel in a small container. Fill the container with enough fresh bleach or blix to cover the reel. Let sit for 10 minutes. Remove from the container, wash the film off and dry. If the film clears up, remix the bleach or blix.

If rebleaching had no effect on the look of the film, call phototherm tech support.  

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Chemicals are not picked up by Level Sensors

If the machine will not stop pumping up solution into the heating chamber,

and there's evidence of solution coming out the flush line, you are using distilled or deionized water, which must be changed to regular tap water, or the heating chamber has lost a ground wire from underneath.

To see if this is the case, make sure the heating chamber is full of water.

Select "Drain" from the plus button, then press start. If the pump stops before the heating chamber is empty, the ground wire, a green wire that is soldiered on the underside of the heating chamber to the metal base, has come off. Resolider the wire in the exact spot from which it came off, and retest.

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No Display

The display on the unit is written to independently and has no effect on the machines performance. If the display goes out or you experience garbled wording, the display most likely needs to be replaced.

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Not Recognizing Drum- SK4

The most probable cause of the SK4 not recognizing a drum is a faulty sensor mounted in the unit. For the four roll drum, the sensor is mounted above the heating chamber to the side of the body. The two roll sensor is mounted on the opposite side of the machine on the side also.

These parts can be ordered and easily installed.

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Not Recognizing 8 Roll Drum-SK8

If the SK8 does not recognize the drum, first clean the contacts on the machine and the drum. Gently push the contacts together on the machine.

Insert the drum and try again. If the drum is still not recognized, try inserting the other drum. If the machine operates properly, the problem is with the one drum. Usually this means the sensor inside the drum has failed and the drum needs to be replaced.

If neither drum is sensed by the machine, a problem exists with one of the wires attached to the back of the contacts inside the machine.

Open the unit and inspect each contact from the inside.

On one contact you will find a red wire, and on the other you will find a green.

Make sure both wires are tighten to the contacts, and that they are not touching each other.

If all the above seems good, call the tech support at Photo-Therm

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Rotation Motor Stops

The most common cause of a rotation motor stopping is bent pins on the spindles, causing the spindle to bind against the processing drum.

To test, start a "DUMMY" process, ( no film in processing drum).

When the motor starts to rotate slowly or stop, pull back on the processing drum until the spindle disengages from the staple bushing.

If the motor picks up speed, the problem is with the pins on the spindle.

If there is no change in the motor speed, it must be replaced.

Call Photo-Therm to arrange to have the pins on the spindle repaired.

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Spots on Film

There are several causes of film spotting. The most common is stabilizer or photoflo that is over concentrated. Small bubbles form and dry on the film causing spots. If, after you process, notice bubbles or foam on your film, this  is an indication of over concentration.

1.Cut the mixing ratio of your stabilizer or photoflo by half.  ( one half on concentrate to recommended water)

2.Check your areas water supply. Some areas have a high level of calcium. Calcium will leave small spots on your film. Rinsing the film under water and using a rubber wiper will help.

3.If your using the dryer on the sidekick, you must leave the reels on the spindle when drying. If your putting only the reels in the dry tube, the air flows through the center causing uneven drying and spotting

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Streaking in the End Frames

Streaking in the end frames is due to insufficient chemistry in the processing drum. This can be caused by several different factors: incorrect level settings in the heating chamber, a slow leak from the valve assembly, or having your unit unleveled.

1. Check your level sensors for proper adjustment. Refer to your manual for the procedure.

2. If your level sensors are set correctly, remove your dump and save tubing from the back of the unit. Insert the largest processing drum in the unit, with no lid and a spindle with a reel on each end in place. For a FP1 or Sk4 processor, pour in 14 oz of water. For an Sk8, pour in 29 oz.  Inspect the height of the water in relationship to the center of the front reel and  the back. If the water appears to be higher in level on one reel as opposed to the other, the machine is not "true level" and must be shimmed on one side to equal the level for both reels.

3. If after pouring the water in the drum as directed in step 2, you find the water  level is equal on both reels, let the drum sit for about 10 minutes. During that time, check for dripping from the dump or save stainless steel tubes in the back of the unit. If dripping occurs , the valve assembly must be removed and cleaned. Usually a foreign object has lodged itself inside keeping the valve open slightly causing a slow drain during processing.

If you still have problems, contact PhotoTherm tech support.

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PhotoTherm

Super Sidekick

   Automatic

Film Processor

Model SSK-8R

8 Roll  Auto Replenishing

Owner’s Manual                                                                               US PATENTS RE 34,188 & 5,379,086

Please record the Serial No. ____________ and date of Purchase __________

Please mail in your warranty card.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

2 Description

11 Test Mode 18 B&W Dev. Times

2 Setting up

11 Diagnostics Mode

19 4x5 processing

5 Preset Selections

12 Maintenance

20 Automatic Replenishing

6 Processing

13 Alarms and messages

21 Service–Correcting Problems

7 Drying

14 Hints

24 Parts list

8 Reel loading

15 Process Parameters 25 Wiring

9 Special functions

17 Chemicals 26 Phone #’s & Log
9 Normal Mode 17 Other Processes  
10 Program Mode 18 Push Processing  

WARRANTY

 

Each PhotoTherm product is produced under rigid quality control standards. This unit is fully warranted for a period of one year from date of purchase. PhotoTherm 110 Sewell Ave Trenton NJ 08610 USA Tel 609 396-1456 Fax 609 396-9395.

 

110 Sewell Ave. Trenton, NJ 08610 USA Tel 609 396 1456 Fax 609 396 9395

Email serve@phototherm.com

DESCRIPTION

The SSK-8R automatic processor accurately tempers each solution, one at a time. This design breakthrough allows B/W processing at 75 oF and then immediately afterwards slide processing 100 oF. Tempered water is not needed. Long warm-ups are not required.

All the solution bottles for processing color slides, color negatives and Black and White negatives are constantly connected. The operator just selects the process. The unit pumps the proper chemical from any of the 18 reservoir containers, quickly heats the small volume needed to the correct temperature and starts processing. As it processes one solution it prepares the next solution. At the end of the process cycle it automatically flushes itself clean, preparing itself for the next process.

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The SSK-8R is compact (26" wide by 14" high by 16" deep). The process drum is removable for loading in a dark box or bag. The SSK-8R can process 8 rolls of 35, 5 rolls of 120/220 or 8 sheets of 4x5 at one time. Two chemicals can be automatically saved from each process for silver recovery, reuse or automatic replenishment. Fresh developer is used for quality. The standard processes are pre-programmed, but the developer time can be easily changed when desired.

 

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The SSK-8R can be set up for any of 4 slide, 4 color negative and 3 B&W processes. The operator can change the time of, or eliminate any process step. The operator can select which solutions to save. The SSK-8R anticipates problems and takes automatic corrective action.

 

 

The SSK-8R protects the film from possible operator errors. It has an interactive computerized display that prompts and informs the operator what it is doing. Possible operator errors are also minimized because, chemical lines do not have to be switched nor must volumes of solutions be measured.

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SETTING UP THE UNIT

The unit comes packed in 2 boxes. Make sure you received the following:

... 8-reel and a 4-reel black processing drum with lids

... 8-reel and a 4-reel spindles with impellars.

... 10 plastic film reels

... Main processor SSK-8RG

... Spacer 2-roll (white fat donut)

... Utility dryer tube. (White plastic 4" diameter 11" long

… Dryer spindle. (10" long without an impeller)

... Coil of " flexible tubing

... Power cord

... Six gal. (2 liter) solution bottles with fittings

... Six 1 gal. bottles

... Two 1 gal Holding bottles

... 10 Film Clamps for 120/220 film.(white curved plastic pieces)

... Two 1 gal. collapsible bottles

... Water bottle (5 gal) with float valve

.. Saddle valve kit to connect water bottle to water pipe

... Dump bottle (5 gal) with level sensor and cap with

…3" gray plastic fitting to hold the dump and flush tubing

... Plug to seal COUPLING when FLUSHING

... Syringe of silicone grease

... Allen wrench (1/16") for bushings

... Magnetic stirrer. A white "pill" (3/8" x 1")

... Permanent marker

... Piece of Scotch Brite

... Set-up video

... This instruction book

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SETTING UP THE UNIT

 

Place the unit on a flat level surface. Lift up the side and cut away and discard the two visible nylon straps from the bottom of the unit. These straps hold the pumps secure for shipping and must be removed for the pumps to work.

 

Prepare the solution bottles. a) Loosen NUT. b) Push in notched end of the OD black tubing through fitting to bottom of bottle. Leave about 2 inches (5 cm) exposed. c) Hand tighten nut. d) Rinse out bottle. You can use the collapsible bottles for developers; they will extend chemical life because there is no air interface.

Use the marker pen to label each bottle and lid with the chemical it contains. Cut a piece of clear flexible tubing long enough to run from the bottle to the back of the machine. RUN THE TUBING STRAIGHT DOWN from the back of the machine. After about a foot, the tubing can run in any direction Allow about 2 feet (60 cm.) extra for slack. Label both ends of the tubing with the chemical name. Slip one end over the proper tube and the other end over the exposed black tubing of the solution bottle. The 5 gal. Water bottle connects to the WATER (#5) tube.

 

IMPORTANT. The solution source bottles must be located below the processor.

The 5 gal. water bottle, which has a float valve near its lid, holds the water that will be used for processing and internal cleaning (FLUSHING) of the unit. You can manually fill the bottle. Use regular tap water, not de-ionized or distilled water. You can connect the bottle to a cold water pipe for automatic filling with the "ice maker" kit. TURN OFF THE WATER AT THE SOURCE WHEN THE MACHINE IS NOT IN USE.

The DUMP bottle comes with a level sensor that should be plugged into the DUMP SENSOR jack on the back of the unit. IT WILL SENSE IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR A 2 or 4 ROLL RUN ONLY. The bottle must be emptied if you are doing a 6 or 8 roll run. If a plumbed-in drain is available, use it.

 

There are five drain outlets in the back of the unit:

1. DUMP - For spent chemistry. Connect to DUMP bottle or plumbed-in drain.

2. FLUSH - Disposes of spent FLUSH water. Connect to DUMP bottle or drain.

3. SAVE FIX - Recovers the solution to be saved. Active only when SAVE switch is on (red is showing). Connect to separate bottle.

  • 4. SAVE BLEACH - Recovers solution to be saved. Active when SAVE switch is on. Connect to separate bottle.

  • 5. OVERFLOW - DO NOT CONNECT. If solution comes out of this outlet, check your FLUSH tubing for proper installation.

    Push the flexible tubing over the stainless tubes of these outlets (not more than 3/4").

     

    Very Important

     

    Position DUMP bottle close to unit. (Fig. 1)

    Run tubing directly to DUMP bottle. (Fig. 1)

    Cut off unneeded length of dump tubing. (Fig. 1)

    Run the DUMP and the FLUSH tubing separately into the 3" gray fitting on the DUMP bottle. Do not put a third tubing into the same fitting. Do NOT run tubing inside DUMP bottle. (Fig. 2). Allow at least 12" drop between unit and DUMP bottle.

     

    Open the DOOR by lifting up from the bottom and pulling out. Place the magnetic stirrer (white pill) in the exposed heat tank. Carefully push the stirrer with a pencil until it is magnetically caught near the back right corner of the tank. Turn SIDEKICK on and check if the stirrer is turning.

    Put in six Alkaline "C" Cells in the battery holder. This will allow the unit to continue after a power failure and protect it against power surges. Plug the power cord into a 120 Volt AC 15 Amp. (regular domestic) outlet.

    The batteries will protect SSK-8R from short power losses. You can also connect SSK-8R to a TRIPP Model Pro 1400. A 1400 Watt Uninteruptable Power Supply, which would allow the unit to finish the process in case of a long power failure.

     

     

     

    PROGRAM the USER CODE. You have to program the user CODE before you can use SUPER Sidekick (SSK). This is only done once.

    Turn off SSK for at least 10 seconds. Hold down the START switch as you turn SSK on. Release the START switch. SSK will show the programming instruction. (See PROGRAM MODE for a fuller explanation). SSK will then display "USER CODE" " # (any number)". Change the number by pressing – ( MINUS) telling SSK you want to make a change. Then pressing PLUS(+) to increase the number. When "7" is displayed, press START. SSK will record the information. After it is finished "RECORDING", you can use PLUS to look through all your options or just turn SSK off.

    Make sure SSK is level by inserting the bottom half of the large DRUM in the SSK. Pour water into the DRUM until it is about " from the top. Measure the distance from the water to the top of the DRUM at the front and the back of the DRUM. Level the SSK with shims until the distances are equal. Run DRAIN to empty the DRUM. See SPECIAL FUNCTIONS.

    See PROGRAM MODE to select the set processes. Run the DUMP TUBING TEST to verify correct tubing installation. See TEST MODE.

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    PRESET SELECTIONS

     

    Selections as shipped from the factory. See PROGRAMMING to change selections (values).

    Name

    Preset

    Choices

    Unit Code

    0

    Must be changed to 7 to operate.
    Replenish Percent

    00%

     
    Slide Dev Time

    6:30m

     
    Color Neg Dev Time

    3:15m

     
    TriX/PlusX Dev Time

    4:40m*

     
    Tmax 100/400 Dev Time

    5:30m*

     
    Tmax 3200 Dev Time

    5:45m**

     
    Dry After Process

    No

    Yes, to use built in dryer
    E6 Slide Process

    4 Step

    7 Step, with or without prewet
    Color Neg Process

    C41

    Bleach+Fix, with or without prewet
    Set all Times

    Standard

    Change any time as needed
    Save as Bleach

    None

    Any solution
    Save as Fix

    All Fixes

    Any solution
    Rotate RPM

    40 RPM

    10 to 50 RPM (Rotations/Minute)

     

    * 75oF (23.9oC) ** 85oF (29.3oC)

     

     

     

    PROCESSING

     

     

    In a dark box, load the film on the reel (see REEL LOADING). Slide the reel on the spindle with the film guide pointing in the direction shown. If there is room on the spindle, use the SPACER (goes on last) to conserve chemistry. Place the spindle inside the FILM DRUM. Cover the spindle with the lid (one side is shaped to go over the spindle). Slide the clips towards the ends of the FILM DRUM to close it. You are now light tight.

    Push the FILM DRUM to the left in the TROUGH till the SNOUT seats itself inside the COUPLING. The two stainless pins of the spindle should go on opposite sides of the STAPLE on the rotate motor.

    Look to make sure you have enough solution in the chemical bottles. Empty the DUMP bottle. Turn the unit ON. Use PLUS to select the type of film you are processing. Push START to begin the process.

    The unit will ask you how many rolls (35 mm) are being processed. Use "PLUS to select : "2" for 1 or 2 rolls of 35mm or 1 roll of 120/220. Use SPACER.

    "4" for 3 or 4 rolls of 35mm, 2 rolls of 120/220 or a 4x5 sheet film holder.

    "6" for 5 or 6 rolls of 35mm, 3 rolls of 120/220 or 2 4x5 holders (8 sheets). Use SPACER

    "8" for 7 or 8 rolls of 35mm, 4 or 5 rolls of 120/220.

    The SSK uses 2 oz. (60ml) of solution per run, plus 3 oz. (105 ml) per roll.

    If you want to change the developing times see PUSH PROCESSING.

    The unit will load the first solution into the internal heating tank, heat it to the proper temperature, warm the processing drum with warm air and then start the process automatically. As the unit is processing one solution it prepares the next solution. The film DRUM has an independent secondary temperature controller that controls the warm air blowing on the DRUM to maintain accurate temperature. The temperature in the DRUM is continuously measured and the time slightly adjusted for a final tweak of the processing. This fine tunes the solution to an accurate temperature for very consistent results. When one solution is finished it is drained out and the prepared solution in the heating tank is pumped into the DRUM. The same procedure is repeated for all the necessary solutions. The unit will signal at the end of the wet processing. Remove the PROCESS DRUM. Insert the PLUG in the COUPLING and wipe out the TROUGH with a paper towel.

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    DRYING

     

    Up to 4 rolls of 35 mm film can be dried in the included UTILITY DRYER on reels. The film can also be dried any other way. The base of 120 film is too thin for drying on a reel, and must be dried by other means.

    Place the UTILITY DRYER vertically in the TROUGH so that the cut away portion of the DRYER covers the air vent in the side of the TROUGH. Shake out each reel 4 times over a sink with a vigorous snap of the wrist to remove excess solution. Put the reels on the dryer spindle (closed end on the bottom) and put the spindle in the UTILITY DRYER

    Push START to begin drying. SSK will FLUSH itself as it is drying the film. The unit MUST BE ALLOWED TO FLUSH itself after every processing run. The required drying time will vary with the amount of film and the relative humidity of the room. If the film is not fully dry when the dryer stops (15 min.), dry again. Rinse all reels, spindle and drum with COLD water. Room air dry - hot air may distort the parts. RINSE, DO NOT IMMERSE THE DRUM.

    If you get drying marks, try the following: a) use distilled water for the last step. b) dilute the wetting agent or stabilizer. c) use softened water. d) rinse externally in distilled water. e) squeegee and hang up to dry. Film with drying marks can be re-rinsed and dried again.

    An accesory hang-up dryer is available from PhotoTherm (Part# AF-DR8).

     

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    REEL LOADING

    The plastic ratcheting reels can be adjusted to hold different sizes of film. Simply hold the reel in both hands, making sure that the outer spiral groove (near the ball bearings) is on top and facing you.

    Twist the right half of the reel clockwise until you hear a click. The two halves can then be pulled apart. There are 3 "keyed" positions on the reel hub. The narrowest position is for 35mm or 126, the second for 127, and the widest for 120/220.

    Insert the leading end of the film, emulsion down, into the outer spiral groove of the reel and an inch past the ball bearings. With both hands on the reel twist the right half and the left half in opposite directions. You may have to assist the film feeding by placing the thumb, of your forward moving hand, on the outside of the film.

     

    Keep feeding the film until the end clears the ball bearings.

    Any Paterson TM reels will work. They are available at most photo stores. Contact Photo-Therm if you prefer to use different style reels.

    35 MM FILM Cut off the film leader. Clip the corners of the leading end to make feeding easier. 35 mm film can be started past the ball bearing in the light, but must be fed into the reel in the dark. Twist one side of the reel back and forth to feed the film into the reel. When you reach the end of the film use scissors to cut it away from the film cassette. Do not tear the film. An uneven tear may cause the film to come off the reel.

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    120/220 film comes off during process

    120/220 FILM. Separate the tape from the backing paper and fold it back over the film. This will stiffen the end of the film. Load the taped end into the reel. Feed until the back end passes the ball bearings.

    Bend a 120 Film Clamp and place it over the end of the film into the grooves of the reel, close to the ball bearings, as shown above. Add a second film clamp on top of the first one. For extra assurance use a 1 in. piece of leader tape to bond the end of the film to the film clamp.

     

    Mount the 120 reels in the center of the spindle.

     

     

    SPECIAL FUNCTIONS

     

    Just turn the power switch ON for normal operation. Hold down the START switch as you turn the power switch ON to be able to PROGRAM process values. Hold the PLUS switch when turning on to see the roll count and run DUMP tubing test and valve test.

    Hold MINUS when turning the unit on to put SSK-8R in DIAGNOSTIC mode.

    MODE

    Hold when switching ON

    Description

    NORMAL

    Nothing

    Normal Operation

    PROGRAM

    START

    Changes processes and set values.

    TEST

    PLUS +

    Tests Valves and DUMP lines. Displays Roll count.

    DIAGNOSTICS

    MINUS -

    Technical diagnostics.

     

    NORMAL MODE Special Functions

    Selected with PLUS when machine is turned ON.

    DRY will turn on drier for 15 minutes.

    DRAIN will empty the internal HEAT TANK and the PROCESS DRUM.

    CLEAN LINES is a major cleaning. It draws solution through each of the chemical tubes, one at a time, starting with tube #18 and ends with #1 and then does a FLUSH using #5 as a water source.

    All solution tubing should be removed and the water tubing moved manually from position to position, as the unit draws water through each tube to clean itself.

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    CALIBRATE will load water into the heat tank, heat it and hold the temperature at 37.8 oC (100 oF). The unit will emit a beep every time it reaches the proper temperature. Allow 15 minutes after the first beep before reading temperatures. Check the temperature with a digital thermometer (an electronic fever thermometer works great) with the probe near the stir rod but not touching the bottom of the heat tank. A glass or dial thermometer will not work. CALIBRATE also measures the number of pump pulses needed to cover the level sensors. This information is necessary for replenishment with the SSK-8R. If you run out of water during calibration, rerun the calibration.

    The temperature can be adjusted with a small screwdriver through a hole on the left side of the unit. Clockwise to decrease temperature. All units are calibrated at the factory and should not need adjustment in the field.

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    The DRUM Temperature sensor can be tested by holding MINUS when "CALIBRATE" is displayed and then pushing START. The bottom display line shows 2 Hex numbers. The first Hex number refers to the DRUM temperature sensor. At room temperature (70 oF, 21 oC) the Hex number should be B5,B6,B7,B8,B9 or BA. The important thing is that it should not vary by more than 2 on any successive reading. If it readings are erratic, clean the Stainless Steel contact plates with alcohol and Scotch Brite, and squeeze in the contactors on the body.

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    PROGRAM MODE will allow you to change the set processing values. Select by holding START as you turn SSK on.

    SSK will first show you programming instructions.

    Use MINUS when you want to change settings. Minus will also lower the time when changing times.

    Use PLUS to advance the selections and increase the settings.

    START records the changes.

    Turn the power switch off to exit programming.

     

    Change # to 7 for the unit to operate. Push MINUS to make a change. Push PLUS until 7 is displayed and then push START to record the change. This is only done once when you first get Super Sidekick. After recording either turn off the unit for at least 10 seconds to exit or push PLUS to look at the next parameter.

    Changes the percent of replenishment. Push MINUS to change. One number at a time will start blinking. Use PLUS to increase the number. Push MINUS to move to the next number. When all the numbers are correct, push START to record.

    The next few screens let you change the set developer times. (Changing the developer time for one processing run only (Pushing), is done during normal processing as the process is selected.)… push MINUS to make a change, use PLUS and MINUS to select the time and then push START to record.

    If you want to use the included utility dryer right after processing, set to "YES". If you will dry the films externally (recommended), set to "NO".

    Select the slide process you want to use: whether 4 or 7 step, with or without prewet. You can also choose not to show slides as a selection to the operator.

    Select the color negative process you want to use: C-41 or bleach & fix combined, with or without prewet. You can also choose not to show color negatives as a selection.

    You can change the time of any step in any process. You can remove any step by making the time less then 2 minutes. In Black & White any changes after developer affect all the Black & White processes. Push MINUS to make changes, push PLUS to select the process, then push MINUS to change the times in that process. PLUS selects the solution, MINUS will let you make changes and then PLUS and MINUS change the time. START records the selection. Exit by turning Super Sidekick off.

    Select the solutions you want to save to the BLEACH SAVE and FIX SAVE tubes. Push MINUS to make a change, push PLUS to select the process, then push MINUS to change the solutions you want to save in that process. PLUS changes the choice (Yes or No) and START records the change. Exit by turning Super Sidekick off.

    You can change the rotational speed of the spindle. Push MINUS to make a change. PLUS will advance the selections and then START will record the changes.

    Will change all parameters to their original settings when Super Sidekick was shipped from the factory. Just press START.

     

     

     

    TEST MODE Select by holding PLUS as you turn SSK ON. It will first display roll and run counts and then show the number of pump pulses used to cover each of the level sensors.

    DUMP TUBING installation is tested by pumping up water into the large film drum and letting it drain out. The cycle is repeated 3 times. Connect the DUMP and FLUSH tubing to your drain or bottle. Fill the water bottle with water and connect it to tube #5. Insert the large DRUM into SSK, keep the top off so you can observe the action. The DRUM should fully empty every time it drains. If it does not, turn the unit off and recheck your DUMP tubing. You can empty the HEAT TANK and DRUM by running DRAIN in NORMAL MODE.

    The VALVE TEST is selected by pushing PLUS. Insert the PLUG into the coupling. When you push any switch, a valve will open and the FILL pump will turn on as long as you hold the switch. It will pump any solution in the HEAT TANK out of the DUMP/SAVE tubes. You can use the CALIBRATE function in NORMAL mode to pump some water into the HEAT TANK.

    The SAVE switch will indicate ON (red showing) on the display if it is on during the VALVE TEST.

    DIAGNOSTIC MODE Select by holding MINUS as you turn SSK ON. This is a technician level area. Acknowledge you are technically qualified by pressing PLUS.

    This mode individually checks all of the machine function, sensors and actuators. SSK may have to be opened to reach some of the sensors. See SERVICE.

    Will display any level sensor that senses solution. SSK has the following Level sensors: Low, 2-roll, 4-roll, 6-roll, 8 roll, drain level (located inside the coupling) and the rotary selector valve (SSK-8R only). The SAVE switch can also be tested as a level sensor.

    You can test the sensors by connecting a clip lead between the solder lug on the side of the HEAT TANK (central grounding [earth]) and the sensor.

    If none of the level sensors is made, you can push MINUS to go to the VALVE test, PLUS to go to the PUMP test and START to go to OTHER tests.

    Pushing the switches will open the valves. (The valve test in TEST MODE allows you to check flow through the valve by also turning on the FILL pump). Hold MINUS and push PLUS to go back to LEVEL TESTER. Pumps are tested the same way. AUXILIARY is reserved for future needs.

    DR&ROT (push MINUS) will turn on the dryer and the spindle ROTATE motor. TEMP (push PLUS) will show the HEX readings of the DRUM and HEAT TANK sensors, show the voltage (120/230) and then take a few readings in HEX of the actual voltage.

    GAT (push START) will exercise the ROTARY SELECTOR valve to both ends of travel, then stop at tube #9. This is the middle of travel and is the position the valve must be in when its internal tubing is mounted.

     

    MAINTENANCE

     

    Wipe off all spills when they occur.

    Keep the stainless contact plates on the DRUM clean. Never touch with fingers. Clean daily with alcohol and buff with Scotch Brite. Bend in the contactor springs on the body periodically.

    Use silicone grease to lubricate the "O" ring on the SNOUT of the processing DRUM as needed.

     

    Inspect the plastic sleeve on the STAPLE that turns the spindle - replace if worn.

    Clean the reels as needed by soaking in a 50% solution of household bleach for 5 minutes. Rinse well with hot water.

     

    ONCE A YEAR, open the unit (see SERVICE), unplug it first, and:

    1. Protect the PC board from getting wet. Cover it with paper towels and a plastic sheet.

    2. Examine for any signs of wetness.

    3. Clean the heat tank and the area above the heat tank with a cloth dampened with a toilet bowl cleaner.

    4. Replace the air filter on the dryer with a 3" square of air conditioner filter.

    5. Remove the protection for the PC board and push down on all the connectors.

    6. Close up the unit.

    ALARMS & MESSAGES DO NOT TURN UNIT OFF until you check why.

    A continuous series of short buzzes signals that the unit requires attention. Read the message in the display to find out what needs to be done.

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    DISCARD DEV! SEE BOOK ERR# 1 means that the developer did not drain out. Work quickly, but calmly. The film is safe.

    1. Pull the film DRUM out and quickly stop up the end of the snout with your finger.
    2. Go to a sink or bucket and let the developer drain out of the snout.
    3. Re-insert the DRUM back into SSK.

    The process will then continue, but check to see why the solution did not drain.

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    CHK DRAIN TUBES SEE BOOK ERR# 2 means that some solution (not developer) did not drain. Push start to stop the buzzer. Check your drain tubing. Is the tubing crimped? Is the DUMP bottle full? When you have found the problem, correct it and push START to let the process continue.

    CHECK "SOLUTION NAME" means that there is not enough solution for the processing to continue. Push START to turn off the alarm. Fill the solution bottle and then push START. The process will continue.

    FLUSH means that the unit was not flushed after the last processing run. Push START to allow unit to flush itself.

    NO AC means the unit is not plugged in. Plug the unit into a live wall outlet.

    DUMP TANK FULL Empty the DUMP bottle.

    PLEASE TURN OFF Turn unit off when not in use. There is nothing that needs warming up.

    MACHINE FAILURE Problem with heat TANK temperature sensor. See CORRECTING PROBLEMS.

    SET CODE SSK code must be set before it can operate. See PROGRAM MODE.

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    CLEAN DRUM SENS! SSK has tested the DRUM temperature sensor and determined that it needs cleaning. Wipe with alcohol to remove grease and fingerprints. Buff with Scoth-Brite. Push in the contactor springs.

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    CLEAN LEVEL SENSRS SSK has determined that one of your level sensors in the heat tank may have some slime or a hair hanging from it. Open the unit (see CORRECTING PROBLEMS / OPENING the UNIT) and clean off the sensors. Check for any moisture inside the unit.

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    REPL FILL PUMP SSK has determined that your FILL pump needs replacing.

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    WAIT FOR AC If message flashes on and then goes away do not worry. If the message stays on it means that developer has not touched the film yet and that you are connected to a Uniterruptable Power Supply (UPS). SSK will wait for AC electrical power to be restored before continuing the process. If the film was already in developer when the power outage occurred, SSK will continue the process on UPS power.

    HINTS

     

    Test a new batch of chemistry on your own film or run a test strip.

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    PROCESSING PARAMETERS

     

    S O L U T I O N, T i m e, T e m p ,T u b e ,C O M M E N T S

    E6 Slide Processes.

    7 Step E6 slides without prewet.

    Air Preheat Varies to 37.8 Go to SLD DEV below

    7 Step E6 slides with water prewet.

    WATER prewet    Time   Temp     5   Checks drum temp

    SLD DEV eloper  6:30   37.8     2  Very precise

    WATER wash (3x) 2:00   37.8     5

    SLD REV ersal   3:00   37.8     18

    SLD C olor DEV  4:00   37.8     17 Very precise

    SLD CONDitioner 3:00   37.8     16 pre-bleach

    SLD BLEACH      8:00   37.8       6

    COLOR FIX       4:00   37.8      13 SAVED FIX if switch ON

    WATER wash (3x) 2:00   37.8     5 also used by C41 FIX

    SLD STABilizer  2:00   23.9     9

    4 Step E6 Slides without water prewet. Go to SLD DEV below

    4 Step E6 Slide with water prewet. PRESET

    WATER prewet    Time    Temp     5 Checks room temp

    SLD DEV eloper  6:30    37.8     2 Very precise

    WATER wash (2X) 2:00    23.9     5 Acts as cool stop

    WATER wash      2:00    37.8      5

    SLD C olor DEV  4:00    37.8     17 Very precise

    WATER wash (2X) 2:00    23.9     5

    WATER wash      2:00    37.8      5

    SLD BLIX        10:00   37.8      6 SAVED FIX when switch is ON

    WATER wash (3x) 2:00    37.8     5

    SLD STAB ilizer 2:00    23.9     9

    Color Negative Processes.

    Color Negative C41 without prewet. Go to C41 Dev below

    Color Negative C41 with prewet PRESET

    WATER preheat   Time    Temp    5 Checks drum temp

    C41 DEV eloper  3:15    37.8    3 Very precise

    C41 BLEACH      6:00    35.5 8

    WATER wash      2:00    35.5 5

    COLOR FIX       6:00    35.5     13 SAVED FIX if switch ON

    WATER wash (2X) 2:00    35.5    5 also used by E6 FIX

    C41 STABilizer  2:00    23.9    10

    Color Neg. Bleach+Fix combined no prewet. GO to C41 DEV

    Color Negative Bleach+Fix combined with prewet.

    WATER prehwet   Time    Temp    5 Checks room temp

    C41 DEV eloper  3:15    37.8    3 Very precise

    C41 BLIX        3:00    35.5     8 SAVED FIX when switch is ON

    WATER wash      2:00    35.5      5

    C41 STAB ilizer 2:00    23.9    10

    Black & White Processes. All are available in NORMAL MODE.

    TRI X / PLUS X

    B&W DEV eloper  4:40    23.9    4 end of BW process is same

    TMAX 100 / 400

    B&W DEV eloper  5:30    23.9    4 end of BW process is same

    TMAX 3200 This is a warmer process 85oF (29.3oC) vs 75oF (23.9oC)

    B&W DEV eloper  5:45    29.3    4 end of BW process is same

    END OF BLACK & WHITE Common to all BW processes.

    WATER wash      2:00    23.9      5 also acts as stop

    B&W FIX         7:00    23.9      14 SAVED FIX is switch ON

    WATER wash      2:00    23.9      5

    B&W P erma WASH 2:00    23.9    15 hypo clear or water

    WATER wash      2:00    23.9      5

    BW RINSE        2:00    23.9      11

     

    CHEMICALS

     

    BLACK AND WHITE

    Use: 1. Kodak T-Maxim developer (B/W DEV) 2. Rapid B/W FIX 3. Hypo clearing agent (B/W P WASH) such as Heico Perma-Washtm 4. B/W RINSE Photo-Flo (Kodak) or Rexton’s Hyperwettm. Mix T-Max developer 1 part concentrate to 5 parts water. It works better in a Sidekick than Kodak’s recommendation of 1:4.

    COLOR NEGATIVES C-41

    Use working strength solutions of any C-41 chemistry. Overflow solutions work well. If you use replenishers remember to add starter to the developer to get a working strength solution.

    RA C-41 chemistry works well with the standard bleach and fix times. If you would like to shorten the bleach and fix times see PROGRAM MODE.

    SLIDES 7 STEP E-6

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    Blue shift can be corrected by adding sodium hydroxide (see chem. manufacturers instructions) to the color developer or by diluting the reversal step. When reversal is too dilute, the slides will have a green cast.

    Bleach should be aerated (have air pumped through it). Use a fish tank type air pump and run the tubing to the bottom of the bleach bottle. Do not use an airstone. Run for at least 2 hours a day. Check reversal for scum growth - discard, clean bottle, re-mix. Check color developer for separation - re-stir with mixing rod.

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    SLIDES 4 STEP E-6

    Unicolor, Photo-Technology, Tetanol or Beseler chemistry will work. (Some manufacturers call their chemistry 3 step - they don’t include a wetting/stabilizing step. Use C-41 stabilizer or a wetting agent (Hyper-wet or Photo-Flo) for this step.

     

    PROCESSES OTHER

    MOTION PICTURE FILM (black layer on base). Process ECN-2. Process like normal C-41 film. Since SIDEKICK can use fresh solutions for each step, the black residue does not gum up the unit. Turn SAVE switch OFF. After the last step, rinse under warm water and gently rub the remaining residue from the film base. Do not touch the emulsion. Hang film to dry. Wash reels with a soft brush in dish detergent.

    Mix color chemistries in water that is at least 85 oF (29 oC). Stir well. Wait one hour before using.

     

     

    PUSH PROCESSING.

    Film Time Push 1 Stop
    Agfa 201 440-2500
    APX 25 4:15 5:15
    APX 100 4:15 5:15
    AP 400 4:50 5:45
    Fuji 800 788-3854
    Neopan SS 4:15 5:30
    Neopan 400 4:40 5:50
    Neopan 1600 3:30 4:40
    Ilford 201 265-6000
    HP5 PLUS 4:30 5:30
    100 DELTA 4:30 5:30
    400 DELTA 5:00 6:00
    Delta 3200 7:30 9:00
    FP4 PLUS 3:30 4:10
    PANF Not recommended
    Kodak 800 242-2424
    PAN-X 4:40 5:40
    PLUS-X 4:40 5:40
    TRI-X 4:40 5:40
    TMAX 100 5:30 6:35
    TMAX 400 5:30 6:35
    Select TMAX 3200 @85oF
    TMAX 3200 @85oF 5:45 6:55

     

     

    If you want to change the developer time for one run, hold MINUS as you push START. The display will show the developer time. Change to desired time using the PLUS and MINUS. When the proper time is displayed push START to begin. The next time you process the unit will return to the normal time.

     

    As a rough guide, 1 stop is about:

    a) + 2 min. for Slides E-6.

    b) + 30 sec for color negs C-41.

    c) + 20% of normal dev time for B/W

     

    Call film manufacturer for more complete information.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    4 X 5 INSTRUCTIONS (optional)

     

    Practice loading the 4x5 HOLDER with the lights on. The HOLDER will process 4 sheets at a time.

    The 2 stainless clips are on the TOP of HOLDER. Rotate both clips toward the center core.

     

    Insert the sheets with the emulsion towards the center. 4x5 sheet film has notches in one corner. Hold the sheet facing you with the longer side vertical. When the notches are at the top right corner, the emulsion is facing you.

    Load the 2 inside sheets first. Load from the TOP of the HOLDER. Squeeze the film so that it can fit inside the ring of the HOLDER. Push the sheet into the groove. Use your other hand to help guide the sheets.

    After all the sheets have been loaded, rotate the stainless clips toward the outside ring to hold in the sheets.

    The spindle should then be inserted from the bottom of the HOLDER. Place the spindle with the HOLDER(S) in the Processing DRUM and process normally. Select DRUM SIZE = 4 for 1 HOLDER in the 4-roll DRUM and DRUM SIZE = 6 for 2 HOLDERS in the 8-roll DRUM.

     

    After processing:

    1. Remove the HOLDER(S) from the spindle.

    2. Rotate the stainless clips toward the center core of the HOLDER

    3. Push the sheet up slightly from the bottom.

    4. Pull the sheet from the TOP. Use your other hand to help guide the sheet.

    5. Use your own method to dry the sheets.

    6. Rinse the HOLDER(S), spindle and DRUM. AIR DRY. DO NOT USE HOT AIR.

     

    Very thin base 4x5 film like Kodalith will not mount in the holder.

     

     

     

    AUTOMATIC REPLENISHING

    Initially set up your unit to run without automatic replenishment. When you are familiar with the operation and satisfied with the results, start using the replenishment option.

    Super Sidekick model SSK-8R can replenish any 2 chemicals, usually bleach and fix for a great reduction in chemical costs. You get the highest quality results, because the developers are fresh.

    Replenishment is turned on when 3 conditions are met:

    1. The solution is saved as either bleach or fix. Save only one of each when you are replenishing.
    2. The SAVE switch on the back of the SSK is turned on (red showing).
    3. The percentage of replenishment as set in PROGRAM MODE is not zero. See PROGRAM MODE. Start with 9% bleach and 30% fix replenishment.
    4.  

      Replenishers are connected like any other solution: bleach to tube #7 and fix to tube #12.

      The SAVED solution drains to a HOLDING bottle, next time SSK uses that solution it will pump up the set percent of replenisher and then pump up the used solution. When the solution is used again, it drains back to the HOLDING bottle.

      Because of the added replenisher, the volume in the HOLDING bottle increases. You have to arrange the bottle so that the overflow flows away or is emptied manually.

      The RETURN tubes are connected to the SAVE FIX and SAVE BLEACH tubes on the back of Super SIDEKICK.

      Connect the HOLDING bottle as per drawing:

      1. The RETURN tubing must follow all the rules of a DUMP line.

      a. Keep it short and going down as quickly as possible.

      b. Minimum of a 12" drop.

      c. End of tubing must never be in solution.

      2. Allow 2 feet of slack on USED tubing.

      3. Aerate the bleach with a fish tank air pump (2 hours/day or more) through the air fitting. Do not use an airstone.

    5. The OVERFLOW should be directed to your container.
    6. Use black " tubing to reach the bottom of the HOLDING tank for USED and Air.

    Monitor your process results. If the film does not clear (milky) increase the fix replenishment rate. You can usually re-fix the film manually to correct the problem.

    If the film looks flat, muddy or the black areas have a red tinge, increase the bleach replenishment rate and/or make sure the bleach is aerated. You can usually re-bleach the film to correct the problem.

     

    SERVICE

    CORRECTING PROBLEMS

    Will not start up or gets stuck in process step. Alarm does not sound Selector Valve jammed. Record display messages. Remove DRUM, drain solution and put DRUM in bucket of water to protect the film.

    Unplug & open unit and check ribbon connector and tubing to Selector (Rotary) Valve.

    Excessive leakage from front of DRUM, where spindle passes through 1.Improper draining. Reread how to run DUMP lines. Run DUMP LINE TEST in TEST MODE.

    2.The STAPLE is touching the spindle bushing while the spindle is being pulled in. Adjust by mounting the STAPLE closer to the motor.

    "Machine failure" message Temperature sensor problem. Check ribbon connector from heat tank. Make sure it is pushed down, properly aligned and pins are straight. Handle carefully. Lift up squarely. Do not just pull ribbon.

    If program module was just replaced check it for bent pins

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    Film too dark or light 1.Temperature off. See "Calibrate Temp"

    2.Chemical quality, mixing or age.

    Film color off Chemical quality, mixing or age.
    DRUM not recognized Clean contact plates on PROCESS DRUM. Run sensor test.
    Dev time counting down when STARTed DRUM sensor shorted. Replace DRUM.
    Leak from snout. Grease "O" ring on DRUM snout.

     

    Use a telephone near Sidekick when calling in for service.

     

    OPENING the UNIT. Qualified Personnel only

    The unit must be opened in order to reach the internal components.

    1) Remove the power cord from the unit and pull at least one battery from the battery holder. Remove all the solution tubing from the tubes on the back of the unit.

    2) Unscrew the 4 screws holding the BODY to the base (2 on the right side and 2 on the left side). Lift up on the right side of the BODY so that it hinges on the left side. Rest the BODY on its left side.

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    Parts Replacement

    SELECTOR VALVE REPLACEMENT

    Open the unit (see OPENING). Cover the PC Board with paper towels and a plastic sheet to protect it from getting wet. The SELECTOR VALVE (SV) is now exposed. The tubing from the SV is held against the side of the case by a clamp. Open the clamp. With a paper towel in hand; remove the SV tubing from the pump fitting.

    Remove the ribbon connector of the SV from the PC board. Carefully lift the connector straight up. Do not bend the pins. The SV is held with 4 screws. Unscrew and remove SV.

    Carefully turn the SV so that it lines up on tube #9. Install the new SV. Fasten with the 4 screws. Clamp the tubing to the case. The black mark on the tubing should line up with the bottom of the clamp block. Push the end of the tubing onto the pump.

    Remove the protective socket from the connector of the new SV and place it on the old SV connector. Replace the electrical connector in the socket marked SELECTOR VALVE on the PC board. The mark on the connector should be on the lower left corner.

     

    Close up the unit. Do a test processing run.

    PRINTED CIRCUIT (PC) BOARD REPLACEMENT

    Open the unit (see OPENING). Locate the circuit board. Carefully note how each connector is mounted before you pull it from the board. Pull away squarely from the board, be careful not to bend the pins. Do not just yank the ribbon cables. Rotate the 2 clamps holding the PC board and remove it.

    Push the new PC against the stop on the right side of the track and then twist the clamps. Carefully replace all the connectors. Use the wiring diagram (p.16) as a guide for positioning. Close the unit and run CALIBRATE (see SPECIAL FUNCTIONS).

     

    TEMPERATURE SENSOR REPLACEMENT

    Open the unit (see OPENING). Locate the heating tank. The temperature sensor screws into the side of the heating tank. There are 2 wires connecting the sensor. One goes to a solder lug, and the other is soldered to a black wire. Cut away both wires (the wires are interchangeable).

    Wrap the new sensor with 4 wraps of Teflon tape and screw into the heat tank. Solder the 2 wires where you cut the old wires. Close the unit and run CALIBRATE (see SPECIAL FUNCTIONS) to match the sensor to the PC board.

    SOLUTION LEVEL SETTING

    Open the unit (see OPENING). Locate the 5 level sensors on the heat tank. The sensor closest to the left corner is low level (4 oz -120 ml) followed by: 9 oz, 15 oz, 22 oz and 29 oz. Pour the proper amount of water (start with 4 oz then add 5 oz etc.) into the heat tank. Hold the sensor where it passes over the tank wall with one hand and bend the end of the sensor with the other hand so that the sensor just touches the water. Empty the heat tank by closing the unit and running DRAIN (see SPECIAL FUNCTIONS).

     

    SHIPPING the UNIT

    Prepare the unit by running CLEAN LINES (see SPECIAL FUNCTIONS). Open the unit (see OPENING) and wipe up any loose solutions. Tie down the 2 pumps (through the holes in the base) with strong twine. Remove the magnetic stirrer (white pill) from inside the heat chamber. Close the unit. Remove and keep stir bar, plug and power cord.

    Place the unit in a plastic bag. Use as much packing (balled newspapers, bubble wrap etc. <please do not use small Styrofoam chunks>) as possible to cushion the unit from the walls of the box.

    PARTS LIST SSK-8R Always specify model and serial number.

    SSK-SVR Selector Valve

    490.-

    AF-SPL Spindle 4-roll

    60.-

    SK8-HT Heat tank

    350.-

    SK8-SPL Spindle 8-roll

    90.-

    AF-TS Temperature sensor

    50.-

    SK8-D4 Process drum 4-roll

    140.-

    SSK8-PC Printed circuit brd

    250.-

    SK8-D8 Process drum 8-roll

    160.-

    AD-DISP Display

    90.-

    SSK-BOTH Holding bottle

    25.-

    AF-TR Transformer

    75.-

    AF-BOT5 Bottle 5 Gal

    20.-

    AD-P Pump

    140.-

    ADC-LEV Sensor for dump btl

    50.-

    AF-DRT Dryer internal

    50.-

    AF-FV Float valve

    20.-

    AF-DR8 Wall dryer 8 roll

    280.-

    AF-ICE Water connect kit

    15.-

    AF-V3 Valve triple

    180.-

    AF-BOT2L Bottle 2 liter

    5.-

    AF-VCL Valve coil 120V

    25.-

    AF-REEL Film reels Paterson

    10.-

    AF-VST Valve seat

    5.-

    AF-LNCRD Power cord

    10.-

    SSK-ROT Rotate motor

    105.-

    DP-SW Switch power. 2 pole

    7.-

    AF-STAP Staple bushing

    10.-

    DP-PSW Push switch

    5.-

    AF-STSL Staple sleeve (2)

    1.-

    AF-SW Switch save

    3.-

    AF-4X5 4x5 holder

    90.-

    AF-BOT1G Bottle 1 gal (4 l)

    7.-

    AF-C120 120 film clamps (3)

    2.-

    AF-OR "O" ring (3)

    2.-

     

     

     

    SUPPLIER PHONES

    609 396-1456 Our help line. First check CORRECTING PROBLEMS
    800 221 1555 Russell. 7-step Slide Chemistry. Very helpful
    800 243-2776 Agfa
    800 788-3854 Fuji
    201 265-6000 Ilford
    800 242-2424 Kodak
    800 999-4042 PSI. Makes Unicolor 4-step slide chemistry
    800 525-2821 Jobo. Imports Tetanol (Germany) 4-step slide chemistry
    800 621-5488 Brandess Kalt. Sell Heico Perma Wash fix (hypo) remover
    800 553-2001 Porters. Get catalog. Has Rexton Hyperwet #35-0597, a B/W rinse
    708 833-0300 McMasters. Ask for catalog. Has silicone grease #1418K4
    800 537-9724 United Plastics. Ask for catalog. Good source for bottles, tubing etc.
    800 537-9724 Good stand for unit. Rubbermaid 4505. United Plastics # 06998
    202 223-6906 Interclone. Profit-making slide copier
    800 255-1522 Pic-Mount. Slide Mounters, mounts and boxes
    612 936-9500 Pakon. Slide mounters and mounts.
    716 377-6375 Gepe. Snappy slide mounter. Slide mounts for Snappy mounter
    800 309-4239 CDW. Tritt Lite. BC PRO 1400 Uninterruptable Power Supply

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    Push, Pull Calculations

     

    Film speed     Film Shot at   Push     Pull
    100 200 1  
    100 400 2  
    100 800 3  
    100 1600 4  
    200 400 1  
    200 800 2  
    200 1600 3  
    200 3200 4  
    400 800 1  
    400 1600 2  
    400 3200 3  
    800 1600 1  
    800 3200 2  
    1600 3200 1  
    3200 1600   1
    3200 800   2
    3200 400   3
    3200 200   4
    3200 100   5
    1600 800   1
    1600 400   2
    1600 200   3
    1600 100   4
    800 400   1
    800 200   2
    800 100   3
    400 200   1
    400 100   2
    200 100   1

     

    Film Type Dev. Time Push/Pull 1 Push/Pull 2 Push/Pull 3
    APX25 4:15 minutes +/-1:00 min +/-2:00 min +/-3:00 min
    APX100 4:15 minutes +/-1:00 min +/-2:00 min +/-3:00   min
    AP400 4:50 minutes +/-0:55 min +/-1:50 min +/-2:45 min
    Neopan SS 4:15 minutes +/-1:00 min +/-2:00 min +/-3:00 min
    Neopan 400 4:40 minutes +/-1:10 min +/-2:20 min +/-3:30 min
    Neopan 1600 3:30 minutes +/-1:10 min +/-2:20 min +/-3:30 min
    HP5 Plus 4:30 minutes +/-1:00 min +/-2:00 min +/-3:00 min
    100 Delta 4:30 minutes +/-1:00 min +/- 2:00 min +/-3:00 min
    400 Delta 5:00 minutes +/-1:00 min +/-2:00 min +/-3:00 min
    SFX 6:00 minutes +/-1:10 min +/-2:20 min +/-3:30 min
    Universal 400 5:00 minutes +/-1:00 min +/-2:00 min +/-3:00 min
    FP4 Plus 3:30 minutes +/-0:40 min +/-1:20 min +/-2:00 min
    Pan-X 4:40 minutes +/-1:00 min +/-2:00 min +/- 3:00 min
    Plus-X 4:40 minutes +/-1:00 min +/-2:00 min +/-3:00 min
    Tri-X 4:40 minutes +/-1:00 min +/-2:00 min +/-3:00 min
    Tmax 100 5:30 minutes +/-1:05 min +/-2:10 min +/-3:15 min
    Tmax 400 5:50 minutes +/-1:05 min +/-2:10 min +/-3:15 min
    Cosmos 5:00 minutes +/-1:00 min +/-2:00 min +/-3:00 min
    Tmax 3200 5:45 minutes +/-1:10 min +/-2:20 min +/-3:30 min

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    Black and White Developing Times

     

     

    Film Time
    Agfa 201 440-2500
    APX 25 4:15
    APX 100 4:15
    AP 400 4:50
    Fuji 800 788-3854
    Neopan SS 4:15
    Neopan 400 4:40
    Neopan 1600 3:30
    Ilford 201 265-6000
    HP5 PLUS 4:30
    100 DELTA 4:30
    400 DELTA 5:00
    Delta 3200 7:30
    FP4 PLUS 3:30
    PANF Not recommended
    Kodak 800 242-2424
    PAN-X 4:40
    PLUS-X 4:40
    TRI-X 4:40
    TMAX 100 5:30
    TMAX 400 5:30
    Select TMAX 3200
    TMAX 3200 @85oF 5:45

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    First Frames Not Developed

     

     First turn your unit on leaving the drum off and press the start button. If it starts, let the unit load the water up and see which sensor in the heating chamber it stops. If it stops at the middle sensor, the two roll drum sensor is bad and must be changed. If its the third, then its the four roll drum sensor.

    If the unit beeps and displays "insert proc drum", check your level sensors for correct settings.Working from left to right, add 3oz of water to the heating chamber.Make sure the tip of the first sensor is just touching the surface of the water.Add 4 more oz of water, giving you 7 oz's and adjust the middle sensor. Now add 7 more oz of water giving you 14 oz's and adjust the third.If good, check to see if your heating chamber empties out when fill the processing drum.. Third, try taking your largest drum, no lid or spindle, insert it in the unit and add water. Let sit for 10 minutes. If the level drops in the drum you will have to remove the valve assembly. Chances are there is a piece of film stuck in there causing the valve to remain open during the process

     

    It is located on the inside of the unit and in the middle. You can identify it by its blue body and the two or three solenoids that is attached to it. if its two solenoids, the wires will be yellow and black on one side and white and black on the other.If it has three, the wire colors are, Grey and black, yellow and black and white and black.

    You can remove the valve assembly by removing the two screws that hold it in the   Grey rectangular plastic block. Cover the circuit board!  Start by removing the solenoid with the yellow and black wire.

    If you find nothing on the rubber seal or in side the valve body, remove the other solenoid and check there

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    Stuck in process, Bubbles from Front of Drum

    If the unit appears stuck in one part of the process and you here a pump running and bubbles coming from the front of the processing drum, the low level sensor is making contact to the steel base plate of the heating chamber, causing the unit to think there is still solution in there. First remove the door on the right side of the unit so you will be able to look inside the heating chamber. Look at the sensor furthest away from you. Make sure it is not touching the bottom and that the spinbar has not come loose and has wedged itself between the sensor and the bottom. If the sensor is touching, readjust it to 3oz of water. If the spinbar is the problem, take a pencil and give it a shove to the right side corner. There a magnet will grab it and hold it place.

    If the above two are alright:

    Take a pencil and run it under all the level sensors. If the pump stops and the process continues, there was something like a hair or algae from reversal hanging on the first level sensor. After the process, inspect the heating chamber and clean. Also if your running 7 step E6 chemistry, inspect your reversal bottle for algae.

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    Not Loading one of the Chemicals

    First make sure there is enough chemical in the bottle. If that is not the problem, then the selector valve is sticking slightly and needs a few lube cycles run on it.

    Turn the unit on, hold the plus button until you reach "Lube". Press the start button. Wait until the unit beeps and tells you to "turn off unit".

    Take the allen wrench that came with the unit and insert it into the grease fitting in the back of the unit. Looking from the front, it is above the last steel tube from the selector valve on the right. Give it 1/2 turn clockwise and turn the unit on until it Initializes.Repeat the process again.

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    Stuck in "Flush"

    This is the only function the machine will not alarm if there is a problem.

    First make sure you have not run out of water or using deionized water. If there is plenty of water, look in the heating chamber to see if there is water in it. If there is, see if there is water coming out the flush line. If there is no water coming out the flush line and the heating chamber has some water in it, turn the unit off then back on again and select drain. If the heating chamber empties out, the load pump, the pump that draws the solutions in the unit is failing. If it does not drain out, the fill pump is failing

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    Not Recognizing 4 Roll Drum-SK8

    If the SK8 does not recognize the drum, first clean the contacts on the machine and the drum. Gently push the contacts together on the machine.

    Insert the drum and try again. If the drum is still not recognized, try inserting the other drum. If the machine operates properly, the problem is with the one drum. Usually this means the sensor inside the drum has failed and the drum needs to be replaced.

    If neither drum is sensed by the machine, a problem exists with one of the wires attached to the back of the contacts inside the machine.

    Open the unit and inspect each contact from the inside.

    On one contact you will find a red wire, and on the other you will find a green.

    Make sure both wires are tighten to the contacts, and that they are not touching each other.

    If all the above seems good, call the tech support at Photo-Therm

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    Only Half the Roll Develops

    If after processing you find only half the roll was developed, find out first if the correct amount was selected from the display, 2, 4, 6, or 8 and if the spacer was used if it was a 1, 2, 5, 6 roll run.

    If all the above was correct, check your spindle for bent pins. When the pins on the spindle becomes bent in, it has a tendency to push off the staple bushing during the process, leaving the spindle stationary. When that happens, only the bottom half of the reel receives chemistry, giving you a pattern of so many good frames, so many bad.

    If the above two seem good, insert the drum that was used, select the amount that was chosen, and start an E6 run. The first solution that gets drawn up is water, so you wont be wasting chemistry.

    On the right hand side of the machine is a black door that you can remove and look inside the heating chamber. If you selected 2 rolls, the water should stop at the second level sensor ( from left to right ). If it was 4, it would be the middle sensor, 6 the forth sensor, and 8 the last.

    If it stops at a different sensor, there is a problem with either with the circuit board or the ribbon cable that runs from the heating chamber. in this case, it's best to call PhotoTherm tech support, (609) 396-1456.

    If the water stops at the correct sensor,

    Take your largest drum, no lid or spindle, insert it in the unit and add water. Let sit for 10 minutes. If the level drops in the drum you will have to remove the valve assembly. Chances are there is a piece of film stuck in there causing the valve to remain open during the process

     

    It is located on the inside of the unit and in the middle. You can identify it by its blue body and the two or three solenoids that is attached to it. if its two solenoids, the wires will be yellow and black on one side and white and black on the other.If it has three, the wire colors are, Grey and black, yellow and black and white and black.

    You can remove the valve assembly by removing the two screws that hold it in the   Grey rectangular plastic block. Cover the circuit board!  Start by removing the solenoid with the yellow and black wire.

    If you find nothing on the rubber seal or in side the valve body, remove the other solenoid and check there

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    Processing drum starts to count down

    If after you insert the four or the eight roll processing drum and press start the drum starts to count down on the display, the sensor inside the drum has shorted and the drum must be replaced. If this happens on both drums, the contactors on the machine my be making contact inside

    Open the unit and inspect each contact from the inside.

    On one contact you will find a red wire, and on the other you will find a green.

    Make sure both wires are tighten to the contacts, and that they are not touching each other.

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    First Frames Not Developed SK8

    If the first few frames are not getting developed, there is not enough solution in the processing drum to reach the center of the reel

    Working from left to right, add 4oz of water to the heating chamber.Make sure the tip of the first sensor is just touching the surface of the water.Add 5 more oz of water, giving you 9 oz's and adjust the second sensor. Now add 6 more oz of water giving you 15 oz's and adjust the third. Now add 7 more oz of water giving you 22oz of water and adjust the forth then 7 more oz and and adjust the fifth. IF YOUR FOUR ROLL DRUM IS THE NEWER STYLE WITH RED CLIPS HOLDING THE TOP TO THE DRUM, THEN THE MEASUREMENTS ARE, 4oz, 7oz, 4oz, 7oz, 7oz.  

    If good, check to see if your heating chamber empties out when fill the processing drum.. Third, try taking your largest drum, no lid or spindle, insert it in the unit and add water. Let sit for 10 minutes. If the level drops in the drum you will have to remove the valve assembly. Chances are there is a piece of film stuck in there causing the valve to remain open during the process

     

    It is located on the inside of the unit and in the middle. You can identify it by its blue body and the two or three solenoids that is attached to it. if its two solenoids, the wires will be yellow and black on one side and white and black on the other.If it has three, the wire colors are, Grey and black, yellow and black and white and black.

    You can remove the valve assembly by removing the two screws that hold it in the   Grey rectangular plastic block. Cover the circuit board!  Start by removing the solenoid with the yellow and black wire.

    If you find nothing on the rubber seal or in side the valve body, remove the other solenoid and check there

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    Machine will not Draw up Chemicals

    If the machine does not fill the heating chamber, to the proper level, in a predetermined time, the unit will go into an alarm and the display screen will indicate which chemical was unsuccessfully loaded.

    First check the chemical bottle to make sure there is an ample amount in the container. If OK, the problem is either the selector valve or pump.

    First, open the unit. Be sure to cover the circuit board with a towel to keep from getting wet. Then locate the fill pump on the gray base plate. It will be the pump closest to the center of the base plate. Remove the vinyl tube that runs from the selector valve to the pump at the pump end. Attach your water line (port 5) to the pump. Turn the machine on and select, "Calibrate Temp", press start. If the pump, appears to be weak, you will need to order a new pump. If it appears to work well, chances are the rotary selector valve is dirty and needs to be cleaned.

    Remove the rotary selector valve and disassemble it. With warm soapy water, carefully clean the face plate, (The area on which the o rings travel against) DO NOT USE ANYTHING ABRASIVE AS IT WILL SCRATCH THE SURFACE!

    Reassemble and run "Clean Lines" to insure it is working well.

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    Only Half the Roll Develops sk4

    If after processing you find only half the roll was developed, try these test to determine where the problem is.

     First turn your unit on leaving the drum off and press the start button. If it starts, let the unit load the water up and see which sensor in the heating chamber it stops. If it stops at the middle sensor, the two roll drum sensor is bad and must be changed. If its the third, then its the four roll drum sensor.

    If the unit beeps and displays "insert proc drum", check your level sensors for correct settings.Working from left to right, add 3oz of water to the heating chamber.Make sure the tip of the first sensor is just touching the surface of the water.Add 4 more oz of water, giving you 7 oz's and adjust the middle sensor. Now add 7 more oz of water giving you 14 oz's and adjust the third.If good, check to see if your heating chamber empties out when fill the processing drum.. Third, If all the above was correct, check your spindle for bent pins. When the pins on the spindle becomes bent in, it has a tendency to push off the staple bushing during the process, leaving the spindle stationary. When that happens, only the bottom half of the reel receives chemistry, giving you a pattern of so many good frames, so many bad. Forth, try taking your largest drum, no lid or spindle, insert it in the unit and add water. Let sit for 10 minutes. If the level drops in the drum you will have to remove the valve assembly. Chances are there is a piece of film stuck in there causing the valve to remain open during the process

     

    It is located on the inside of the unit and in the middle. You can identify it by its blue body and the two or three solenoids that is attached to it. if its two solenoids, the wires will be yellow and black on one side and white and black on the other.If it has three, the wire colors are, Grey and black, yellow and black and white and black.

    You can remove the valve assembly by removing the two screws that hold it in the   Grey rectangular plastic block. Cover the circuit board!  Start by removing the solenoid with the yellow and black wire.

    If you find nothing on the rubber seal or in side the valve body, remove the other solenoid and check there

    If all the above was correct, check your spindle for bent pins. When the pins on the spindle becomes bent in, it has a tendency to push off the staple bushing during the process, leaving the spindle stationary. When that happens, only the bottom half of the reel receives chemistry, giving you a pattern of so many good frames, so many bad.

    If the above two seem good, insert the drum that was used, select the amount that was chosen, and start an E6 run. The first solution that gets drawn up is water, so you wont be wasting chemistry.

    On the right hand side of the machine is a black door that you can remove and look inside the heating chamber. If you selected 2 rolls, the water should stop at the second level sensor ( from left to right ). If it was 4, it would be the middle sensor, 6 the forth sensor, and 8 the last.

    If it stops at a different sensor, there is a problem with either with the circuit board or the ribbon cable that runs from the heating chamber. in this case, it's best to call PhotoTherm tech support, (609) 396-1456.

    If the water stops at the correct sensor,

    Take your largest drum, no lid or spindle, insert it in the unit and add water. Let sit for 10 minutes. If the level drops in the drum you will have to remove the valve assembly. Chances are there is a piece of film stuck in there causing the valve to remain open during the process

     

    It is located on the inside of the unit and in the middle. You can identify it by its blue body and the two or three solenoids that is attached to it. if its two solenoids, the wires will be yellow and black on one side and white and black on the other.If it has three, the wire colors are, Grey and black, yellow and black and white and black.

    You can remove the valve assembly by removing the two screws that hold it in the   Grey rectangular plastic block. Cover the circuit board!  Start by removing the solenoid with the yellow and black wire.

    If you find nothing on the rubber seal or in side the valve body, remove the other solenoid and check there

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    Machine Stuck in Process-Rotary selector valve

    If the SideKick appears to become stuck in a process and you have a rotary selector valve,

    (circular with 18 tubes), the most common cause is chemical build up on the sensor wheel located inside the unit causing it to loose postion.

    First open the machine and remove the rotary selector valve. Carefully disassemble the valve and clean the wheel and face plate with hot water and soap. Concentrate on cleaning the cutaways on the sensor wheel, located under the triangular pressure plate.

    USE ONLY A PAPER TOWEL TO CLEAN PARTS WITH, NOTHING ABRASIVE!

    Reassemble the selector valve and mount it back on machine.

    Turn unit on. The machine will position the selector valve automatically

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    Slides look "Grey" or "Dirty"

    If your slides have a "Grey" or "Dirty" look to them, this is from under fixing.  To eliminate other causes, try, in 7 step chemistry, refixing your film, in 4 step reblixing. Roll the processed film back on a reel and place the reel in a small container. Fill the container with enough fresh fix or blix to cover the reel. Let sit for 10 minutes. Remove from the container, wash the film off and dry. If the film clears up, remix the fix or blix.

    If refixing or reblixing had no effect on the look of the film, call phototherm tech support.   (609) 396-1456

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    Black and White Film looks Grainy

    The most common cause of grainy black and white film is the developer is a little to concentrate.If your using Tmax developer, mix at a 5 to 1 ratio instead of the instructed 4 to 1. This should remove most of this condition.

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    B/W Film looks over developed

    If your B/W film looks over developed, this is usually from the temperature being to high.

    First, when you mix the developer, make sure the temperature of the mixed developer is not above the processing temperature.Let the newly mixed chemistry sit for a period of time to lower the temperature.

    Second, run a "Calibrate Temp" to make sure the Heating chamber is alright. Also if you own an sk8, sk8rg, sk8rh or a super sidekick, make sure the contactors on the drum and machine are clean and making good contact. Check HERE to find out how  

    Third, if your selector valve is the old style, (13 stainless steel tubes) run a "dummy run" no film, and time the developer. If its to long, the problem is the selector valve is low on grease causing it to take a long time to make it to its next position. This will add time on your developer

    Run the lube cycle 2 or 3 times

    Turn the unit on, hold the plus button until you reach "Lube". Press the start button. Wait until the unit beeps and tells you to "turn off unit".

    Take the allen wrench that came with the unit and insert it into the grease fitting in the back of the unit. Looking from the front, it is above the last steel tube from the selector valve on the right. Give it 1/2 turn clockwise and turn the unit on until it Initializes.Repeat the process again.

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    Under Developed Black and White

    If your B/W is coming out under developed  either your temperature is to low or your first developer is weak or diluted

    1. Make sure that you are not "flooding" from the processing drum. If during the process the drum starts leaking chemistry, causing it to build up in the area underneath, a contamination is occurring in side the drum. One chemical is being loaded on top the previous solution, causing the newly loaded chemical to weaken . If this condition occurs, the processed film will almost always come out dark or magenta.

    Check to document on "Flooding at Drum" to correct this problem

    2. If you are not flooding, make sure the temperature is correct in the heating chamber. Run a "Calibrate Temp" from the unit and if you own an 8 roll unit or a super sidekick check your drums

    3. If your temperature is correct, remix developer

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    C41 Film looks Grainy

    The most common cause of grainy C41 film is the developer is a little to concentrate or the agitation is to fast. Try diluting the developer by 1 part. If that does not help call PhotoTherm tech support about the rotate motor (609) 398-1456

    If you own a Super Sidekick 8rh, go to the programming mode and

    re adjust the rotate speed

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    C41 Film looks over developed

    If your C41 film looks over developed (dark), this is usually from the temperature being to high or the starter is old or not used.

    First, when you mix the developer, check your mixing instructions. Then make sure the temperature of the mixed developer is not above the processing temperature.Let the newly mixed chemistry sit for a period of time to lower the temperature.

    Second, run a "Calibrate Temp" to make sure the Heating chamber is alright. Also if you own an sk8, sk8rg, sk8rh or a super sidekick, make sure the contactors on the drum and machine are clean and making good contact. Check HERE to find out how  

    Third, if your selector valve is the old style, (13 stainless steel tubes) run a "dummy run" no film, and time the developer. If its to long, the problem is the selector valve is low on grease causing it to take a long time to make it to its next position. This will add time on your developer

    Run the lube cycle 2 or 3 times

    Turn the unit on, hold the plus button until you reach "Lube". Press the start button. Wait until the unit beeps and tells you to "turn off unit".

    Take the allen wrench that came with the unit and insert it into the grease fitting in the back of the unit. Looking from the front, it is above the last steel tube from the selector valve on the right. Give it 1/2 turn clockwise and turn the unit on until it Initializes.Repeat the process again.

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    Under Developed C41

    If your C41 is coming out under developed, (light)   either your temperature is to low or your developer is weak or diluted

    1. Make sure that you are not "flooding" from the processing drum. If during the process the drum starts leaking chemistry, causing it to build up in the area underneath, a contamination is occurring in side the drum. One chemical is being loaded on top the previous solution, causing the newly loaded chemical to weaken . If this condition occurs, the processed film will almost always come out light or magenta.

    Check to document on "Flooding at Drum" to correct this problem

    2. If you are not flooding, make sure the temperature is correct in the heating chamber. Run a "Calibrate Temp" from the unit and if you own an 8 roll unit or a super sidekick check your drums

    3. If your temperature is correct, remix developer

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    Leaking At Drum Super Sidekick

    Flooding at the drum, (excessive dripping at spindle area),is cause by one of two reasons:

    1. Level sensors set to high

    2. Wrong amout of reels selected

    3. Unit not Level

    First check your level sensors for proper adjustment. This procedure is explained in your Manual.

    If the levels appear to be correct, check with the operator to eliminate the possibility of  human error.

    ( processing two rolls, selected four )

    If the above two are correct, test for unlevel machine. Take the four reel drum ( no lid ) and a

    spindle, and insert it in the unit. Add 15 oz of water in the drum. Inspect the distance between the surface of the water and the bottom of the spindle, first on the left side of the drum, then the right. If the water level appears to be lower on the right side, shime the left side of the unit to even out the water

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    Stuck in "Flush" ( Unit Alarms )

    First make sure you have not run out of water or are using deionized water.

    The unit will attempt to draw water from the supply during the flush mode. If, after 50 seconds, the unit does not sense water, it will go into an alarm.[Note: using deionized water will not be sensed by the unit causing it to alarm] CHECK TO SEE IF YOU HAVE WATER. If there is plenty of water, and you are not using deionized water, look in the heating chamber to see if there is water in it. If there is, see if there is water coming out the flush line. If there is, then most likely a  green ground wire that is soldered to the bottom of the heating chamber has detached, causing the level sensors not to sense water. If there is no water coming out the flush line and the heating chamber has some water in it, turn the unit off then back on again and select drain. After draining, remove the black door thats located on the right side of the unit, select flush from the plus button and press start. Observe by looking through the opening on the right side of the unit, the flow of water entering the heating chamber. If it is weak and the unit goes into an alarm again, the load pump, is defective and must be replaced

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    Clean Sensors

    If you receive the message to "clean sensor", the unit cannot read the temperature sensor mounted inside the drum correctly. First clean the contacts on the machine and the drum. Gently push the contacts together on the machine.

    Insert the drum and try again. If the drum is still not recognized, try inserting the other drum. If the machine operates properly, the problem is with the one drum. Usually this means the sensor inside the drum has failed and the drum needs to be replaced.

    If neither drum is sensed by the machine, a problem exists with one of the wires attached to the back of the contacts inside the machine.

    Open the unit and inspect each contact from the inside.

    On one contact you will find a red wire, and on the other you will find a green.

    Make sure both wires are tighten to the contacts, and that they are not touching each other.

    If all the above seems good, call the tech support at Photo-Therm

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    E6 looks over developed

    If your E6 film looks over developed (Light), this is usually the result of one of the following reasons:

    First, when you mix the developer, check your mixing instructions. Then make sure the temperature of the mixed developer is not above the processing temperature.Let the newly mixed chemistry sit for a period of time to lower the temperature.

    Second, run a "Calibrate Temp" to make sure the temperature is not running hot. Also if you own an sk8, sk8rg, sk8rh or a super sidekick, make sure the contactors on the drum and machine are clean and making good contact. Check HERE to find out how  

    Third, if your selector valve is the old style, (13 stainless steel tubes) run a "dummy run" no film, and time the developer. If its to long, the problem is the selector valve is low on grease causing it to take a long time to make it to its next position. This will add time on your developer

    Run the lube cycle 2 or 3 times

    Turn the unit on, hold the plus button until you reach "Lube". Press the start button. Wait until the unit beeps and tells you to "turn off unit".

    Take the allen wrench that came with the unit and insert it into the grease fitting in the back of the unit. Looking from the front, it is above the last steel tube from the selector valve on the right. Give it 1/2 turn clockwise and turn the unit on until it Initializes.Repeat the process again.

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    Under Developed E6

    If your E6 is coming out under developed, (dark) either your temperature is to low or your developer is weak or diluted

    1. Run a "Calibrate Temp" from the unit to confirm the developer is reaching the correct temperature

      If you own an 8 roll unit check your drums sensors and contacts on the machine to make sure they are clean. Dirty contacts on the drum will report back the the unit the wrong ambient temperature causing the unit to under/overheat the developer.

    2.Make sure that you are not "flooding" from the processing drum. If during the process the drum starts leaking chemistry, causing it to build up in the area underneath, a contamination is occurring in side the drum. One chemical is being loaded on top the previous solution, causing the newly loaded chemical to weaken . If this condition occurs, the processed film will almost always come out light or magenta. (When operating a SuperSideKick, this step is not necessary)

    Check to document on "Flooding at Drum" to correct this problem

    3. If your temperature is correct, remix developer

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