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The Integrated processor is the premier machine of the Photomec range and is in wide use throughout the world at many leading feature-film and front-end film laboratories. It is renowned for its ability to consistently and reliably produce clean, blemish-free film in the most demanding production environments.

All Photomec Integrated processors include a wet section rack lift facility that, at the touch of a button, raises the complete wet section of the processor clear of the chemical solutions. This system ensures that inspection of the film path and bottom components can be carried out without unlacing film; it is a simple matter to check components and film path that, on other manufacturers’ equipment, are submerged in the depths of the tanks and impossible to check without dismantling. On Photomec Integrated machines, with the rack section lifted, the entire film transport can be energised enabling visual inspection of the complete transport system in operation.

Standard Integrated film processors feature Photomec’s patented demand drive transport system, considered the most gentle demand drive available to the industry, which ensures safe reliable transport of dual 16mm/35mm stocks. These machines are available for all motion picture and photographic processes including ECP2D, ECN2, B & W, VNF1, E6 and RW1 rewash. 35mm, 65mm and 70mm sprocket-drive machines are also available. All processors are built to meet film manufacturers’ rigid specifications and are fitted with the following standard features:

  • Stainless steel construction with 2mm type 316L stainless steel and titanium tanks as required by the process specification
  • Variable speed AC Inverter motor drive with display indicating transport speed
  • High velocity air impinged film-drying system with passive anti-static devices and humidity control
  • Automatic chemical replenishment system with manual over-ride and safety time-out
  • Automatic wash water saving system
  • Manual over-ride with safety time-out provided
  • Wash water manifold for distribution and control of each wash tank unit
  • Air vacuum squeegee and/or up strand wipers to each crossover position with vacuum pump if required
  • Floor standing independent chemical control and circulation unit
  • Circulation flow meters
  • Magnetic drive circulation pumps with separate high volume agitation pumps as required by the process
  • All solutions are individually temperature controlled, heated and filtered with digital temperature displays and precise easily achieved temperature selection
  • Chemical heating via stainless steel and titanium heat exchangers
  • Daylight or darkroom loading as required
  • Leader dispensing unit
  • PIMOS Management System
  • PTR rollers fitted at take-off of ECN processors
  • Film break detection with alarm
  • In line buffer where required by the process


PIMOS Management System
Using P-L-C (Programmable Logic Control) hardware, Photomec have developed the PIMOS Software System to manage film processing machine control.
This system, situated at the take-off station, allows a touch screen for operator use with visual indication of the following machine functions and conditions:
  • Feed on elevator position
  • Film format (i.e. 35mm or leader) being loaded at feed on end
  • Wash water flow indication
  • Digital speed
  • Chemical and dryer temperature displays with facility for simple adjustment
  • Chemical timer with Seven day timed on/off
  • Standby timer with variable on/off cycle
  • Manual override
  • Total machine running hours
  • Total footage count
  • Simple diagnostic faultfinding display
  • Routine maintenance prompts
  • Low voltage signaling wiring
  • Pump or heater failure
  • Film break location
Optional equipment includes:
  • CCD in-line film viewer for checking of processed film before processor take-up
  • Logging of PIMOS data directly into Microsoft Excel for complete monitoring of the processor anywhere in the laboratory
  • PIMOS modem link to our factory for remote technical support
Twin-track machines are also available. These allow two separate film strands to be processed through common chemistry ensuring sensitometric compatibility and giving the laboratory a high degree of flexibility; our demand-drive version enables two 35mm tracks, two 16mm tracks, or one 16mm and one 35mm track to be processed simultaneously.


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