Speedsetter 300 Vastech Developer Drips

Discussion in 'Platemaking' started by Jeff Marks, Mar 8, 2023.

  1. Jeff Marks

    Jeff Marks New Member

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    We are producing poly plates on a SPEEDSETTER 300 with a Vastech Processing Unit and now and again there are drips showing on our plates. We thought it was a light leak but were informed it is probably the processor's developer tank stainless steel cover condensation sweating and dripping on the top of the plate. Upon inspection we believe this to be true. Is this normal? Is the developer set to warm? Can this be avoided without having to wipe the equipment down each time we use it? Thank you for any input.
     
  2. Adil

    Adil Senior Member

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    Condensation on the stainless steel cover of the developer tank leading to drips on plates isn't uncommon in certain environments. The issue may arise due to temperature differences causing condensation.

    To address this:

    1. **Temperature Control:** Ensure that the temperature of the processing environment is controlled, and there isn't a significant temperature difference between the developer tank and the surrounding air.

    2. **Insulation:** Consider insulating the developer tank cover to minimize temperature variations that lead to condensation.

    3. **Ventilation:** Adequate ventilation in the processing area can help regulate temperature and reduce the likelihood of condensation.

    4. **Regular Maintenance:** Regularly check and maintain your processing equipment to address any potential issues promptly.

    Consulting the equipment manual or reaching out to the manufacturer's support can provide specific guidance on optimal operating conditions and potential modifications to minimize condensation-related issues.
     
  3. Jeff Marks

    Jeff Marks New Member

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    I've been meaning to get back to you regarding your input. It was perfect information. Thank you. Problem is but a memory.
     
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