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Collections Care Equipment

Labconco Fume Hood

The Labconco fume hood is designed to contain and remove toxic and noxious gases and other harmful airborne substances. The hood is 25" deep, allowing for most library materials to be treated in-house. Staff use the hood to safely apply spray or liquid chemicals (solvents, adhesives, etc.) that would otherwise leave residues or noxious odors behind, and to work with materials that are off-gassing (releasing fumes) such as film negatives and moldy materials. The hood’s vent expels the air outside the building and has a glass shutter to protect staff from the possibility of back spray, splattering, etc.

Shrink Wrapping

In 1992, the University Libraries began using shrink-wrapping as a means to protect fragile materials that were being moved to a remote storage facility. Since then, shrink-wrapping remains an active component of our preservation program.

For more information on our shrink-wrapping experience, please see "Moving Fragile Materials: Shrink-Wrapping at Penn State," in Collection Management, volume 18, number 1 / 2 (1993), pages 117 - 128.

Board Shears

The heavy-duty, wood-surfaced Jacques board shears are fitted with a 42 inch blade designed to slice through heavy-weight board and batches of paper up to ¼ inch thick. The shears come equipped with a sliding table gauge, a foot clamp, a back gauge and a spring gauge.

Bookkeeper's™ Deacidification Spray System

The spray system is a pressurized spray unit designed to apply Bookkeeper's ™ Deacification spray liquid on acidic (but not brittle) paper collections. This is similar to the mass deacidification service currently being offered through Collections Care, but the spray system allows us to deacidify single items or small-volume collections in-house.

Ultrasonic Welder for Polyester Film Encapsulation (Model OT-D4 -- open throat design)

As opposed to lamination, which melts a piece of plastic to an item, thus permanently damaging it, this ultrasonic welder, also known as an encapsulator, allows us to perform an archivally sound process that seals materials between sheets of polyester film, saving the materials from wear, tear, and exposure. The encapsulator can secure any document from the size of a postage stamp to a 42 inch oversized wall map. It is also capable of internal, spot, and free-form wells, allowing multiple documents and irregularly sized objects to be encapsulated in separate pockets on a single large polyester sheet.

Metric ultrasonic Film Splicer (Model 5001)

The ultrasonic film splicer repairs broken 16mm and 35mm film by fusing the two ends together. The splicer works best with polyester-based film, creating a seam no thicker than the original film. Ultrasonic splicing is an archivally sound practice, as it does not use tape, rubber cement, or other adhesives that would harm the film over time.

Dry-Mounting Laminator Press

The laminator is a heated press that bonds lamination plastic to two-dimensional materials. The laminator’s maximum surface area is 18" x 15", limiting the size of originals that may be laminated at one time. Oversized materials may still be laminated, but only in 18" x 15" patches. Note: While lamination is not considered an acceptable conservation treatment, this process may be used for non-permanent materials such as publishers' book jackets and display signs.

For further information, please contact Diane Kurtz.

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