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SQ - Volume 1, Number 4 1997

Volume 1, Number 4 • 1997

April Sparr

Layout and Design
Adam Souders
Michelle Paine

Contributing Writers
Art Aguilar
Jim Jones
Billy Willis


Words to Live By
Leadership Principles

How to Speed Up Production
A Real look at Production Equipment

Sales Strategies
Producing Quality Items

Tips and Secrets
Speeding Up Production

New Photo Resist
Introducing SR 2000TM


Words to Live By
by Randy Willis, owner

The following quotes were taken from a recent eight week leadership seminar entitled "Getting Tough in Tough Times" taught by Mr. Willis. These simple principles were given to his students to help improve their quality of life. We offer them to you in this issue of SQ in an effort to continue that goal.

Choosing the right decision when the wrong one is far easier and less painful.

People feel the real you. It’s not what you do on the stage of life that counts, it’s who you really are behind closed doors.

Your Word:
Become one with it. Make it good. Live by it. Don’t ever give it flippantly.

Let people know you do. Dale Carnagie said, "No one will ever be successful unless there are many more who want him to be."

Do one thing well. An unfocused laser is just a light show, focus it and it can cut through steel.

You attract what you respect.

Believe in people. Have high expectations from those around you. Get out of mediocrity.

Be your own worst critic.

Yourself and others. Learn to say "Thank You."

Build people through inspiration.

The result of good and bad decisions. Learn from those around you.

It’s the way of life. Embrace it.

Practice Thought Leadership:
You lead in what you know. Learn more.

Lead with it. The proof of desire is in the pursuit.

It determines your altitude. Soar.

Never quit, quitters never win.

Take Risks:
The fruit is on the limbs.

Leaders have responsibility and very few rights. Be willing to live up to them.

Give people a second chance. Life is too short to live in the consequences.

Think before you speak.

How to Speed Up Production
by Art Aguilar, contributing writer

Tools of the Trade
Anyone can make a photomask. Just slap it on a piece of glass and carve it. Simple. Well, that’s true to a point, but in order to produce a quality photomask and be able to blast with the skill of the professionals, you have to have the right tools. Especially if you are doing any kind of production work and there are deadlines to meet.

Exposure Units
An intense U.V. light source is required for proper exposures. Many are using a Letralite unit, allowing you to process one 11" x 14" sheet at a time. However, most production businesses are generally using a 26-1KS unit (allowing a 23" x 27" workspace) or larger.

Photo Resist Materials

If you are already using our new SR 2000TM photo resist material, then you know what this means in both time and money: 30 second exposures (even faster with production units), superior durability, fast development, quick application, easy clean up, and the finest detail possible, SR 2000TM can change what your production can produce.

Development/Processing Units
Development, more commonly known as "washing out" can be very time consuming with out the proper tools. For most jobs, washing out by hand with our hand sprayer will work very well in about 1.5 minutes. As business increases, the day will come when a serious production set-up is required for continued growth. The object of course is to do more in less time, without sacrificing quality. In most industries, this means automation, so why reinvent the wheel? As the only company in the world manufacturing equipment specifically for this industry, we can help you like no other company can. Let’s be logical for a moment; if production is largely an issue of time (and it is) and you are currently hand washing your photo resist material with a hand sprayer, how is a larger, manually operated, "power washer" going to speed production? Yes, you will be able to wash more sheets at one time, and the same amount of your time will be invested to do so, just on a larger scale. A hands free operation is what you really need to save time: our RTZ 1318 and 1344 Processors do just that, without hindering your growth potential. Completely self contained, both come with built in insulated 15 and 35 gallon warm water heating systems, allowing for continuous, temperature controlled processing operation. Five and ten jet nozzles provide high impact developing, without the worry of blowing material away. The reclaiming storage tank, time controlled wash cycles, and rolling casters make it simple to effectively and efficiently speed up production. The RTZ 1318 Processor can wash up to a 14" x 19.5" sheet, while the RTZ 1344 can wash a maximum sheet of 14" x 46".

Drying Units
If additional speed is required, Rayzist® manufactures a large and small drying unit, wet to dry within 15 minutes. Dry 10-20 sheets at a time with these 130 degree thermostat controlled units. The upper motors draw cool air from the bottom through the heating elements keeping the units completely insulated.

Adhesive Options
Here is another opportunity to save significant time: Standard procedure for gluing up photo resists is to apply the adhesive directly to the item about to be sandcarved. This method is effective and will get the job done; but on a production level, efficiency is sorely lacking. Options such as gluing up smaller lots at a time, or using a contact paper to keep the items free of dust until the photomask can be applied, are often employed. Eventually, a less costly and labor intensive method is sought. Although our RZ-2 adhesive can be applied directly to the substrate, it was actually formulated with production in mind. When used with one of our Production Adhesive Sprayers, the glue can be sprayed directly on to the dried sheet of photo resist, at which time a cover sheet may be applied for future use. This can save literal hours, depending upon the size of the job at hand. In addition, we offer the convenience of a small and large Spray Booth to work in a well lit, ventable exhaust environment.

Application and Clean Up of the Photomask
Save time whenever you use a Rayzist® photomask simply because the release is faster and easier to apply, and no special resist removers are needed to get the glue off. Just soak the blasted items in warm water, and within 10 minutes the mask will be falling off the item. For smaller jobs, it may be easier just to peel the mask off by hand.

 In any industry, the proper tools are required to produce a quality product, and it is true automation should never be a substitute for quality. However, there are times automation is nothing more than a convenience putting more money into your pocket in less time. If you are in need of an effective production set-up, call today and allow us to help you achieve your goals. SQ

Sales Strategies
Producing Quality Items
by Jim Jones, CCA Manager

Now that you have a handle on pricing, let’s speak to the issue of producing quality items. There is no way I could use an article such as this to teach you how to sandblast, however I will give you some excellent tips that will help you along the way.

A Quick Glance Back...
This article builds upon the information from the previous issue, please refer to Insight to Help your Production and Artwork Preparation. The information in these articles is imperative when it comes to producing quality items. Remember, a quality end piece does not start when you move your piece into the cabinet to blast it. It starts with the preparation of the artwork and moves forward from there. Every step in producing your photo-mask is extremely important to your end product. If the quality of your photomask is poor, you will not carve an excellent end piece.

Now that we have a quality Photo-mask and it’s time to sandblast. Here come the important tips:

When placing your photomask onto the surface of your item, it is necessary to properly transfer the mask. If you are using our Clear Back or SR 2000TM, use our plastic burnisher or something similar to a plastic credit card. Rub from side to side or up and down before flicking a corner of the clear backing to remove. The most often asked questions about this process are, "Can we concentrate with extra burnishing on areas with small detail, such as letters?" Yes you can. "Can we use the same metal ball burnisher that we use with your Paperback material for acid etching?" Absolutely not. This could actually cause the mask to blow off in spots during blasting. Another good transferring tip is when you first start to blast your piece, hold the nozzle approximately 6" away from the surface. Blast the piece moving quickly over the entire surface sealing the mask to the surface and continue blasting approximately 4" from the surface. This is ideal for blasting with a pressure pot system, at a blasting pressure of 25-40 PSI.

Abrasive & Nozzles
For glass, crystal, granite, and marble use 150 grit aluminum oxide. Keeping you abrasive fresh will speed production and produce better looking end pieces. We recommend a 3/32" carbide nozzle for most jobs.

Air/Sand mixture should be 50/50 on the Rayzist® Pressure Pots. Set both valves half open at 45 degree angles. Here’s a functional tip: when blasting in the cabinet, keep the blasting tip perpendicular to your piece. Visually think of the abrasive hitting the mask at a right angle. Greater than or less than a 90 degree angle could actually undermine your mask and cause it to rise. Now I know what all of you expert carvers out there are thinking... and yes, there are actually techniques that would have you carve at angles other than 90 degrees. However, for multi-piece production blasting, you will need to hit the mask at 90 degrees. SQ

Tips and Secrets

Preparing Sheets
Using the InstaMask™ Trimmer is ideal for trimming sheets of photo resist from a roll of material . This 16"x 16" ruled board and blade is also very handy for trimming your photomasks after gluing the sheets, or for cutting up individual masks. The InstaMask™ Trimmer will take the place of scissors because it’s razor sharp rotary blade and slide bar permits hairline accuracy and insures self sharpening. Mention this tip and receive $22.00 off the list price now through September 30th.

Dust and other particles will expose, causing "pin holes" in your photomask. Clean your exposure area frequently (especially on larger runs) and free your film tool of any unwanted debris prior to exposing your photo resist material.

Washing Out
If you are using our hand held washing assembly and find it difficult to tell when the photo resist material is completely washed out, place a high contrast background such as a sheet of galvanized metal 10" x 16" painted or powder coated white behind the sheet of photo resist. Don’t forget to use warm pressurized water for the fastest processing times possible.

Using InstaMask™ Drying Clip as seen in the InstaMask™ drying unit will allow for speedy production by clipping the large 12" clip (notched for hanging) across the sheet of InstaMask™ and hanging the mask along a drying wire.

Adhesive Application
Use our RTZ Production Adhesive Sprayer to glue up entire sheets of photomask rather then hand gluing substrates.. Apply cover paper and then use the InstaMask™ Trimmer to prepare your photomasks for easy application. 


- Finest Detail
- Rapid Exposure
- Fastest Production
- Quick Application
- Easy Clean Up
- Superior Durability


SR2000™ fills in-house photo resist makers’ need for faster production, superior durability, finer detail, and unmatched depth... without the need for special yellow lighting, resist removers, or any other added expenses.

Fast development. From washout to dry time, SR2000™ will cut your production time in half. Standard washout times begin at 30-90 seconds, depending upon the mil.  All mils air dry within 30-45 minutes, 10 minutes in a Rayzist® dryer.

Durability. SR2000™ has unmatched blast resilient properties superior to any photo resist in the industry. Blast high resolution designs without the worry of pin hole blast through or carrier release bubbling.

High productivity. Rayzist® photo resists apply and clean up faster and easier, saving up to 1/3 of total labor* over any other photo resist material.

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