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900 Series: Leaf Casting Machines

MSC Book and Document Leafcasters

901-001 MSC Book & Document Leafcaster, Standard
901-001 MSC Book & Document Leafcaster, Standard
913-001 Plastic Support Grid
913-001 Plastic Support Grid

The MSC Book & Document Leafcaster conserves and restores many items including books, printed documents, newspapers, manuscripts and works of art on paper. The MSC Book & Document Leafcaster saves labor costs over manual repairs and provides excellent results. The process creates new paper at the holes and edges, with the final size determined by the conservator. Paper pulp suspended in liquid slurry is pulled through a screen by a powerful suction motor. The filter screen prevents pulp from passing through it, leaving pulp deposits in the holes and edges. The excess water is pumped to the Water Holding Tank. The water is reusable for multiple castings. No adhesives are required. The new pulp binds to the original document, creating a uniform and stable sheet of paper. Extremely thin gossamer sheets can be cast for use on other documents. This package includes:
• MSC Book & Document Complete Leafcasting Unit
• Lockable Casters
• Residual Current Circuit Breaker
• PVC spray fill bar
• Removable Water Holding Tank with easy drainage

Leafcasting mechanically stabilizes paper weakened by holes, ragged borders, or other reasons. Clean water fills the casting tank from below the casting screen, and then is slowly topfilled from above the screen. The MSC Book & Document Leafcaster is designed for fast and multi-sheet repair projects. Simple manual controls mean maintenance free operation compared to leafcasting machines with hydraulic or pneumatic valves. The design of the machine allows the conservator to concentrate on the casting process, not the mechanical operation of the machine. Casting operations can be repeated as often as once a minute. Operator intervention is instantaneous at any step in the casting process. Pulp mixtures are created and calculated for each specific document. This can be done manually by counting the open squares of the lost area, or the optional MSC PageSizer Software can calculate the loss area and compute the correct slurry mixture automatically.

Special thanks go to Mr. Franklin Mowery for his unceasing guidance in this project.

Easy set up. Only minimal assembly required. All surfaces are durable, waterproof and maintenance free. Clean with soap and water. The cabinet contains a built in casting tank and a removable holding tank. The cabinet is constructed of white high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Included with each machine is an aluminum support, a plastic casting screen, Tyvek masking dam (to reduce the casting area), Reemay polyester sheets for document handling, a plastic holding grid with handle, and a cover for the casting tank. The casting screens and aluminum support completely disassemble for cleaning and drying. When all of the castings are completed, the water is easily drained out of the holding tank. Water used in the casting process is recycled, new water is not needed for repeated castings. The water connection hoses are fitted with quick release connections to allow for easy removal, inspection and cleaning. A ground fault interrupter provides protection from potential electrocution. Maintenance consists of cleaning the detachable hoses and the holding and casting tanks periodically. Casters allow easy movement to a sink or drain.

All MSC Book & Document Leafcasters are equipped with Residual Current Circuit Breakers, (RCCB). RCCB is an electrical wiring device that disconnects a circuit whenever it detects that the electric current is not balanced between the energized conductor and the return neutral conductor. In the United States and Canada, an RCCB is sometimes referred to as a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI), In Australia they are sometimes known as "safety switches" or simply "RCD" and in the United Kingdom they can be referred to as "trips" or "trip switches".

• 220-240, VAC 50/60 Hz 1Ø 3120 watt

No.DescriptionCasting AreaCabinet Size
901-001 Standard 640 x 760 mm25 x 30 inches 150 x 74 x 94 cm59 x 29 x 37 inches
902-001 Large 920 x 1220 mm36 x 48 inches 185 x 101 x 92 cm 73 x 40 x 36 inches

Fold & Edge Casters

903-001 MSC Fold and Edge Leafcaster
903-001 MSC Fold and Edge Leafcaster

The Fold & Edge Caster reinforces and reintegrates the lost areas, folded areas, and edges of books, printed-paper and historic documents. The Fold & Edge Caster is a smaller casting machine for book repairs that works in the folds and edges of books or documents. The Fold & Edge Caster connects to a wet /dry vacuum cleaner located inside the cabinet (included). Casters under the cabinet provide mobility. A side door allows access to the vacuum cleaner. The vacuum cleaner pulls the pulp slurry through the object, setting the pulp into the document. Suction is needed for only a few brief seconds during each cast. Three different sized casting buckets come with each Fold & Edge Caster. Thanks to Alvaro Gonzales for his ideas during the development of this useful tool for Book Conservation.

• 120 VAC, 50/60 Hz 1Ø 1800 watt
• 220-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz 1Ø 1800 watt

The Fold & Edge Caster repairs sheet projects quickly. It offers the unique ability to repair small parts of the document in different locations. The Fold and Edge Caster permits casting of the document one side at a time to obtain two even casts. During the casting process, the operator always maintains complete sight of the document. Each casting cycle uses only between 300 and 500 ml of water depending on the size of the lost area of paper and the pulp slurry. It provides the ideal restoration of the folded area in the folio, as well as the sawing in the binding. The dimensions of a book repaired with the machine are very close to the original size before treatment. No extra Japanese paper is needed to reinforce it for the binding.

Water and pulp slurries mix together into a V shaped casting tank. This slurry mixture falls through the open areas of the object. The water moves first into a plenum and then into a larger holding tank. Suction applied to the object immediately after the cast helps bond the fibers in place.

Simple operation! The Fold and Edge Caster fills from the above object in small casting buckets sized for each cast. Made completely of high-density polyethylene, it is durable and noncorrosive. It saves significant labor costs versus manual repairs. Operator intervention is instantaneous at any step in the casting process. Easy to use and operate. No special water connections are required. The grid support system assists in the calculation of the amount of pulp required. The vacuum cleaner is plugged into a ground fault interrupter for safety. The vacuum cleaner is removable from the cabinet and can be used separately from the Fold & Edge Caster.

No.DescriptionCasting AreaCabinet Size
903-001 FE Caster, 110 VAC460 x 150 mm18 x 5 inches610 x 920 x 760 mm24 x 36 x 30 inches
904-001 FE Caster, 220 VAC 460 x 150 mm 18 x 5 inches 610 x 920 x 760 mm 24 x 36 x 30 inches

• Custom sizes available. Please call/e-mail to inquire.

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