I think from here on in I'll just limit my postings to Merry
Christmas, as I realize I'm in over my head with the pros on the
list. Forgive me Mike Spitz, as a senior moment overtook me.
On Dec 22, 2010, at 6:01 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
> Hello, Ken,
> I find your paraphrase of Mike Spitz's statement interesting as
> whale oil was the lubrication component of the binder system and
> not the binder per se. Lubricants were still added to the polyester-
> polyurethane binder system, when it was introduced.
> While this is an interesting story and lubricant/binder
> compatibility may be an issue, I have not been able to substantiate
> this in any of my research.
> The major whaling ban was passed in 1983, going into effect in
> 1986, so whaling was prevalent through 1985, at least in Iceland as
> this history shows.
> SSS tape was manufactured prior to 1983. I have some Ampex 407 that
> I purchased in 1982 that went sticky by about 1990 (or so).
> However, the U.S. appears to have banned import of sperm whale oil
> in 1971.
> I think 1971 is too early a date for manufacture of SSS tape, but
> perhaps there were large reserves of the oil at the manufacturers?
> I still think we're seeing a binder failure issue and not a
> lubrication failure issue.
> On 2010-12-22 5:19 PM, Ken Fritz wrote:
>> This is a FWIW posting regarding the SSS problem and I'm sure
>> many of you already know this.
>> The owner of the only US tape manufacturing facility passed this
>> on to me a year or so ago and I hope I'm forwarding the correct
>> Whale oil was always used in the binder of tape until the ban on
>> whale harvesting went into effect. We observed the ban while the
>> Japanese didn't. We switched to a polyurethane base while the
>> Japanese continued to use whale oil until they stopped making
>> tape. I believe today's technology, regarding polyurethanes, has
>> solved the problem but only time will tell.
>> Merry Christmas all, Ken
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