I agree with Mark and Tom. I had 114 reels in a recent project--and the 
client was doing the transfers, I was only doing the baking. I had to 
bake these for 48+ hours, so I gave them 32 tapes a week from the baking 
process. With the exception of one reel of 3M tape, which they returned 
and I baked for three normal batches...cutting down by one the number of 
reels in the normal batches.

I used two food dehydrators with 8 trays each. These were 1/2" tapes on 
metal 10.5" reels.

It seems as if you have your work cut out for you with that many tapes.



On 2011-01-09 9:14 AM, Mark Donahue wrote:
> Sha,
> The real question here is: why would you bake the tapes prior to transfer?
> There is virtually no benefit to baking tapes that will sit back in an
> archive,as they will gradually return bake to their pre-baking
> sticky condition. If the reels are all pancakes, then we just flip them onto
> a flange to bake.
> Our workflow in this regard is to bake in small batches, just enough to
> transfer in the next day or two. That way the tapes have reached their most
> stable state for the transfer.
> If you have 15,000 sticky tapes to transfer, how long is the project going
> to take? If you haven't already done it, you should get a couple of decent
> sized process ovens, which will allow you to bake 50 or 60 tapes at a time
> and be able to monitor the temperature over long periods.
> All the best,
> Mark Donahue
> Soundmirror, Inc.
> Boston MA
> 2011/1/9 Shai Drori<[log in to unmask]>
>> Has anyone tried to bake tapes in the boxes? I usually bake them outside
>> the boxes but now I have about 15,000 tapes to bake and taking them out of
>> the boxes and putting  them back in will be time consuming and could make
>> for a switch between boxes and tapes. What do you think?
>> Sha

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