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Anhtu Vu
Film Handler

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From: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Registered: Jun 2013

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We are finishing putting together two projectors for our archive department.

I need to measure the film tension in the feed or take up reel and measure the tension necessary to move the film through the projector gate with a dynamometer. Any suggestions ?

Our goal under normal operating condition is to to have a tension between 6 - 16 oz-feet.

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Steve Guttag
We forgot the crackers Gromit!!!

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From: Annapolis, MD
Registered: Dec 1999

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Use a spring scale.

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David Boyd
Film Handler

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From: Edinburgh, Midlothian, UK
Registered: Sep 2008

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Here are some we use, should be easy enough to obtain online in the USA. They range from N (Newtons) to e.g. 100g, 500g and 1kg - not sure how that equates in Imperial measurements.

Cant seem to attach a picture, but you get the idea.

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Richard Fowler
Film God

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From: Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA
Registered: Jun 2001

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Chatillon LP36 push / pull scale 0 to 36 oz in 1/4 oz grauation.
There is a more expensive 516 unit but the LP36 should do the job.

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