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In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, we’ve gone deep into our archives to retrieve our very first newsletter – The Reel Sentinel: Volume 1, Number 1. Below is a brief excerpt of the newsletter, you can read the entire newsletter here.

Film Vault to open in Hollywood

State-of-the-art facility is part of new Kodak service center
PRO-TEK 1993 Vol 1 Reel Sentinel-01

The Reel Sentinel: Volume 1, Number 1

FPC is offering state-of-the-art film preservation vault and inspection services at the new Kodak film distribution center in Hollywood. The 14,000-square-footFPC facility w1ll handle all film types and formats (except nitrate-base) as well as magnetic sound masters.

There are three separate PRO-TEK vaults offering medium-term and extended-term storage. Total capacity is 432,000 film cans of 1,000- and 2,000-foot rolls.

The vaults will be maintained strict temperature and humidity levels based on ANSI (American National Standards Institute) IT9.11 standards. Those standards call for the extended terms vaults to be kept at 34 degrees Fahrenheit, plus or minus 2 degrees, and at 25 relative humidity (RH), plus or minus 5 percent.

The two medium-term storage vaults will be kept at 45 F, plus or minus 2 degrees, and 25 RH, plus or minus 5 percent. These values are for less critical color materials, black-and-white film and magnetic media.

Temperature, humidity and air quality conditions will be carefully monitored and recorded by computer 24 hours a day as well as by employees on site. Even in the unlikely event of a complete power outage, proper temperature and humidity levels can be maintained for at least 2 days.

“Studies have shown proper storage conditions will significantly extend the life expectancy of films by reducing dye fading and base deterioration,” says operations… Read the full newsletter here.

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