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IPMc Startup Day
Photograhy by Dawn Mills

Note: Some photograpns have been electronically obscured to protect trade secret information.

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Storage Vats
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A gelatin flask drawing power to keep the temperature stable
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Bulk gelatin in granular form
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IPMc Plant manager Jeffrey Danta talks about the manufacturing process
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Outside water processing and air conditioning are critical
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This mixer blends pigment into the gelatin, and mechanically heats it
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Bud Orr looks at some color samples
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The encapsulation machine at work
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Bud watches paint injected into the dies
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These drying trays stack high, but allow air to flow between them
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One of the two dies that shape the paintball and cut the two halves apart
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End view of the die
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Bud shows Sonny Lopez and Jerry Olmstead how squishy the paint is when it comes out of the machine
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From the encapsulator the balls drop onto a conveyor belt
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A ball coming out of the die
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Bud, enthusiastic about the new paint
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From the conveyor the paint drops into the dryer 
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Paint dropping out from the encapsulator
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Staff from IPM and Worr Game Products on the first day of making Worr Paint
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The new paintballs are flicked out of the die by a spinning bar
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With the machine stopped, the bar is clearly visible
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The gelatin flasks in back deliver liquid that is chilled on rollers into a sheet, and rolled between the dies on each side.  The white hoses deliver fill to the middle as the gelatin is sandiwched together.
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During the first test runs paint fill was loaded into the encapsulator one bucket at a time - this would soon be replaced by a pump system

 


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