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Offline inkman996

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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2019, 11:50:51 AM »
The biggest tip with the Douthit machines is to only add HALF a block of wax at a time.

We leave ours on and in standby from 4pm to 7am and over the weekend.

Why only half a block?

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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2019, 03:12:35 PM »
John!! We are all wondering? Why the half?  thansk

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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2019, 04:03:09 PM »
Probably if you put a full one in, and run the machine it can slosh ink out of the reservoir it melts in.

We cut ours into smaller pieces as well when putting in more ink to avoid spills.

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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2019, 05:50:01 PM »
The full block is to much for the reservoir and is a cause of the top vacuum line getting clogged.

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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2019, 08:55:56 AM »
Congrats on the Douthitt! It really is a game changer.

regarding half a block, we have always waited until we get the yellow 'add more' wax bar. We'll still run screens for a bit, and then throw in a full bar. We have run into clogged top vacuum line in the past but thought that was more a temperature issue.


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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #20 on: June 12, 2019, 09:08:58 AM »
What is the cost per screen with a wax jet?

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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2019, 09:17:58 AM »
What is the cost per screen with a wax jet?

inconsequential. maybe a few cents.  if you are looking at not buying film as the money saver, you are looking at the wrong thing.  The real time saver comes from the labor savings.  The workflow for us now is as follows: Douthitt>exposure>rinse>dry>press.  We have cut out at least half of our screen handling and setup times.

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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2019, 09:23:35 AM »
The biggest tip with the Douthit machines is to only add HALF a block of wax at a time.

We leave ours on and in standby from 4pm to 7am and over the weekend.

+1 - if you add the full block it clogs the P1 hose. We go a 1/4 block at a time even.

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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #23 on: June 12, 2019, 10:36:34 AM »
What is the cost per screen with a wax jet?

inconsequential. maybe a few cents.  if you are looking at not buying film as the money saver, you are looking at the wrong thing.  The real time saver comes from the labor savings.  The workflow for us now is as follows: Douthitt>exposure>rinse>dry>press.  We have cut out at least half of our screen handling and setup times.

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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2019, 06:05:27 AM »
The instructions I got from Douthitt is that using the measuring stick, the bottom mark should be 1" and top mark 2".
Not sure what this means in blocks of wax but you should be able to add a single block of wax.
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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2019, 06:41:14 AM »
 if you are looking at not buying film as the money saver, you are looking at the wrong thing.  The real time saver comes from the labor savings.  The workflow for us now is as follows: Douthitt>exposure>rinse>dry>press.  We have cut out at least half of our screen handling and setup times

The above post is the reason to switch and the added quality and density is the bonus.  Yes, wax consumable is a lot less then film or vellum but as stated not the main reason to switch.  Screen handling and PRESS set up times!

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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #26 on: June 13, 2019, 07:00:20 AM »
Yeah I read somewhere that the replacement head cost is like $4k and should last like 20k screens. That’s about the same consumable cost as film.

So the savings are alllll in time, labour, and headaches.

Thinking we will add wax CTS before a 2nd auto! Just need to figure it out.


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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #27 on: June 13, 2019, 07:36:17 AM »
Yeah I read somewhere that the replacement head cost is like $4k and should last like 20k screens. That’s about the same consumable cost as film.

So the savings are alllll in time, labour, and headaches.

Thinking we will add wax CTS before a 2nd auto! Just need to figure it out.


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Yes, get CTS before second auto. You do not want double the film!!! Trust me.

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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #28 on: June 13, 2019, 07:53:27 AM »
Yes, get CTS before second auto. You do not want double the film!!! Trust me.

That’s a great way to look at it.

Main thing holding our current machine back is still setups. I dunno what I’m waiting for the payment would be like $800 a month pretty sure.



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Re: CTS Wax - Taking the plunge
« Reply #29 on: June 13, 2019, 09:00:47 AM »
Yes, get CTS before second auto. You do not want double the film!!! Trust me.

That’s a great way to look at it.

Main thing holding our current machine back is still setups. I dunno what I’m waiting for the payment would be like $800 a month pretty sure.

Our payment is right around $1k, I financed it for 4 years and plunked a decent down payment on it.  It's worth it.  We only run 1 auto, and I doubt we will ever add a second.