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ImageMakers

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Hello - I have the CPP2 and was wondering if you all thought this would work for commercial purposes. I could probably bring in a few hundred rolls a month and get $3.75 a roll. Would the CPP2 be cost effective in your opinion?

Thanks-Jim
 

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I wouldn't really know, but you could do the maths and see if this is profitable. To be honest, if 50% of what you charge is running expenses (excluding repair costs and depreciation of the equipment) then you are in the right track.

So do a calculation based on the cost of chemicals, water and electricity per run (not per roll of film - I assume that you will be developing a minimum of 6 films per run)to get a rough estimate. Don't forget to include labour and handlling costs (sleeves to store developed film and envelopes to hand it over to customers) and after you arrive at the final per film figure you will know if it is cost effective.

I do not own/use a CPP2 so I do not know how reliable it is and what the average repair cost is, but I'm sure that there are members here that can assist in this.
 

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You might look at the ATL 2000 instead. It is fully automated, so you won't be a slave to the machine during processing. They go used on EBay for not a whole lot more than the CPP-2.

I like my CPP-2, but I don't know if I'd want to commit my business to it. (I'm just a hobbiest and use it for my home development.) It is reliable and very accurate, but the ATL 2000 will be more accurate, because the human is taken completely out of the processing loop. Also, I believe the ATL series can be readily connected to silver recovery equipment, which you'll probably need to operate commercially (check your local ordinances). There are other models in the ATL series that you could consider as well - the ATL 1000 or 1500 do film only, but are a lot more space efficient. There are higher-end machines, but the ones mentioned here are probably sufficient to your needs.

-chuck
 
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Thanks guys- I know about the ATL. I might use the Jobo to start with, then pick up the ATL. - Jim
 
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