Phrasikleia wrote in post #14834659
It doesn't have to be this way. If someone at Lee wanted to get the company out of the 1980's, they could have a better product made in higher volumes. I discussed this video with a specialist in process automation, and he identified several points where robots or machines could be more accurate and more efficient. The change would require a significant investment, but it would pay off eventually. Perhaps the owners of the company don't see the market growing enough to support that kind of investment, or maybe they are nearing retirement and just don't care.
I was thinking the same thing while watching the video. The lamination, cutting, dipping, quality-control checking, cleaning, and etching could all be automated. In particular, the dipping could be made more consistent. But i think you're right, the market is not large and likely not expanding to justify the automation investment.
However, I'd like to see how a reverse grad filter is made.
As for the Lee hardware, i wonder why the screws and holders run through periodic shortages. And why are there no alternative sources for the screws? Its an odd pitch, i searched 2 complete hardware stores and neither had screws that fit the holders exactly.