YOU TOO CAN EASILY TEST A SCANNING FLUID FOR EQUIPMENT SAFETY
                                        Significance of the Cup Test
  • Polystyrene foam like the canary in the mine: Like scanner drums it is  highly  susceptible to attack by
    aromatic hydrocarbons in some scanning fluids. These are the same substances that damage legacy films
    by extraction of the plasticizer, which cause embrittlement and fire danger amd which Lumina does not
    contain.
  • A scanning fluid that passes the cup test, is safer for film and scanner drums.  .
For this Test  you need
  1. Cups as used for hot drinks
  2. Two jars a bit wider than the bottom of
    the cup to support the cups during the
    test.
  3. Saran Wrap to cover the cup to prevent
    evaporation of the fluid during the test.  
  4. About 2 oz (60 ml) of  scanning fluid.
    Doing The Cup Test
  1. Sit the cups on the jar
  2. Pour the equal amounts of fluid in the cups
  3. Cover both cup and jar with clear plastic Wrap.  
  4. Allow to sit overnight or longer
  5. Inspect the cups and compare then with a new cup.
Start of the test
24 hours later, end of the test
LUMINA                    Other Fluid     
New Cup                             LUMINA                  Other scanning Fluid
LUMINA Information on use and safety
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    Packaging
    8 Oz botttles in clear PET bottle
    with pump.
    Vac pack option for users that
    order 8 or more bottles.
    LUMINA SHIPPING
    Can be shipped by surface transport in quantities
    less than 450 L.
    Air regulations do not allow fluids on board, You
    can’t carry it by air with you or in your luggage
    We will not ship it by air
    LUMINA shipments go surface
LUMINA COVERAGE, 8 Oz Bottles, ~225 mls
Bottles
35 mm  6 frame
strips
6x7
4x5
8x10
1
50
80
50
14
4
200
240
200
56
8
400
480
400
112
ScanScience
Fluid Scanning Technology
  • LUMINA is 100% safe for all scanners and film, even legacy
    film
  • Ultra Pure, double filtered, safe to use
  • Naturally odorless, needs no masking agents that leave
    residues
  • Free of harmful aromatic hydrocarbons like xylene, toluene
    or ring compounds and olefins that attack scanner drums.
  • Passes the cup test: safe for film and scanner drums
  • Because of molecular design, it  contains only what is
    needed for scanning
  • Evaporation rate is smooth and consistent with no fractions
    that flash off, causing starving edges.
  • More economical than cheaper old fluids
  • Needs no post cleaning. A wipe shortens drying time.
  • Highly stable produces no oily residues when stored for
    long periods
A CHEMICAL EXPERT VIEWS  ON SCANNING FLUIDS
Are any scanning
fluids
"NON -TOXIC" ?
NO! All scanning fluids are petroleum distillates and all are TOXIC.  
There are no exceptions! But the degree of toxicity of scanning
fluids can vary a great deal.
Respiratory toxicity increases with volatility and the %  of aromatic
hydrocarbons in the mixture.
Beware of information sources that claim that any product consisting of
petroleum distillates is non-toxic. This is simply not true.
Reliable sources of toxicity data are among others National Institute of Safety
and Health (NIOSH), USA. For lay readers check

http:
//www.accessmedicine.com/content.aspx?aID=21282, there are many
others
.
Can a fluid be
detoxed by adding
odorants ?
NO!  An odourant kills the smell but it is not the smell that kills you: Carbon
Monoxide is odorless but can kill you.
Smelly Stuff
Can be Indicative of strong solvents that can extract plasticizers (Tri-Phenyl
Phosphate) from legacy films),  and damage equipment such as the Epson
Fluid mount tray. Smelly stuff can be indicative of a higher health hazard in the
environment it produces smog, and is ecologically unfriendly,
During storage can oxidize  and become oily, leaving residues on film.
n-Hexane
Some scanning fluids contain n-Hexane. It is a neuro-toxin that damages the
nervous system of frequent users who inhale it.  LUMINA is free of N-Hexane.
Flammability look for
Flash Point
Higher FP = Safer
Lower FP = Less Safe
FP Below RT:
beware!
FP is a measure of flammability. Ask your supplier for the LAB  measured
Flash Point. Do not rely on makeshift tests.
All hydrocarbon fluids have a flash point.  If heated they may reach the
temperature at which they can cause fire or explosion.
A safer scanning fluid is one whose Flash Point is higher than room
temperature. Indoor use of low flash point fluids poses serious risk, and may
void your insurance.   
It is a sound practice with all organic substances to minimize inhalation.
LUMINA SAFETY ADVANTAGES
Operator Safe
Lower toxicity than other scanning fluids
100%
Drum-Scanner
safe
Will not stress scanner drums. For more info read the Drum Scanner page in
this website, under Kits 4 My scanner.
100% Film Safe
Free of all substances that damage even archival films with a cellulose
nitrate base.
Odourless
Pleasant to work with.
More economical
Less is wasted in unwanted premature evaporation during application.
Not flammable
Flash Point above Room Temperature
Earth friendly
No smog-producing components
Molecular design
Contains only what is needed for scanning
NOT an oil
Dries clean
NO TAPING
On flatbed scanners to prevent evaporation and drying up on edges- Less
work, less fuss.
Ideal surface
tension
Binds' the assembly effectively during the scan
Stable in storage
Very long shelf life, Does not become oily or gum up, no readily oxidizable