The Docustat is used to recover indented writing (indented writing occurs when someone presses a pencil or pen to paper, creating a perfect copy of the text on the page directly below).
To recover the writing, technicians place the page on the surface (the bed) of the Docustat device and then cover the page with a film. An internal vacuum is activated. Then, a special toner mixed with tiny glass beads is poured across the page containing the indented writing. The toner sticks to the valleys in the page, creating a perfect image of the “lost writing.”.
Document humidifiers are used to create an attraction to static electricity to evidence. The presence of the electricity greatly enhances the chance of recovering the writing.
Not only does the vacuum box help develop indented writing, it’s also used to enhance marks made in dust.
*Today’s post is brief because it’s moving day for me. We’ll be out of the corner room at the “Y” by nightfall, finally. And that means I’ll have real internet service again. I do apologize for all the missed and unanswered emails during our transition from the Northeast to the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. If you sent me a message and I didn’t answer please resend it. Things should be back to normal by the end of the week.
You know, it’ll be kind of nice living just a hoot and a holler from Mayberry, Mt. Pilot, and Myers Lake. Y’all come…
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Author Terry Odell is giving away a copy of this fine book. Please visit Terry’s website for details.