INTRODUCING THE MARK II AND AMP MATE
Matt Findlay - 29/06/2018
New product release schedule.
All of our distributors worldwide have been out of stock for several months while we transition from our original Mark l annealer to the new Mark ll model.
The actual technology for the Mark ll annealer is complete, and the results are better than we originally thought possible. It is an awesome product. The delays have been caused by two factors.
Firstly, the new model had to be re-submitted for certification for both FCC (EMC emissions) and Electrical Safety. This is an arduous and expensive process which has taken a little longer than expected. Final sign off should be mid-July. We are proud of the fact that our annealers conform to all relevant international standards.
Secondly, there is currently a worldwide shortage of some critical electrical components involved in our circuit board build. This is out of our control. Some of these parts have lead times of many months. Thankfully, our PCB manufacturer now has all the components needed to complete the circuit boards for the Mark ll Annealers. The PCBs are now in full production and we should be receiving them in late July. All other components are in hand.
We apologies for the delay. We should start shipping the Mark ll annealer by the end of July. It will be worth the wait!
AMP MATE Autofeeder
We have had the first 500 AMP MATEs part built for the last few months, just waiting on the circuit boards to be completed. As with the annealers, the worldwide electrical component shortage has put these behind schedule. The good news is that we are now taking delivery of the first PCBs, and are busy completing assembly, test running every unit, and packaging. We will start shipping late July.
Introducing Annealing Made Perfect’s MARK II universal annealer.
New Pilots for the .50 BMG family of cases next to Pilot #11 for comparrison
User replaceable boss and additional ceramic heat shield for superior heat protection.
Upgraded cooling fans with variable speed to provide cooling when you need it and reduced sound when you don't.
Additional air intakes and vastly improved air flow for extended endurance.
For the last two years we have been working on a new .50 BMG capable annealer. Because of numerous technical issues, we believed it would have to be a stand-alone unit, dedicated to 50 BMG and its wildcats. However, with our recent advances in our software and circuitry, and with the addition of AZTEC software, we have overcome the restrictions. Our Mark ll model is now the ultimate annealer. It is universal, accurately annealing cases from .17 Hornet right up to and including 50 BMG.
Due to the minimum ordering quantities of components, it is not realistic for us to manufacture both the original standard Mark l and new Mark ll models of the annealer. Therefore, all new annealers will be the Mark ll model.
We feel that AZTEC is now a defining feature of our annealer and should be the normal mode of operation. It allows customers complete independence in determining the exact, correct annealing settings, regardless of cartridge, brand, neck wall thickness or lot number. Click here for details. The feedback we are receiving is that most new customers want AZTEC pre-loaded.
We have therefore decided to standardize AZTEC software in every Mark ll annealer and adjust the price accordingly. Note: when we first released our AZTEC software in April, we stated that it would be an optional upgrade to existing and future machines. In practice the downloading and unlocking process has proven very cumbersome for many customers, and our distributors.
We will continue to offer our brass calibration service and the original standard programs will still apply.
The Mark II model has the following improvements:
- Larger inductor to suit 50 BMG.
- Capable of annealing everything from .17 Hornet to 50 BMG.
- Significantly more output power.
- Ceramic heat shield in the inductor to aid in heat management.
- Superior cooling allowing near indefinite run time on smaller cases such as 223.
- User replaceable pilot boss should the existing one get cross threaded or damaged.
- An increase on the Warranty from one year to 3 years.
- AZTEC MODE included and ready to use.
- Existing STANDARD program range expanded and updated. The expanded programs can also be patched onto existing Mark I units.
The improvements listed above come at a cost. There is just no way we can hold the Mark l price. We do not set the retail price, but the new price will reflect the previous cost of a Mark l annealer, plus the additional build costs for Mark ll, plus AZTEC.