Vintage Machinery News brings you the hot topics of the past from classic equipment and machinery publications. This week’s news comes from Practical Engineering 1940 Vol 1 No.1.
Largest Electric Furnace in South Africa
MR. J. H. CROSSLEY, B.Sc, sales manager of Birmingham Electric Furnaces, Ltd., has just returned to England by air from South Africa, where he has made an extensive tour of industrial plants in the Union and Rhodesia. During the course of this trip, Mr. Crossley supervised the erection of the largest electric arc furnace yet installed in South Africa.
Manchester Engineers Meet Again
THE Manchester Association of Engineers has decided to resume its regular meetings, which were suspended at the beginning of the war. The meetings are usually held at the Engineers' Club, Albert Square.
Hull Engineers' " Journal "
THE Hull Association of Engineers have decided to continue the production of their " Journal " in spite of the war, and a new number has recently been put into circulation.
Trolley Buses for Trinidad
AN order for 14 complete trolley buses for use in Trinidad, British West Indies, has recently been received from the Crown Agents for the Colonies by Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies, Ltd., of Ipswich. The vehicles will be 31-seaters, equipped with 40 h.p. Ransomes standard lightweight traction motors, series wound for series field-regulated control.
Cincinnati Milling Machines
CINCINNATI MILLING MACHINES, LTD., of Woodlands Farm Road, Tyburn, Birmingham, state that the complete range of Cin-cinatti cylindrical and centreless grinding machines—all of which are provided with the Filmatic spindle bearing—are now marketed in Great Britain through Charles Churchill and Co., Ltd., of Coventry Road, South Yardley, - Birmingham.
Industrial Expansion in Australia
IN connection with the expansion of the Royal Australian Air Force, the Commonwealth Government is making plans to increase home-production of aircraft on a wide scale. Among other things, it is to undertake the intensive training of tool makers, while other skilled tradesmen required will be obtained by selecting suitable men for intensive courses at technical colleges. It is hoped to train at least 120 picked tradesmen to tool-making standard within six months by using the equipment at present available. To supplement this, the Government have placed orders abroad for additional equipment to the value of £85,000.