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Vision 039

Our Reliability Laboratorios were featured
in a recent issue: now Mr. V. G. Parry,
Inspection and Quality Control Manager.
tells about our latest testing facilities.
.-11 the lop the page is a i)pical roundness
chart such Os is provided by this
Moore measuring machine. The full ten
divisions of the radial lines equal about
one twentieth the thickness of human hair!
THE ingenious design and high speed
of the 2400 machine is such that it
requires several sophisticated components,
such as cams, to conform to a
particularly high degree of accuracy.
To this end, a comprehensively
equipped, high precision measurements
laboratory has been established at our
Plant on the lower ground floor of the
813 assembly building.
Leading companies having similar
laboratories variously refer to them as
the Standards Room (as we are doing).
the Metrology Department (metrology
is the science of measurement), or the
Gauge Laboratory: the latter is the term
used by Xerox Corporation for the
similar facility which they have provided
at Webster.
Although provided primarily to cover
the gauging and tooling programme for
the 2400. the new section will be fully
utilised on all products and provide a
service to all departments.
The laboratory has air lock entrances
to minimise disturbance of the air
conditioning system, which controls the
temperature to within two degrees
Fahrenheit. Any fluctuation in temperature
could affect measurement results.
Optimum air change. %sithout
draughts. is attained by the use of a
new type of perforated plastic ceiling
construction, so that ducting and grilles
are unobtrusive.
An optical profile projector enables
the examination of complex contours
at magnifications up to 50 diameters,
the image being displayed on a large
30 in. diameter green glass screen.
Profile diagrams and layouts for use
with this projector are produced on the
co-ordinatograph instrument: this provides
the means for drawing the complex
shapes on to transparent materials
(including glass) or on to metal for use
as templates.
A Moore measuring machine gives
virtually ultimate accuracy with its
ability to take measurements to one
hundredth thousandth of an inch
(.00001 in.). It has provision for coordinate
table travel over 14 x 9 in.
This machine will also measure
’roundness’ of shafts, bores, etc., to
similar accuracy and provides a polar
type diagram of the roundness of the
part. Looking at a typical roundness
chart, such as that shown on the left.
one is amazed to find even high quality
work has variations in roundness \\ hen
measured to such accuracy.
The extent of the magnification can
be appreciated when one realises that
the full ten divisions of the radial lines
equal only one ten thousandth of an
inch (.0001 in.), i.e. about one twentieth
the thickness of a human hair!
Perhaps the most impressive item
among the range of equipment is a large
granite surface table, measuring 10 ft.
by 6 ft. and weighing five tons, imported
from California.
The top surface of this table is accurately
flat to toolroom grade. Black
granite is considered an ideal medium
for surface tables because of its good
stability, hard wearing properties and
freedom from corrosion. Instruments
Mr. G. Brooks checks the tooth profile of a worm gear on the optical profile projector.
Mr. D. Beddis, who is in charge of the kboratory, is seen operating the indexing unit
on the fire-ton granite surface table.
slide more readily on its surface and it
is less ‘chill’ to work upon than the
earlier type of metal plates.
On this surface table is mounted a
rotatable and inclinable indexing unit
which gives angular measurements, in
any desired plane from vertical to horizontal,
to an accuracy of subdivision of
a circle of one second of arc. When one
considers that a circle measures 360′,
that there are 60 minutes in a degree,
and 60 seconds in a minute, one can
appreciate the fineness of measurement.
The main face-plate is 36 in. in
diameter. The base is grooved for an
air supply to permit the unit to be
virtually ‘floated’ to different positions,
when required, somewhat on the ‘hover-
craft’ principle. There are, in addition,
two smaller granite tables, each measuring
6 ft. by 4 ft.
A Sound Maxim
11 here is a very sound maxim which
goes: “The ability of engineers to manufacture
components is dependent on
having adequate facility to measure and
determine that products made actually
fulfil requirements.”
The existence of this laboratory certainly
ensures that our engineers have
more than ‘adequate facility’, and that
our Plant will be able to continue, and
even improve upon, the high standards
of quality and reliability currently
achieved and required for future
FIRST U.K. public display of xeroduplicators will be on stand
no. 207/210 at the Business Efficiency Exhibition at Olympia
from October 3 to 12. On view will be the 2400, the 720,
the 330 and the 420. On the other Rank Xerox stand,
no. 205, will be shown the 914 and 813 copiers in conjunction
with a wide range of systems for which they are particularly
well suited. In addition there will be an 1824 printer, similar
to the ten recently ordered by Rolls-Royce for printing their
engineering dram ings.
A NEW revolutionary writing board for the classroom has
been developed by Rank Audio Visual Ltd. Instead of the
familiar black board, there is a white writing surface: the
teacher uses water soluble felt tipped pens, available in a
wide range of colours. The board can be utilised as a
projection screen as well.
Looks Ahead
A White
for the
PINEWOOD STUDIOS is getting a ‘new look’ these days. Two
new dual purpose sound stages have been built to meet the
differing requirements for feature film and television production
incorporated into them %% ill be viewing rooms from
which visitors can watch (and listen) during shooting. Another
forward-looking step: the building of a heliport in the studio
THE emblem of the Queen’s Award to Industry was presented
to The Rank Organisation on July 18 by Field Marshal the
Earl Alexander of Tunis. Among the 450 people attending
the presentation at the Dorchester Hotel, London, were a
representative party from Mitcheldean: Mr. F. Wickstead.
Mr. C. W. Hotelier’, and Mr. A. S. Pratt. together with
Messrs. P. Davis (Plating
Shop). R. Dixon
(Purchase), J. Morgan
(Press Shop) and R.
Pyart (Design), and
their wives. Our picture
shows Phil Davis and
‘Taffy’ Morgan posing
ith a mounted symbol
of the award. The citation
on it reads: ‘Presented
to the Rank
Organisation for export
achievement by Rank
Xerox and Rank Taylor
Hobson (Leicester Unit)
and for technological
innovation in optical
engineering by the
latter’. A. HAMIIIN
team test
SINCE last appearing in print the Rank
Xerox Cricket XI have played four
further fixtures with mixed fortunes.
On Sunday, June 19, players and wives
travelled to Birmingham for an all-day
match with Wilmot Breeden Ltd. The
result was an overwhelming victory for
Rank Xerox by eight wickets, Wilmot
Breeden being dismissed for 45 and 60
in their two innings in reply to Ranks
99 for 6 declared and 62-2 declared.
Best performances at bowling were by
C. Butler with a match analysis 11
wickets for 45 runs and R. Powell
4 wickets for 8 runs. Batting honours
went to R. Jones (38 not out), B. Powell
(33 not out) and R. Powell (28).
On Sunday. July 3, Gloucester Civil
Service were the opponents and again
Ranks brought off a very fine win.
The Rank total of 88 on a good wicket,
in which R. Powell (17), F. Abbott (14)
and L. Bonser (11 not out) were the
only players to obtain double figures,
did not appear to be enough, but thanks
to the bowling of K. Townsend (3
wickets for 19 runs off 14 overs) and
R. Powell (6 for 37 off 13 overs), Civil
Service were dismissed for 75, leaving
Ranks victors by 13 runs.
The following Sunday Ranks travelled
to Fielding & Platts in pouring rain.
Fieldings were prepared to play in the
damp and cold conditions and earned a
resounding victory over Ranks by 10
wickets: Ranks (with only nine men,
presumably because of weather conditions)
were dismissed for 37 runs.
Fieldings’ opening batsmen found little
difficulty in scoring the required runs for
A week later, on Sunday, July 17,
Uley were the opponents. Ranks, batting
first, amassed the total of 114 runs,
thanks to R. Jones (33), B. Fisher (20),
R. Spencer (15) and D. Baldwin (10),
the main feature of the innings being the
eighth wicket stand between R. Jones
and B. Fisher of 44.
Uley, thanks to some slipshod fielding
by Ranks, were able to score the required
runs for the loss of only 2 wickets, the
highlight of the day being a fine innings
Carole Pitt Ruby Betas .41111 Satillders
of 71 not out by R. Clutterbuck for
Uley. For Ranks, K. Townsend bowled
well without a great deal of luck, bowling
13 overs and conceding 18 runs.
Looking back over the four games, it
becomes evident that the Section requires
a little more experience as a
team, but, although suffering some heavy
defeats, the players are enjoying playing
good teams on good grounds.-R.
club for dancers
KEEN ballroom dancers %% ill have been
glad to learn of the formation of a
Dancing Club meeting every Friday
(7.30-9.30 p.m.) in the Social Centre
ballroom. Apart from dancing themselves,
members may hold competitions,
attend dance festivals, and visit Top
Rank and other ballrooms in the vicinity.
It is open to any member of the Sports
& Social Club who, incidentally, are
providing the money for the dance
Officers of the club are: Chairman:
Mr. I. Griffin: Secretary: Mrs. P.
Herbert; Treasurer: Mr. N. Griffiths:
Committee: Miss S. Stephens, Mr. J.
More news about achievements by
Ballroom Dancing Class members at the
Dancing Teachers’ Association medal
test at Gloucester on July 18. Mr.
Joseph Hamlin (Production Control)
gained his bronze medal (quickstep,
waltz and foxtrot), while his wife Mary
passed her bronze with distinction:
Mrs. Peggy Herbert (Machine Shop),
partnered by Mr. Griffin, gained her
silver medal (quickstep, waltz, foxtrot
and tango) and achieved distinction in
the cha-cha-cha: and young Glyn
Griffin passed his junior silver exam.
(waltz, quickstep and foxtrot) and also
gained a distinction (with excellent
marks of 85) in the cha-cha-cha.
ten best films
THE full programme arranged for the
current season by the Cine & Photographic
Club is to commence on September
14 with a showing of the ‘Ten Best
Amateur Films’ for 1965 in the Social
Centre. It starts at 7.30 p.m. and everybody
is welcome.
Flashback to early summer when the holiday weather was still an unknown
quantity! Here we put on pictorial record some of the outfits modelled
at the third fashion show to be held by the Ladies’ Keep Fit group.
DIdle Pursim % Edna Hartman Margaret Pitt
Bubbling over with pink, red and orange balloons
that kept popping in the hot sun, this Rank Xerox
lorry made a striking feature of the Mitcheldean &
District Carnival procession on August 20. The
balloons, which bore the lorry’s slogan ‘Rank
Xerox-Export Pacesetters’, were thrown to eager
children along the route followed by driver Jack
Gardner. Tying in with this slogan, a white panel
at the rear of the lorry bore a giant size reproduction
of the Queen’s Award symbol. The ladies who
accompanied the lorry were dressed in national
costumes representing 14 of our 17 overseas
subsidiary companies. Posing for a pre-procession
picture are: Ellen Baldwin (Norway), Veronica
Frost (Hong Kong), Ruby Beddis (France), Frances
Jones (Germany), Diana King (Holland), Carole
Pitt (Austria), Angela Morgan (Finland), Margaret
Pitt (Denmark), Jean Davies (Portugal), Margery
Brooks (Italy), Marjorie Jarvis (Switzerland),
Dulcie Parsons (Belgium), Ruby Phillips (Spain)
and Marion Cornwall (Australia). Special thanks
are due to Rank Xerox Exhibitions Department who
designed the float and to Ken Harvey for carrying
out an unusual transport task!
COVER PICTURE: TWW Television personality
Sally Alford places a tiara on the head of the
Carnival Queen Pauline Compton. A tracer in
Design D.O., Pauline celebrated her 19th
birthday the day before.
The pistol is fired-and of to a cracking pace are the 46 runners in the 14-mile road race! Our own two
competitors Ray Wright and Tony Hamblin (seen to the right of the picture below) both completed the course,
to their credit. Winner was the English international cross country champion runner M. J. Price of Bristol
A.C., who set up a new record of 1 hr. 14.4 mitts. Below left: Time-keeper Vic Pickles takes time of to get
an autograph from winning Sally Alford, while stewards Stan Richardson and Tommy Knight watch for the
long distance runners. A final ‘report’ on the right: this ‘Shot Gun Wedding’, arranged by the Canteen ladies,
won them second prize in the competition for the best decorated lorry.
WINE FOR THE MAKING by Laurie Rawlings
A LIFETIME would be too short to
comprehend all that is known, and
the greatest library ever built too small
to house all that has been written on the
subject since man first began to cultivate
the grape and press it into wine. The
vine has been a sacred plant since time
has been recorded; sacred even to God
Himself, for only the wine of the grape
may be used in the celebration of
Christian Mass.
The Greeks introduced the wine
to France where, in Roman times, its
growth became such a rage that it
threatened to oust all other commercial
Vine growing in England declined
with the suppression of the monasteries
and with the growth of overseas trade.
In the 16th and 17th centuries an abundance
of cheap wine was imported from
France and so the supply was
When glasshouses were invented
grapevines were grown in them and
always, except for a few years between
the two great wars, some enthusiats
could be found who had them out of
The making of grape wine is of
peculiar interest to the contemporary
wine maker: except in an unusually
unpropitious season, it is quite unnecessary
to add sugar to grape juice and even
in the unhappiest years the quantities
used are small.
Such years are as common in France
as they are likely to be in England and
it is not generally realised how little
difference there is in the climate of the
two countries.
Meteorological comparisons between
them show the advantage to be rather
with England, and a comparison of the
climates of Gloucestershire and Burgundy
showed a result in favour of
our county! But the weather in Burgundy
is more settled than in England
and more sun is often had in September
and October when the grapes are ready
for picking.
Nevertheless, good wines were once
made in England and could be so again,
were experiments to be carried out.
Traditional Cottage Recipe
(,4s given by F. W. Beech in ‘Home
Made Wines and Syrups’.)
4 lb. grapes
31 lb. sugar (white)
One gallon of water
In this recipe water is added to reduce
the natural acidity of the juice, but at
the same time the fruit flavour is correspondingly
Strip the grapes from their stalks and
bruise well in a clean bowl or wooden
tub. Pour cold water over the pulp and
leave covered with a thick cloth for
three days, stirring frequently.
Strain through muslin and to each
gallon add 3+ lb. white sugar, stir until
the sugar dissolves and then pour into
a clean jar or cask. Insert an air lock or
a loosely fitting bung and leave in a
warm room until fermentation ceases.
Remove to a cold room and leave one
or two weeks, then syphon or decant
the wine into a clean jar without disturbing
the yeast deposit.
Make sure the jar is filled when the
cork is inserted. Wax over the top and
leave six months. Syphon or decant
again, bottle, cork and wire. Store the
bottles on their sides in a cellar for a
further six months before sampling.
This recipe gives a dry wine, the
colour varying from white to pink,
depending on the types of grapes used.
If a sparkling wine is preferred. add two
raisins to each bottle before corking.
For a sweet still wine add 5-6 lb. sugar
to each gallon of juice instead of 3+ lb.
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AFrER weeks of excited anticipation,
mingled with anxiety because of the
illness of our organiser, Mr. Fred.
Goodyear, we left for Austria on a
bright Sunday morning in July, ready
for the adventure that lay before us.
There should have been 43 of us
altogether, but ill health prevented not
only Mr. and Mrs. Goodyear, but also
Mr. and Mrs. J. Cruickshank from being
among the party.
The crossing to Ostend was a good
one and we spent our first night at
Bruges. The next day we travelled on
the Autobahn into Germany, stopping
for refreshments near Cologne, where
several of our party were able to enjoy
free beer owing to a fault in the vending
The next stage of our journey will be
remembered for a long time: we drove
alongside the Rhine for many miles,
admiring the vineyards, chateaux and
river traffic, finally arriving at Wiesbaden
in Germany %% here we spent our second
Our journey continued among more
beautiful scenery and at last we were
at our destination, Dornbirn in Austria,
where we spent four very happy daysand
memorable evenings.
We were able to attend the Dornbirn
National Festival of Music and Folk
Dancing, and we visited Bregenz and
also Zurich in Switzerland. All too soon
we had to leave Austria and retrace our
journey homewards.
Our trip, enhanced by the friendly
company of our fellow workers, was
voted a great success. We covered
some 2,000 miles and our thanks go to
Mr. E. Cottrell, our driver, together
with our congratulations on his first
drive on the Continent. A big thankyou
also to young Wendy Abbott who
acted as our interpreter.-D. Hanman.
ABOVI.: and Wrs. T. Baxter
New Appointment
NIL Roger S. Pratt took up his appointment
as Personal Assistant to Mr. F.
Wickstcad on August I last. Mr. Pratt
has worked in the Project Engineering
Department for the past three years, and
has recently concluded a post-graduate
course of studies at the Department of
Industrial Engineering and Management
at Loughborough University of Technology.
They’re 21
Mr. Ewart Lougher (T.E.D.) on July 8.
Miss Susan Brown (T.E.D.) on July 13.
They’re Engaged
Miss Joan Chapman (Mr. T. Walding’s
office) to Mr. Derek Jones (914 Assembly)
on June 11.
Miss Joan Mills (813 Assembly) to Mr.
Paul Robert (813 Inspection) on June 25.
Miss Wendy Williams (Despatch Office)
to Mr. David Cox (2400, Project 15) on
July 16. Wendy also celebrated her 21st
birthday on September 1.
They’re Married
Mr. Barry Moore (Project 9 Machine
Shop) to Miss Jacqueline Prosser at St.
Michaels Church, Mitcheldean, on
July 2.
Miss Cissie Jones (formerly Press Shop).
a member of the Long Service Association,
to Mr. Derek Nash at Lydney
Registry Office on July 5.
Miss Marlene Lane (Design D.O.) to
Mr. Trevor Baxter (Goods Inwards
Mr. and Airs.
A. Hart
Inspection) at Lydbrook Parish Church
on July 16.
Also on July 16, Miss Pearl Roberts
(914 Assembly) to Mr. Ken Hobbs
(Project 9 Machine Shop) at Lydney
Registry Office.
Miss Brenda Beckett (secretary to Mr.
R. E. Baker) to Mr. Dennis Haysome
at St. Stephen’s Church, Cinderford, on
July 23.
Also on July 23. Mr. Robert Smith
(0. & M. Department) to Miss Kathleen
Stevens at the Baptist Chapel. Cinderford.
Miss Barbara Thornton (formerly
Chemical Laboratory) to Mr. Anthony
Hart at the Catholic Church, Cinderford.
on August 6.
ABovE: Mr. and MrA. B. Moore with the
Bishop of Brechin. BELOW : Mr. and Mrs.
.11,-. and Mrs. R. Smith
They’ve Arrived
Ian, a son for Mrs. Maureen Howells
(813 Progress), on May 22.
Lisa, a daughter for Mrs. Denise Jones
(813 Assembly). on June 15.
Mark Anthony, a son for Mrs. Hazel
Jones (formerly in 813 Assembly), on
June 15.
Clare a daughter for Mr. Ray
Wright (Design D.O.) on June 17.
Maureen. a daughter for Mrs. Dorothy
Burlow (formerly 813 Time Office), on
July I.
Susan Marie, a daughter for Mr.
Edward Tuffley (T.E.D.) and his wife
Regina (who used to work in Export
Sales when we were Rank Precision
Industries), on July 3.
Rowan, a son for Mr. Robin Berks
(Production Control) and his wife
Dorine. on July 4.
`Knitmaster’ knitting machine for salewith
or without ribbing attachment.
Offers to: Mr. P. Jordan (T.E.D.).
`Leeway’ High Pram for sale. Excellent
condition. Black and white. Canopy,
cat net and shopping rack all included.
Offers to: Mr. R. Evans (T.E.D.).
Photographers Please Note – Agilux
camera for sale; 1.4.5 lens, nine speeds
(I sec. to 1/350 sec.), built-in rangefinder.
Takes 12 on 120 film. £6.
Reply to Mr. R. Berks (2400 Production
The retirement of Sid Ferris on July 22 gave Goods Inwards Inspection a good excuse
for a party, which they held at the King’s Head, Littledean, and for Nye taking of this
‘family album picture of the department.
Roger Pockett
We record with regret the death of
Roger A. Pockett last June, as the result
of a motor cycle accident at Westonunder-
Penyard. Roger, a first-year
apprentice, was only 17 years old.
This beautiful carving of a child’s hands
in prayer was executed in lime wood by
Stan Cherry (T.E.D.). It was one of five
examples of his work recently shown at
the West Gloucestershire Art Society’s
exhibition at the Forest of Dean Technical
College, Cimlerford.
THL Company’s Seventh Annual DanL,
& Reunion will take place on Friday.
November 25. Once again it will be
held in the Social Centre and will
feature the election of a ‘Miss Rank,
Mitcheldean’ for the ensuing year. The
competition will be conducted along the
same lines as last year.
At the moment we are without a
‘Miss Rank’, Sue having recently transferred
to the post of secretary to Mr.
D. F. Kay, Personnel Officer. Rank
Xerox. However, this situation will
soon be put right, and Sue (who became
Mrs. G. Miller on August 11) hopes to
be able to come to the dance to see her
successor crowned.
A Gala Dance is to be held once
again by the Sports & Social Club at
Cheltenham Town Hall in the early
spring. N hen a better response than last
year is expected.
BILL SMITH is already a notable tenor
horn player at the age of only 20. A
former member of Lydbrook Silver
Band. he has won various awards, and
for mo years running won both the
Oxford Youth Solo Contest for any
instrument (18-21 class) and also the
Kingswood (Bristol) Open Show Melody
Competition. He has now left his job in
813 Assembly to become a ‘professional’
by joining the G.U.S. Footwear Band
of Kettering, Northants-the band
which won the ‘Daily Herald’ national
finals last year.
WHICH 914 Assembly labourer gave his sweeping brush a short back and sides?
WHICH budding drummer in T.E.D. was prepared to tackle the whole Lancashire
Cricket Team in defence of his drums?
WHO was the lady on auto plating who thought her shoes were nickel plated?
WHICH fitter in 813 Assembly went to get some cigarettes and was so absent-minded
he put his money in the clocking-out machine?
WHO in Design ought to be known as ‘Adage’?
WHICH manager’s secretary makes today’s tea from yesterday’s tea-leaves?
WHO in 813 left a trail of pigeons’ beans and had to retrace his steps and pick them
all up or his birds would have gone dinnerless?
WHO had a smoking contest at someone else’s expense?
WHO in Heat Treatment downed his garden tools. fled into the house and locked
the door, hotly pursued by a queen bee and her attendant swarm?
WHICH gentleman in 813 Progress nearly had to come to work wearing lipstick
after temporarily joining the lady’s skittles team?
WHO is the new ‘hostess’ at the club who can boast of the following vital statistics:
WHO is constantly being rated `the most beautiful girl’ in 813 Assembly?
WHO in Purchase Dept. tried to cross potatoes with dahlias?
WHICH gateman took off his pyjamas to watch the wrestling on TV-then the
bell went?
WHO in 813 Inspection went to buy tobacco for himself and cigarettes for his wife,
realised he had forgotten the cigarettes and, on returning to the shop for them,
discovered he had left the tobacco behind as well?
WHO in Design. after cycling ten miles at the crack of dawn, found he could only
feed the fish (no hooks!)?
WHO got on the wrong bus and instead of coming to work found herself going
blackcurrant picking?
WHICH operator in the Press Shop gave the pig an injecticin before coming to work
and was called home urgently at midnight to act as midwife? And which inspector,
overhearing the conversation, thought it was the operator’s wife who was the cause
of the concern? (Incidentally, the event turned out happily with the arrival of 12
little piglets!)
WHO in Machine Shop used a bottle of pop to make tea while on holiday? (What
you might call making a good pop of tea!)
WHO were the two heavyweights in the Press Shop who could not agree to the purse
money and called the bout off?
WHICH male members of Wages staff wear blue vests with pink edges?
WHO in Design is considering applying for a rates reduction because his section leader
lives opposite?
WHO in Goods Inwards took her boy friend climbing the Welsh Mountains to cure
his bad back?
WHICH Security Officer would rather be `Little Bo Peep’?
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