[time-nuts] Vintage Quartz Crystal Manufacturing

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Sun Sep 25 01:00:38 EDT 2016


I watched this video totally in awe at how much "hands-on" processing was required.  I am not sure what I thought before, but I suppose this level of work was done for most every technical thing back then.  I really got a huge kick out of seeing every step of the process.  I was also in awe of the machines that were made specifically for the manufacturing process - the testers, the vacuum chamber, the meters, the cold box!  However, I was a bit concerned at the somewhat relaxed attitude and working conditions, specifically around the X-RAY devices and found myself hoping that they were well shielded!  I couldn't imagine wearing rings (or nail polish) on my fingers and working with oil, water, abrasive grit, soap, etching acid, neutralizer, etc. every day and not wearing gloves - my hands would have been wrecked!  I got such a great sense of not only how these things were made, but also how the working environment must have been.  I couldn't imagine doing any of those tasks for more than a month straight before I would go batty.  I have a ton of respect for the women and men who hand checked every single sliver of quartz and who tested, retested, etched and re-etched thousands of crystals.

Would you please expand more on what controversy you are referencing?  I didn't really see anything controversial there, except maybe the working conditions/safety hazards!  Maybe I need to watch it again and not be so engrossed with the technical and working aspects?

Thanks for your thoughts, and thank you to whomever linked it - I really enjoyed it!  Any others I should see?

	-Randal R
		(at CubeCentral)


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From: time-nuts [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On Behalf Of Bob Camp
Sent: Saturday, 24 September, 2016 09:53
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Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Vintage Quartz Crystal Manufacturing

Hi

It’s interesting how much controversy that film stirred up. Literally 30 years after it was made, you could get a fairly excited conversation going about it at the FCS. 
On one side were the people who felt it was a sweetheart deal to Reves at a point that other companies were being prosecuted for “excess profits”. On the other side were the guys with Reves badges  and those who believed it did serve an honest purpose. 

Bob



> On Sep 24, 2016, at 6:04 AM, Bryan _ <bpl521 at outlook.com> wrote:
> 
> May find this old video interesting.
> https://youtu.be/Iy23Us3nrX8
> 
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