[time-nuts] Vintage Quartz Crystal Manufacturing

Bob Camp kb8tq at n1k.org
Sun Sep 25 09:53:04 EDT 2016


Hi

The film on YouTube was done by a crystal manufacturing company. The production of the film
was paid for by the US Government. The company made a chunk of money off of making the film and then
preceded to use it as advertising for the next 20 years. 

If you dropped in to a crystal manufacturing plant at any point over the next 30 years after that film 
was made, the styles of dress had changed. The crystal holders had changed. Most of the processes 
were still the same and some of the gear was still the same ….

Bob

> On Sep 25, 2016, at 1:00 AM, Cube Central <cubecentral at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> 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 t
> han 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)
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: time-nuts [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On Behalf Of Bob Camp
> Sent: Saturday, 24 September, 2016 09:53
> To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement <time-nuts at febo.com>
> 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
>> 
>> -=Bryan=- 		 	   		  
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