[time-nuts] Vintage Quartz Crystal Manufacturing
cubecentral at gmail.com
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?
From: time-nuts [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On Behalf Of Bob Camp
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Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Vintage Quartz Crystal Manufacturing
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.
> On Sep 24, 2016, at 6:04 AM, Bryan _ <bpl521 at outlook.com> wrote:
> May find this old video interesting.
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