Visnews filmed electronic equipment on display in London November 25. Among the gear designed to?
G.V.PAN OF EXHIBITION.
S.V. LORD BRABAZON, J. LOCKWOOD, AND C. METCALF, C.B.E. LOOKING AT CAMERA.
G.V. INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS SECTION.
C.U. MAN SWITCHING ON.
S.V. MODEL.. "ROBOTUG", ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED TROLLEY.
S.V. "ROBOTUG" FULL SIZE, GOING INTO SERVICE....BRITISH RAILWAYS.
C.U. SIGN "FRED"
L.V. MAN OPERATING TRUCKS, SCANNED AND SHUNTED.
S.V.PAN TRUCK PASSING SCANNER.
S.V. MAN OPERATING TAPE RECORD, AND TRANSLATED ON AUTO TYPEWRITER.
C.U. TYPEWRITER WORKING.
Initials JRG/CW J.H./P.B.
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Background: Visnews filmed electronic equipment on display in London November 25. Among the gear designed to step up production and reduce manual work was a driverless trolley to dispense with conveyor-belt installations and an instrument to read printed figures at the rate of ten thousand a second.
Opening the exhibition was Lord Brabazon of Tara, one of Britain's pioneer aviators and director of the company showing the equipment. Its name: EMI Electronics, barely two years old but one of the foremost manufacturers in the electronical field. The exhibition is open to visitors for a week then it will be permanently open to trade buyers.
The driverless trolley - trade name: Robotug operates over any type of normal wire which may be buried or left on the surface. When the current is switched on, an electronic guidance system sets the trolley in motion along the path of the wire - but there is no contact between the wire or the guiding device.
Several trolleys can run along the same wire. The Robotug can be operated manually if necessary.
The other eyecatcher at the exhibition is "Fred" (Figure Reading Electronic Device). As a reading machine it is not the first in this country. The makers claim it cheaper than its main competitors because of its comparative simplicity, but it is somewhat less flexible. The reading machine must be provided with figures printed in a specially designed face type. In his speech, Lord Brabazon remarked that automation would have a brighter future if a standard type face could be widely adopted.
Fred has possibilities in a bank - to sort numbered documents like cheques. The numbers may have to be written in a special magnetic ink.
The exhibition - the first of its kind staged by the company -- has a large number of industrial and scientific instruments. They range from precision oscilloscopes, stroboscopes..to a series of machines produced to meet the needs of the electric motor manufacturer. Closed - circuit television, now being used widely in commerce and industry, is demonstrated with the latest cameras.