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Hendey Factory Tour 1943
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During 1943, in the middle of the Second World War, Hendey commissioned a well-known photographer, Robert Yarnall Richie, to produce a picture essay of their production processes. Richie's consummate skill is amply demonstrated in the following pages with the beautifully composed pictures made the more dramatic by low-angle lighting. The complete set is a masterly piece of work and must rank as one of the most artistic studies ever to be published of a machine-tool manufacturing company.
Interestingly, for a machine-tool plant, the illustrations portray a manner of production that relied upon quite ordinary lathes (though operated by highly-skilled employees) with, from the pictures, little evidence that help was afforded by the use of mass-production capstan or other specialist equipment.

Fair-weather cumulus clouds over the factory, summer 1943

The General Sales Manager, Mr. F.J.McCarty and his assistant, Mr. H.V.Rebillard

The Board Room: Mr David Ayr, President and General Manager, consults with the Vice President and Assistant General Manager Mr. Edgar G. Seybold.

Engineering and Drawing Office

A quieter room than many in the factory the pattern shop worked to the principle that: "precision begins in the pattern".

Multiple small patterns being arranged on a board prior to forming the "gating" that allowed molten metal to flow through the box.

Measuring a gearbox pattern with a "shrink" rule - calibrated to allow for the shrinkage that occurs as metal cools in a mould.

"Experienced workers put the finishing touches to the core and mould of a 3-part flask"

Cores being readied for baking  in of several large ovens

Running Molten metal from the cupola into a bull ladle

Above: the bull ladle almost filled and ready for pouring into the large bed moulds
Below: pouring molten metal from the bull ladle into a flask.

Hobbing the crank gear for a Hendey 12-inch Crank Shaper on a Barber Coleman gear hobber

Secondary holes in the headstock casting were jig-drilled on a large radial-arm drill

Drilling the bed

Cutting a coarse-pitch, multiple-start worm

A headstock mounted in tandem jigs, one at each end of the casting, on the table of a horizontal borer.

Cutting the teeth of a bevel gear on a Gleason gear generator

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Hendey Factory Tour 1943
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