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    A promotional film made by British Insulated Cables Ltd. c. 1932

    Reel 3 The Heightam (?) Quarry Factory is featured - enamel wire is made here. High angle panning shot over the factory floor - lots of women at work. Wire is wound on to wheels. Enamel is applied by passing wire through a bath then baking the enamel. Various shots of workers and winding machines. Telephone receivers and wireless sets use this enamelled wire. Labels are stuck on small coils of wire. Helsby (sp?) works near Warrington - rubber insulating takes place here. Preparation of the rubber - women at work sorting the rubber and making sure it is clean. Rubber prepared on large rollers.

    Various shots of the rubber being wound around wheels then put through rollers to make a thin sheet of rubber. The rubber is then cut into strips. Moving shots of the rubber covering shop. Men and women at work. Wires are covered with rubber. House wiring cable is insulated. The "vulcanisation" process is explained. Makers name and grade of cable is printed on the cable. Reels of cable are immersed in water for 24 hours then subjected to a straining voltage. Lead or alloy sheathing is then shown. Motor car cable is shown making its way though the machines. Panning shot of factory. Tinsel conductors. Some wires are silk covered. Cable is wound on suitable coils (Drums). Cutting machine in operation. High angle shot of the finished material stores - showing the large stocks. C/U of various small coils of cable. British Insulated have their own narrow gauge railway which transports cable to the railway station. M/S of small engines pushing trucks laden

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:41:00 / 01:32:14:00
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  • Appears in...

    Science & Technology Trade & Industry
    BICC PATHE - CORPORATE FILMS stranded Electricity group Documentaries (1976) Documentary warning Long documentary A detailed look
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (1)

  1. GeoffAins says

    The factory is Huyton Quarry not Heightham. It was situated just off what is now the the M57.

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