Many fascinating examples of progress made in automation were in evidence at the third Instruments, Electronics and Automation Exhibition at Olympia, London, May 24.
SV Remove handling device
LV PAN DOWN..DITTO
SCU Hands of equipment pick up coins and place them in jars
SV The smallest decimal transistor computer control panel
SCU PAN..Computer in operation.
SCU PAN..Remote control servo-device as used in gunnery (could be used for lawn-mover)
CU Servo in action
SV Man places hands in Geiger counter
CU Dial registers radio activity from wrist-watch (from luminous dial)
SV Model train working on solar power, newspaper is used to shield off light and slow down train
SCU PAN..Automatic cutting of segments for electronic motor
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Background: Many fascinating examples of progress made in automation were in evidence at the third Instruments, Electronics and Automation Exhibition at Olympia, London, May 24. On show were exhibits from 15 countries and 500 exhibitors - 100 from overseas - participated in the largest display of its kind ever to be done.
Among the many ingenious devices on show was a remote control handling device - a 'robot' able to pick up pennies and place them in jars. A transistor computer for the smallest decimals and a remote control servo-device as used in gunnery. This could be used for directing electric lawn-mowers etc.
A Geiger counter was in operation and from it radio activity could be registered from a wrist-watch. An example of solar power was demonstrated as a man shielded the light from a moving model train and brought it to a halt. Another machine automatically out off steel segments for parts of an electronic motor.
Among the interesting electronic instruments on the East German stand was a new ion source invented by Professor Baron Manfred von Ardenne, which has attracted interest in this country and America, where it is opening up new fields in nuclear physics and interplanetary rocketry.
One exhibitor is showing a "machine" which, it is claimed, can detect pinholes of a thousandth of an inch diameter in steel strip travelling at speeds up to 1,700 feet per minute.