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  • Short Summary

    Item showing machines in wire cable factory.

  • Description

    Factory for manufacturing wire cable.

    Location of events unknown / unclear.

    CU man holding unidentified cylindrical object. Next; pan on machinery working; lots of turning cylinders - winding what look like big rolls of tape or paper. More shots of machinery in motion - looking inside another spinning cylinder; with smaller cylinder inside. MS two men replacing smaller one; which is like a spool with cable wound round it. Crowd gathered round a car; inside factory. CU machine which winds smaller wires together to make cable.

    MS worker attaching hook to chains to lift a steel pallet. MS worker monitoring machines. More strips being stretched from cylinder to cylinder. A device like a mini-carousel of spools spins around. Finally shot of a web of wheels and pulleys hanging from the ceiling and criss-crossing haphazardly in the air. CU worker's hands screwing thin wire into clamps; soldering it; removing wire.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1930
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:24:03:00 / 01:27:53:00
    ON 462 D

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  1. Unknown user says

    The "cylinder" is a section of high voltage electrical power cable. The three multi-strand copper conductors are insulated with the paper shown in later shots, various layers of padding, insulation, and waterproofing are added, and steel wire spiral armouring is then applied to protect the cable against mechanical damage. Examples showing cross-sections of similar cables may be seen on my website:

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