500 ton Vertical 'Serck' Extrusion Press, Wembley, view taken on site in 1941, O/No. 8294, c.1938

Order 8294 for Johnson Matthey, Wembley, c.1938

D7338/14/7/4/3504
Gloucestershire Archives
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Gloucestershire Archives
D7338/14/5/2/3506
Gloucestershire Archives
D7338/14/5/2/3507
Gloucestershire Archives
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Gloucestershire Archives

The last photo ably illustrates the layout of the press and run-out.  The extrusion, either rod or tube emerges from the bottom of the press (at speed) and is contained by the guide channel that changes the direction to the horizontal.  Some extrusions may be water-quenched at this point. Finished extrusions (rods) are removed here by the operator and can be seen stacked to the left of the photo.

The quality first two photographs illustrated were located in 2018 from a batch of early photos, scanned and added to the page.

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