4500 ton Heavy Flanging & Dishing Press, O/No. 6260, c.1955

Order 6260 for Whessoe Ltd., Darlington, c.1955

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  • Thanks for getting in touch John and for adding this comment. It would be great to know more about the process of designing the electrical equipment for this press – what did it involve, what were the main challenges you faced, and how long did it take to complete your work? Who manufactured the electrical equipment for this press?

    No doubt you have seen Fielding and Platt’s promotional film for Whessoe here:

    http://www.fieldingandplatthistory.org.uk/thewhessoestory

    I hope it brings back some good memories for you! Any more information you can share with us about how this great feat of engineering was achieved would be gratefully received.

    By Ollie Taylor (02/08/2013)
  • I designed and commissioned the electrical equipment for this press and accumulator power plant. This machine, together with the Jodrell Bank telescope, was hailed as the great engineering achievement of the year. This press was used for forming five inch thick plates for the atomic energy reactor balls. As I recall, it took 130 plates, shaped like the segments of an orange, to make one ball, a characteristic shape associated with atomic reactor power stations.

    By John Tranter (25/07/2013)

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