GEC/Fielding Edge Gluing Machine, O/No. 56310, c.1957

Order 56310 for Technopromimport, USSR, c.1957

D7338/14/5/8/5105
Gloucestershire Archives
D7338/14/10/5104
Gloucestershire Archives
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Gloucestershire Archives
Ron Curtis describes the function of Edge Gluing machines
"4_edge_gluing_machine1". Released: 2013.
Ron Curtis discusses the uses of the Edge Gluing machines
"5_uses_of_edge_gluing_machine1". Released: 2013.

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In the two audio clips, edited by Roxy Ridgeway from the University of Gloucestershire, Ron Curtis discusses the functions and uses of the Edge Gluing machines.

As he explains, the machine compressed wooden boards with electric plates top and bottom through which RF current was passed (2MHz at 25KW) which was used to dry the glue.

The wood ejected from the press came out as one solid board 8×4 ft.¬† The beauty of it was that the processed wooden boards would not warp or twist.

In addition to the machine pictured here which went to Russia, Ron remembers Fieliding making machines for Gomme Plant Furniture in High Wycombe, the Singer Sewing Machine Company in Glasgow, British Rail, and Pine End Works in Lydney (where they experimented with different frequencies for drying the glue). These companies used the machine for a range of purposes from table-tops, to cabinets for sewing machines, to the building of railway coaches.

Click on the hyperlink to listen to more of Ron Curtis’ memories of Fielding’s from 1944-1966.

Click on the hyperlink to see other Notable Orders from the 1950s.

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