Herbert Hindle's memories, page 2
My Life at Fielding's: Part Two
In the next phase of my life at Fielding and Platt, my section of the Drawing Office was given the task of designing a Platen Press for De La Rue to be installed at Whitby.
De La Rue Platen Press
The system produced large sheets of chipboard about 18mm thick with a decorative layer of Formica on one side and a black layer of Formica on the other. We understood that these sheets were to be used in the internal decoration of [cruise] liners. I was involved with the transportation of these sheets on conveyors. It was a wonderful job which worked beautifully.
After that job, the powers that be decided the section was too strong so we got split up.
It was at this time that a close association was built up between us all, the names that come to mind; Es Sergeant, the two Eric’s, George C, “Mitch” (Jon Makeilson), Ray Hequet, Graham Coats, Keith Harding, and of course myself.
The Fostons Ash
“A wonderful night was had by all and it became the first of many, even the locals found out about our nights and flocked in there to be with us.”
At some point someone suggested that we have a night out together which was approved by all. The venue was to be the Fostons Ash pub at the top of Birdlip Hill, turn right before the George Hotel then about two miles along the road you’ll find it.
The first time we congregated there we met the locals and they joined in our gaiety. After the drinks it was in the cars and down to the chippy in Brockworth then home.
Sometimes the lads went into one of their homes for further laughs. At one time they went into Mitch’s house and removed all the labels from the tins in the cupboard. For some time Mitch and his wife didn’t know what they would open next!
Impact Testing Machine, Rosyth
After the De La Rue Platen Press job, I was given the job of finishing off the “Impact Testing Machine”; this was a job for the Admiralty and was to be installed at the HM Dockyard Rosyth. It had somewhat of a chequered past and many loose ends needed to be tidied up.
It consisted of a massive cylinder with a piston inside; compressed air at a very high pressure was introduced behind the piston, which took off at high speed down the cylinder with a test piece attached to it, which then hit a solid object in its path.
It was something to do with torpedo design so I understood.
From Geneva mechanism to hydraulic
Having completed that successfully, I was put in charge of the Slab Press machines.
It was decided to change the method of table rotation from the Geneva mechanism to hydraulic, which we did quite successfully. It was then the time for a redesign of the Single Mould machine and the design I produced is still in use today.
Here’s to the next time…
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