This machine, manufactured by Staveley, was the largest machine tool ever installed in the factory. It was sited at the Southgate Street end of the ‘New’ Fitting Shop.
It was worked on a three, 8 hour, shift system, with two operators employed, per shift. Five of the operators were :- Freddy Allen, Mike Hewlett, Johnny Arkell, Ernie Gill and Ted Jenkins.
The operator seen on the one photograph which shows a casting (for Chesterfield Cylinders) in its entirety, is Freddy Allen.
The operator in the last photograph which shows a Manipulator fabrication, is Ernie Gill.
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