THE GREAT MULLARD MAGIC BLOG — VALVE ASSEMBLY

VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (xviii) - B7G & B9A VALVE ASSEMBLY - PUMPING

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VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (xviii) - B7G & B9A VALVE ASSEMBLY - PUMPING

In this process, where sealed valves were passed from the last station of the sealing machine, a mechanical tri-claw hand fitted with an asbestos glove (imagine the 'elf n safety implications today!!!) transfered the valve to the first vacant position on the pumping machine. The pumping machine comprised of another rotating table which had a sequence of rubber bungs around the periphery.  Each bung was connected to a vaccuum manifold supplying a high torr vaccuum.  As the valve abutted a bung, the process of pumping commenced.  As the valve rotated around the table, the valve passed through a heated convection...

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VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (xvii) - B7G & B9A VALVE ASSEMBLY - SEALING -

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VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (xvii) - B7G & B9A VALVE ASSEMBLY  - SEALING -

Today, we shall look at valve sealing.  First off, the cage-base assembly was inserted into the bottom end of the envelope and then mounted vertically onto a rotating table on the sealing machine.  At the first station on the table, the location of the electrode assembly with respect to the bottom of the valve was automatically adjusted. The aligned assembly then passed through a four stage sealing process where gas blow pipes played upon the the walls of the envelope at a point exactly opposite the rim of the glass base.  Gradually, the glass softened and hence the envelope and...

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VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (xvi) - B7G & B9A VALVE ASSEMBLY RUMBLES ON - PRE SEALING PREPARATION..

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VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (xvi) - B7G & B9A VALVE ASSEMBLY RUMBLES ON - PRE SEALING PREPARATION..

Electrode assemblies returned from feeder to parent factory were complete except for the getter and in the case of battery valves, the filament.  In both cases, these components were added at the parent factory, immediately prior to the assemblies being sealed into the envelope and the valve being pumped.   This was to avoid contamination of these labile components which were vacuum stored until useage. Attachment of the getter is a simple process where a strip of metal ribbon coated with getter material is welded to the stirrup wire at the top of the electrode assembly.    Insertion of the...

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VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (xv) - B7G & B9A VALVE ASSEMBLY YET AGAIN - PRE -SEAL INSPECTION

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VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (xv) -  B7G & B9A VALVE ASSEMBLY YET AGAIN - PRE -SEAL INSPECTION

The assembled valves we saw in the last blog entry when received back at the parent factory are given a final visual inspection and then each inserted in an open ended  glass envelope.  Here in the photo above, we see Candace Humpleberry casting a critical eye over a tray of assembled cages.

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VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (xiv) - EVEN MORE ON B7G & B9A VALVE ASSEMBLY - CAGE TO BASE MOUNTING

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VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (xiv) -  EVEN MORE ON B7G & B9A VALVE ASSEMBLY - CAGE TO BASE MOUNTING

Now we come to the bit where the valve base and the electrode cage are married together.  It was vitally important that the cage and base were in perfect alignment otherwise the assembly would not fit centrally within the glass envelope and hence a perfect seal betwen base and envelope would be difficult if not impossible to achieve. Correct alignment was ensured at Mullard by making three key welded connections whilst the base and cage were held in a precision jig as shown in the picture below: -  As you can see, these jigs were beautiful precision pieces wrought by...

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