THE GREAT MULLARD MAGIC BLOG — VALVE TESTING

VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (xxi) - B7G & B9A VALVE ASSEMBLY - TEST 1, FINAL TESTS

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VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (xxi) - B7G & B9A VALVE ASSEMBLY - TEST 1, FINAL TESTS

After passing the knock test, valves were passed to the main test bench and plugged into a test board where a specially designed  eight position switch  applied successively, appropriate voltages such that values were obtained for the following parameters: - Heater current Cathode current Control grid current Screen current Anode current Total emission Mutual conductance ( at 4 - 7 points on the characteristic curve dependant on valve type) Inter electrode insulation for all electrode combinations Only those valves whose performance fell within specified limits were then passed into "Factory Stock."  In the photograph below we see Enid Barribal testing...

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VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (xix) - B7G & B9A VALVE ASSEMBLY - AGEING

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VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (xix) - B7G & B9A VALVE ASSEMBLY - AGEING

And so the story continues.......... a couple of blog entries ago, we left the production process at the sealing stage at which point we had a sealed and functioning valve, however, further processing was required before it was suitable for use for it was required to undergo a process called ageing. Ageing consisted of operating the valve under load under carefully controlled conditions.  Large numbers of valves were plugged into a socket rack like the one in the photo below: - Once the rack was fully loaded, the valve heaters were activated at a 20% higher than nominal rating, so...

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MULLARD FACTORY QUALITY CONTROL TESTING

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MULLARD FACTORY QUALITY CONTROL TESTING

As well as the production testing we discussed in a recent blog entry, Mullard employed Quality Control (QC) testing where a sample of ten valves were taken at regular intervals  and subjected to a range of tests.  These tests differed from the production tests which were go/no-go type in that the QC tests were quantitative and the results were recorded using a series of Shewart Charts to individually log test characteristics both within a single batch and also inter batch. The Shewart Chart is a time related plot which allowed trends in measurement to be monitored.  The chart would have...

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