Forgive my ignorance, but exactly what did they do in the "Automatic Screw Machine Department?"
They are specially outfitted lathes for the production of small fittings, fasteners, screws, etc. On the closest unit on the left you can see the turret. That can be outfitted with several different tools (center drill, drill, countersink, tap, for example) to index in progression to pre-set depths so a minimally skilled worker can stand there pulling one or two levers and crank out parts at, what was then, a fairly rapid pace.
Great photos. Imagine the sound of all those pulleys and belts in motion. It has all that window lighting and a similar look to the Ford buildings. Pretty tidy except for the puddle on the floor. Oil or rain?
Look at all of the OSHA violations, exposed belts/ no guards for rotating equipment/ no marked hazard zones/insufficient lighting etc etc etc.....
The top picture is of auto screw machines, you can see the camshaft at the back of the machines, but the bottom picture is of manual machines presumably for doing the second operation work after the parts have come off the autos.
Look at all of the OSHA violations, exposed belts/ no guards for rotating equipment/ no marked hazard
zones/insufficient lighting etc etc etc.....
Yeah, ... imagine a time when we didn't try to save all the idiots from themselves and just let nature
remove them from the gene pool.
While forgiveness of ignorance is being handed out, does anyone know why the support beams are always, always painted dark on the lower half (usually green)? Is it just for visibility or to keep grubby paws and other things from getting the post dirty or both? I wouldn't ask except it seems every factory in existence did this including Ford.
The builder in my has to say that beams are horizontal supports, while posts or pillars
are the vertical supports FOR the beams.
To answer the question, I think the posts were painted dark because they were quickly
marred with dark smudges from being bumped into and looked bad. It was a reduction
of maintenance thing.
Just curious, .... did Steve finally get his belt-drive shop up and running ?
In the second photo, I think the fellow running the second machine stuck his arm where it didn't belong and bled all over the floor. He probably started OSHA