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The GE Review


Published by The Review in 1952-- The GE Review was an engineering magazine created to report on the advances of technology of the time, including advances in Home Appliances.

Articles in July 1952 issue...


Editorial: The Fourth of July

New Switchgear Laboratory Goes into Operation
Late last month on the flatlands of southwest Philadelphia, GE’s new high-capacity switchgear development laboratory was officially dedicated. With Company spokesmen looking ahead to an annual U.S. power consumption of possibly a trillion kw-hrs by 1965—more than triple the amount now being used—the new laboratory will aid in the development of switch- gear of higher ratings to keep pace with this phenomenal growth. continued…

Engineering the Automatic Washer
The automatic clothes washer is a simple device—to the housewife. She throws in the laundry, sets a control dial, and goes about her telephoning. A short time later she removes the laundry—washed and damp-dried.

Simply stated, the function of a domestic washing machine is to get the laundry clean, rinse out the detergent, and extract most of the water. For a third of the century these operations were performed with a machine in which the laundry was manually lifted from the tub and fed through a water- extraction device. Most of these devices were wringers, powered by the washing- machine motor. A limited number were the centrifugal-extraction type using the same or a separate tub. continued…

Stopping Ships
Even with modern navigating and communication aids there are times when things get out of hand and a collision ol ships appears imminent. The need for meeting this situation—rare though it may he—has an influence on the design of ships’ power plants.

Most large and fast ships are powered bv a steam turbine that drives the propeller through suitable gearing and shafting. The astern power that is used for stopping a ship is provided by a comparatively small separate section of the main turbine. The question immediately arises as to why the astern element can’t be given the same power as the ahead element. Well, it can. The simplest arrangement would he another turbine of the same size geared to drive the propeller backwards. continued…

Ferromagnetography
Contrary to general belief printing did not originate with Gutenberg; to the ancient Chinese belongs the credit. They made engravings—used mainly for printing on silk cloth—by carving figures out of wooden blocks. Later, around 1120 BC. they introduced wooden blocks of movable type.

Modern printing, on the other hand, began in the middle ages—about the year 1423. It was during this period that Johann Gutenberg, a German stonemason, had the idea of printing with movable type. So he set about his skill, cutting alphabets out of small wooden blocks to be used for typesetting. A friend advised him to use metal instead of wood, since it wouldn’t wear out so easily. This he did. As you can imagine, this task required many years and a large expenditure of money. He financed his operations by borrowing money on the type he’d already completed. Then, to prove to his creditors and the many cynics the worth of his efforts, he completely reproduced the Bible in print. continued…

Cool Breezes — Story of the Electric Fan
Fans preceded written history by many centuries. Some of the most ancient known fans were those of the Chinese dating back to 3000 BC. And ceremonial fans were used in 1700 BC by the reigning monarchs of Egypt and Assyria. Some thousand years later the "punkah" —a hand-swung lightweight ceiling-suspended fan—was introduced in India, and even today is still in use there.

From exquisitely made folding tans of the Japanese, followed by 17th century Paris creations of surpassing beauty, we come to the practical palm-leaf type and simpler folding fans of grandmother’s day.

It’s not possible to give the exact age of the electric fan—the youngest member of the ancient family of fans. But the earliest record of a U.S. patent awarded for an electric fan was in 1854. This was a ceiling-suspended assembly of several large fan blades, each hinged along one edge to a horizontal rotating arm driven by a battery-operated motor. Arms on the blades struck projections causing the blades to vibrate and thus agitate the air. continued…

Longer Life for Dry-type Transformers
Improvements in dry-type power transformers and their insulations is a good example of how electrical engineers are continually making progress in lengthening the life span of electric equipment and increasing its endurance to higher temperatures.

For many years insulations known as Class A were about the only ones available to the transformer designer. These insulations consisted of materials such as cotton, silk, or paper—impregnated with organic varnishes to give them additional mechanical and electrical strength. They were used in a medium of mineral oil or air. Such insulations were relatively inexpensive but a maximum allowable temperature limit of 105 C was necessary for reasonable life. continued…

The G10 Germanium Rectifier
In 1886 a German chemist by the name of Alexander Winkler found an unknown metal sulfide and isolated the element which he called germanium. It has a shiny metallic appearance, is extremely hard and brittle, and is recovered as a by-product in the smelting and refining of zinc ores.

Because germanium falls into group four of the periodic table, it has some of the chemical characteristics of the elements on either side of it. Germanium is both an electrical conductor and an electrical insulator, depending on its temperature, and is classed as a semiconductor. continued…

Nylon for Bearings and Gears
Although nylon is generally associated with such decorative items as stockings and sweaters, we have found that its versatility extends well into the fields of bearings, gears, and other workaday applications.
Nylon is tough at low7 temperatures, is resistant to abrasion, has strength in thin sections, is light in weight, has certain self-lubricating qualities, and is resistant to many chemicals. Properties are given in the table on the opposite page. Exact characteristics and specifications can be found in the literature put out by the manufacturers of nylon molding powders.

Bearing Tests - Of interest to design engineers is published data that shows the effect of wear on nylon when used as a bearing material. Results of tests using nylon against nylon, steel, and brass under various loads and speeds, and with various lubricants, are given on page 35. As you may suspect, the lowest rates of wear are found when nylon is run against nylon in a dry condition, as well as when nylon is run against steel lubricated with SAE 10 oil. When nylon is rubbed against brass, the metal flakes off and contaminates the hearing surface. continued…

The Unit Cost of Light
There’s more to figuring the cost of a lighting system than adding up the prices of fixtures, installation, and electricity. A tabulation of over-all annual costs that the customer may expect to pay appeals to the businessman, because it is expressed in his own language. Rut further analytical cost studies of operating and maintenance methods and lamp efficiencies may show you the way to worth-while savings or better lighting for the same expenditure.

To help you along this economic pathway a relatively simple formula has been devised. It is referred to as the "unit cost of light” method. In its most flexible form it deals with the raw light as generated by the lamps in just one fixture. Then, once the unit cost of light in dollars per million lumen hours is known, you can easily apply it to a specific installation if over-all costs are also desired. continued…

Added Kick for Turbojet Engines
Getting an 80-ton airplane into the air in a matter of seconds is no easy job. The problem is one of providing more than normal maximum thrust or "kick” at take-off. In the case of B-45 and B-47 jet bombers, their power plants (J-47 turbojet engines—one is shown on the adjacent page) were equipped with combustion-chamber water-alcohol injection systems for augmenting thrust.

Variations of these systems boost the take-off thrust from 15 to 25 percent or higher. As a result, heavy jet-powered aircraft can take off from minimum- length runways with maximum safety. continued…

Are We Ready for Railroad Electrification in the U. S.? .
Admittedly, widespread electrification in I lie United States is not just around the corner. Rut there is an element in the cost of railroad electrification and in the success of operation through the ensuing years that can not be settled too soon. This all-important factor is standardization. And standardization is so important primarily because it permits repetitive manufacture. Standardization, of course, offers other advantages that may be more familiar, but every day brings new evidence that a custom-designed article built in a job shop cannot compete with a highly engineered item produced under conditions of repetitive manufacture.

It is time for all who may have a hand in railroad electrification in the United States to start sifting out the alternatives and to find agreement on what may be the standard system of electrification in this country. Let us speak briefly about the prospects of electrification and [hen expand the theme of standardization. continued…

A Brightening Outlook - When will we see railroad electrification resumed in the United States? The answer depends largely on costs, with the cost of fuel or energy being a big part of the expense of locomotive operation.

When we compare the cost of diesel fuel with the cost of purchased electric power at the figures current today, we find them roughly equivalent. We are speaking, of course, of gallons of fuel oil or kilowatt-hours of electricity at the locomotive. As long as power costs in these two forms are even approximately equal, it is obvious that the diesel- electric locomotive with its lower investment is the correct answer for new installations. At the same time this approximate equality tells us that extensive electrified systems already installed should continue to be operated. continued…

New Safeguard for Protective Coatings
You can best define a plastics material as a synthetic organic substance. At some stage of production it’s plastic— capable of being shaped; or liquid— capable of being cast. Furthermore, it’s either thermoplastic or thermosetting. If thermoplastic, it softens under heat and can he remolded. If thermosetting, it sets under heat and can’t be remolded.

Phenolic materials are thermosetting plastics. And from practically the outset of the industry they’ve enjoyed an ever- expanding market. They take many and various forms. Probably the most familiar to you are radio cabinets, telephone handsets, buttons, tube bases, mechanical parts, and so on. continued…

Dollar-sign Engineering
The photo sequence beginning on the next page will show you how a value analyst operates—step by step—on a typical project. Here, it’s the timer for the automatic clothes washer. Because space doesn't permit us to show the results of the analysis on every part of the timer, we have selected one part as being typical. (In the actual project more than 30 individual parts of the timer were analyzed for value.)

It should be emphasized that nothing was wrong with the timer when we approached the Value Analysis Unit and requested a survey. The timer operated satisfactorily and costs were in line with similar products. But. as is the case with far-sighted management, they wanted to see if it wasn’t possible to further eliminate any unnecessary costs. continued…

Moisture vs Rubber Insulation
Although rubber compounds are used to waterproof such everyday items as overshoes, raincoats, and garden hoses, rubber compounds in general can’t be considered waterproof when used as an insulation for wire and cable.

What works on raincoats may not work on cables—the basic differences are: length of exposure; effect of moisture on the electrical properties. Cables insulated with rubber compounds must withstand years of continual exposure with a consequent absorption of moisture. And moisture absorption has proved to be a contributing factor in cable failures. continued…

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Automatic Oven Cleaning

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR RANGE
Oven Vent, Duct
Porcelain Enamel
Surface Units: Plug-in Feature, Tilt Lock Feature, Removable Pan / Rings
Care of Your GE Range
Lamps, How To Replace
Broiler Pan
Use of Aluminum Foil
Leveling The Range
Oven Thermostat, Adjusting
Cleaning Charts, Parts, All Finishes

GENERAL
Safety Tips
Energy Conservation
Exhaust System
Before You Call For Service
Model and Serial Number Location
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
General Electric
1970 36 30mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire Refrigeration Component Diagnosis
Here is a wonderful refrigeration primer for anyone interested in fixing or restoring vintage refrigerators. Manual goes into the full explanations of how to determine if the systems are working perfectly and how to troubleshoot what is wrong if they are somehow not working properly.

Sections include:
TABLES
I Capacitor Test Wattage at Various Test Voltages
II Designations of Fluorocarbon Refrigerants
III Performance Data
IV Performance Data
V Vapor Pressure, PSIG
VI Refrig0Plate Temperatures
VII DrierFilter and Compressor Line Connector Kits
VIII RAC Typical Capacity Table

COMPONENT DIAGNOSIS
Forward
Safety
Procedure on Initial Service Call
Refrigeration Performance Complaints
Diagnosis Chart
Proper Use of VoltWattmeter
Proper Use of Compressor Test Cord with Wattmeter
RI CompressorElectrical Check
Checking Capacitors

REFRIGERATION SYSTEM
Evaporator
Compressor
Condenser
DrierFilter
Precaution Against Using Alcohol in Refrigeration Systems
Capillary Line
REFRIGERANTS
Care and Use of Refrigerant Drums
First Aid Treatment
PROCEDURE FOR INSTALLING PRESSURE GAUGES
Operating Pressure Test Procedure

SYSTEM PRESSURES
Use of Different Refrigerants
One Line of Products vs Another
Heat Load
Ambient or Room Temperature
Condenser
Refrigerant Charge
Incorrect Refrigerant Charge, Overcharge
Incorrect Refrigerant Charge, Shortage
Symptoms of a Refrigerant Shortage
Restriction
Air in the System
Inefficient Compressor
Refrigerant Oil
Burnt Oil Check

CYCLAMATIC SYSTEM
LEAK TEST PROCEDURE
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
RECHARGE PROCEDURE
COMPONENT REPAIR
Precautions
O-Ring Fittings
Soldering Procedure
Solders Soft
Solder Hard
Solder Making A Joint
General (Soldering)
Silver Soldering

COMPONENT REPLACEMENT OF COMPRESSORS OTHER THAN
FRIGIDAIRE RI COMPRESSORS
INSTRUCTIONS IN THE USE AND CARE OF THE VALVE CORE
ACCESS TOOL
ROOM AIR CONDITIONERS
Service Diagnosis and Testing
Thermostat Analysis Short
Cycling Condition Iced
Coil Condition Cool
Ambient Operation
Low Voltage
High Voltage
Motor Protector
Compressor
Fan and Blower Alignment
Fan Motor Oiling
Checking Capacity
Component Replacement
Component Refrigerant Line Connections
Compressor Replacement
Evaporator and Condenser Replacement
DrierFilter Installation
Charging Procedure Leak
Test

Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1973 53 42mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download How to use and enjoy your new 1957 Frigidaire Electric Range
Full owners manual and operating instructions to all 1957 40" Frigidaire Electric Ranges.

Models include:
Imperial: RI-70-57 and RI-60-57
Deluxe: RD-45-57, RDG-45-57 and RD-25-57
Super: RS-15-57 and RS-10-57
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1957 40 22mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Operating Instructions and User Guide
Complete operating instructions and user guide to GE portable impeller automatic washer model WWP1000N.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1973 22 17mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1973 Kenmore Washer Owners Manual - 700 Series
Here is the complete owners manual/operating instructions to the 700 series Kenmore automatic washer from approximately 1973.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1973 36 27mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Owners Manual to the Very First Frigidaire Range
Dated October 1937 here is a rare find, it's the Owners Manual Book to Frigidaire's very first electric range introduced for the 1938 model year.


Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1938 68 36mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Eureka Power -- Upright Vacuum Cleaner Brochures
Beautiful sales literature brochures for Eureka upright vacuum cleaners. Models include 2385, 2375, 2325, 2315, 2364, 2314 and 1444.


Vacuum Cleaners
Published by:
Eureka
1976 14 18mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1982 Kenmore Large Capacity Washer Owners Manual
Here are the operating instructions, parts list and installation instructions packed with ever 800 series Kenmore automatic washer with the Dual-Action Agitator.

Models include:
110.82183120 (White)
110.82183220 (Coffee)
110.82183420 (New Avocado)
110.82183620 (Golden Wheat)
110.82183820 (Almond)
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1982 17 13mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Westinghouse Laundromat Service Manual
Full service manual for Westinghouse Laundromat models LAC-30, LCC-30, LCG-30


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1962 48 35mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Now You Do Better Washings at a Simple Turn of a Dial with ABC-O-Matic
Full owners manual and operating instructions to ABC's very first automatic washer, model 50.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
ABC-O-Matic
1950 16 9mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Hot Ones
Very 70's brochure for the Hoover Steam Irons!


Small Appliances
Published by:
Hoover
1975 4 8mb $4.99

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