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IN THIS ISSUE

" THE R&M COOPERATOR,
VOL.2, NO.6, JULY 1, 1918"

We recently puchased 55 of these old Robbins and Myer's Company newsletters that came out of a long time employees estate in Ohio. The Robbins and Myers Company was a premium manufactuer of Fans, Motors, and Generators dating back to the mid 1890s when they introduced the Type A "the Standard" direct current ceiling fan. The newsletters give great insight into the manufacturing procedures and daily life at a major fan and motor manufacturer nearly 100 years ago. The following is the the text as written by Robbins and Myers on the front page of this issue:

Plant Three Makes Good----Output of Fans is Doubled

"Every R & M fan is given a thorough test before it is permitted to leave the factory, and any defect such as might cause vibration, heating or current consumption not in accord with specifications, is "caught" . In the picture Henry Blumenschein is testing fans with a movable device whic records simultaneously the number of watts and volts at which each fan operates. Formerly it was the practice to operate test from a stationary switchboard but as the output increased, it became difficult to make readings from the board at a considerable distance from the fan under test. Other test are made to insure that each fan attains the proper speeds.

The larger view is from the fan assembly department. Since the picture was taken a further expansion of quarters has removed the fan packing from this wing of the building, greatly reducing congestion. Fans are now packed on the first floor, from which they are transferred to the warehouses.

The picture of the loaded truck and trailer shows fans boxed for shipment, en route from plant Three to the warehouse. Worthington Kadel is at the wheel.

Clarence McDaniel is shown performing one of the many interesting operations necessary to attaining the high R&M standard in fans. The blades must balance perfectly----any irregularity caused by a variation in the thickness of the metal from which the blades are stamped will show promptly if it is allowed to reach the test room. An unevenly balanced fan will vibrate, causing strain on the bearings and gear boxes. The fan blades shown in the picture are finished in old ivory, a special order. Another careful adjustment of the fan blades, resembling the one shown above, is made to insure uniformity of the pitch.

Just because Plant Three is way off in another part of the town some of us out here in "Lagondy" with the main show are apt to forget at times that this junior member of the R & M. trio is on the job.
Overcoming the handicap incident to the removal and installation of heavy machinery and other equipment at the first of the year, the Plant Three organization has come up with flying colors. The average output of fans in the new plant since operations began there, inclusive of the removal period, will be far above any production record for any period of time during the previous seasons."

We will continue to share this information as we have the opportunity in issues of EXTRA! EXTRA! It truly is a goldmine of information about operational procedures and the employees that built those great "Standard" fans all those years at the Robbins and Myers Company.


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