Sargrove sprayed-circuit radio receiver experiment, 1936-1937

1936-7 in Walton-on-Thames
John Adolph Sargrove

Sargrove sprayed-circuit radio receiver (experimental model), made by John Sargrove, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, 1936-1937.

John Sargrove was a pioneer of Electronic Circuit Making Equipment (ECME), in order to automate the process of making radios. ECME could automatically produce complete radio circuit panels ready for assembly, at a rate of three per minute. A pre-moulded Bakelite panel was grit blasted, sprayed with metal and graphite, milled, lacquered and tested, emerging 20 seconds later for final assembly. The panels then only required a few components such as valves to be inserted by hand, and the completed assembly was fitted into a cabinet. This is an experimental model made by Sargrove between 1936 and 1937. His idea was never taken up generally, partly because it was seen as a threat to jobs, but represents the first modern approach to automatic operation in electronic manufacture.

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Electronic Components
Object Number:
1964-256 Pt1
bakelite and graphite
radio receiver
  • component - object
Donated by John Adolphe Sargrove

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