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Rapid Magnetting Machine Co

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1918. From ‘Kempes Year Book’
1929. Magnetic Separating Machine.
1929. Magnetic Separating Machine.
1943. From The Engineer’s Year Book.
Detail. Exhibit at Long Shop Steam Museum.

of Magnet Works, Lombard Street, Birmingham, 12. Telephone: Victoria 1137/8 (2 lines). Telegraphic Address: "Borings, Birmingham". (1937)

1900 Company established

1908 Developed an ore grader

1912 Exhibitor at the Non-Ferrous Metals Exhibition at the Royal Agricultural Halls [1].

1919 Moved from the Crescent to Lombard Street

1920 September. Exhibited at the Machine Tool and Engineering Exhibition at Olympia with a magnetic ore separator.[2]

1932 Billy Box left the company to set up Electromagnets

1937 British Industries Fair Advert for the Manufacture of all classes of Electro-Magnet Equipments for wet and dry materials. Also the 'Rapidity' Separator for feebly magnetic ores. Patent "Biaflux" and "Rapidity" types. Also Electro-Magnetic Chucks, Clutches, Brakes, Lifting Magnets and Special Appliances. (Engineering/Metals/Quarry, Roads and Mining/Transport Section - Stand No. Cb.512)

1937 Electro-magneto separators, lifting magnets, chucks and clutches.[3]

1937 Patent - Apparatus for preparing or cleaning surfaces by directing finely divided substances thereon.[4]

1946 Patent - A new or improved magnetic holding device or clamp.

By 1951 was Rapid Magnetic Machines Ltd

Later acquired by Wolseley Hughes

1975 Still at Lombard Street. Last year?

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [1] [2] Wikipatents
  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0