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Analog Computing Component - Intermittent Drive

Analog Computing Component - Intermittent Drive

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Description
This component has an aluminum frame and various steel parts. Three shafts running across the frame carry a varied of gears and rings. A deteriorating plastic label reads: #46 INTERMITTENT (/) DRIVE. A number on the side reads: 209258 7.
According to the accession file, this unit was used to temporarily disconnect units that did not have the complete range of the Ford Instrument Company range keeper or computer and to reconnect the unit when data values reached the range of the disconnected unit.
References:
A.B. Clymer, "The Mechanical Analog Computers of Hannibal Ford and William Newell," Annals of the History of Computing, 15, #2, 1993, 19-34.
Accession file.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
analog computing component
maker
Ford Instrument Company
place made
United States: New York, Queens, Long Island City
Physical Description
steel, aluminum, brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8.8 cm x 8.6 cm x 8.6 cm; 3 15/32 in x 3 3/8 in x 3 3/8 in
ID Number
1982.0751.23
catalog number
1982.0751.23
accession number
1982.0751
Credit Line
Ford Instrument Company, Division of Sperry Rand Corporation
subject
Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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