Film ID: YFA 2185 Video of YFA_2185 Winding Journey WINDING JOURNEY 1950 Visitor TabsDescription This is a film made by Brook Motors of Huddersfield to demonstrate the advantages of new production methods at their Barnsley works, contrasted with those at the Huddersfield works, and the standards used in producing and testing their electric motors. The film shows in detail the production process, focusing on the winding of an electric motor, mainly carried out by female workers, with an explanatory commentary. Title – Winding Journey: An introduction to an electric motor Produced by Brook Motors Film Unit. Sound recording by M J Barnsley. The film begins in one of the Brooks factories, where women are lined up at benches. Having completed winding the stator she was working on, one of the women workers is waiting for a new stator to arrive. Finally one arrives being pushed on a barrel. The commentary states that this is the old method, which has been replaced at the Barnsley works, which has a semi-automated conveyor system for collecting completed units and delivering replacements for winding. The conveyor belt system is shown in detail, with photo-electric cells to control movement. The stator units operates a spring loaded circuit when placed on the conveyor belt, which operates a light in the store to indicate when another stator is required by that operator. This is placed on a conveyor belt, which can be adjusted so that it stops at the appropriate worker. The film takes the audience through each stage of the process, including the stators being checked, the coils stored and the insulating boards being made. The testing machines are explained, including a tachometer, a high voltage test and an insulation test. The coils are fitted into the Stators, and this is contrasted by the more laborious process in the Huddersfield works. The stators are carried along an overhead conveyor belt to be baked. They are varnished, painted and checked, cleaning off excess varnish and checked again. The finished stators are loaded onto a lorry and taken to the Huddersfield works where they are put together into completed motors. These too are then double checked. They are labelled, ready for dispatch. Those that are being exported are packed into wooden crates. These are labelled, showing some of the destinations. Finally some examples of the machines in use are shown, including on the card machines at Wormald and Walker Blanket Mills. Context Across the great hidden divide separating production from product as the almost entirely female workforce labour to make electric motors in 1950s Huddersfield. The electric motor gets (almost) the full Hollywood treatment here in this story of how motors are manufactured in the 1950s by one of Britain’s biggest producers, Brook Motors. To the soundtrack of the British light music of the time, the mainly female workforce are seen displaying their skills as the slowly evolving motors pass along the conveyor belt from set of workers to the next, with insights into technology, marketing, and the sociology of work. This is one of a great many promotional films made by Brook Motors of Huddersfield from the 1930s through to the 1970s. All the films provide a detailed account of how their motors are manufactured and their uses. Companies making promotional films of this kind were very common, and show just how much film came to be used in marketing. Although the film highlights the technological advances in the production process, we can see just how labour intensive factory work still was before the revolution in automation. Brook Motors began life in 1904 before merging with R.E.B. Crompton to form Brook Crompton in the late 1960s, and still manufactures electric motors that look remarkably similar to those in the film.