OncecompletedtheEdwardStreetfactorywasashiningexampleofpostwar architecture andbecamehometoengineersthatwouldgoontobecomesomeofthefinest in the global packaging industry.
Photo Ref:AW0244. Photo Courtesy of Richard Rush and Trevor Kirby
For Comparison, here is a photo sent to us by Kelvin Woodard showing the Edward Street Site as it is in 2016
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Oncethenewfactorybuildingwascompletedinvestmentwasmadeinthelatestmachinetoolsrequiredforthe precisionengineeringtomanufacturethevastrangeofmachinesnowinthecompaniesportfolio, thefactorywas now running round the clock to produce the latest wrapping machines for customers all over the world.
Back to the drawing board... Wrapping machine parts drawn by hand at the Edward St factory in 1953.
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Birth of a RH Roll Wrapper, Assembly of the main frame at the Edward St factory in 1953.
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Assembly of a Roll Wrapper Feeder unit at the Edward St factory in 1953
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Surface Grinder in the machine shop at the Edward St factory 1953,
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AJigBorerattheEdwardStMachineShopin1953,Thismachinewasusedtomakeprecisionholesin componentsusedonthewrappingmachines,thepictureshowsacastshaftsupportbeingbored,readyforthe bronze bushes to be fitted.
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ThePrincipledesignoftheRollWrapperwasbasedonthepocketcigaretterollingmachineofthetime,usinga rollingbelt, theproductwasliftedfromtheinfeed,intothefoilandpaperandthen pushedintothejawsoftherolling head with the belt around it, when the jaws rotated the paper was wrapped tight around the product.
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The above principle is based on the pocket cigarette rolling machine, shown below is the Rizla Cigarette Roller
ThePaperislaidintothebeltwiththetobaccoplacedontop,thejawsaresqueezedtogetherandthebeltrolledby hand making a perfect Roll-up Cigarette.
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Below is a video of a vintage Auto wrappers RH Roll Wrapper in action
The Edward St Factory Assembly Shop
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Assembly of a RH model Roll Wrapper at the Edward St factory
Photo Ref:AW0247 Photo Courtesy of Richard Rush and Trevor Kirby