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  1. Frank Bird

    JPM, my view from the inside. Frank Bird.

    Here's one for you... Development team. The older gent was Charles Weekes, a mentor, what a guy, we've all grown used to stepper reel units? They were his brainchild. More in future stories. Left to right. David Mead, Tony Braggins, Ron Watts, yours truly, Charles Weekes, Charles (Bingham) Hazel.
  2. Frank Bird

    JPM, my view from the inside. Frank Bird.

    In one.. spot on..
  3. Frank Bird

    JPM, my view from the inside. Frank Bird.

    Riche was right, last one on the right..
  4. Frank Bird

    Jpm?

    Funnily enough I worked with Janshens when I was with Coinmaster, in 2001 I was at the opening of the casino in Sheveningen with Paul Heuvelman as we put a couple of 10 player Auto Roulette in.
  5. Frank Bird

    Jpm?

    I rarely got to see the Dutch product as our distributor in Holland, Jac Van Ham were excellent and dealt with the vast majority of issues both technical and spares. I only visited twice to give tuition on the new technology's and that was late 1979.
  6. Frank Bird

    JPM, my view from the inside. Frank Bird.

    How many times....... it's Frank! you wind up merchant
  7. Frank Bird

    JPM, my view from the inside. Frank Bird.

    Continuing my recollections ( stop me if I'm boring you ) The Ace building in Ferry Road was a fairly dilapidated old warehouse unit that had cracked brickwork but was nicely white painted with of course a large JPM sign. A huge concrete ceiling some 20 foot high in the main assembly area and no insulation to the walls in those days ensured that in the winter it was freezing. Offices and development were on the first floor accessible by a concrete stair case or for the prototype machines, a hoist and a steel floor with chains, no cage, HSE what's that?. The stores and the cabinet shop were across a large potholed access road that went no where except to the weed covered red brick wall that was the boundary of the Gas Board wall and the huge gasometers that supplied some parts of Cardiff and dwarfed the factory. Stacked on shelves behind the 6 assembly workers were the parts to be fitted to the cabinets and in front of them scraps of domestic carpeting were a protection from the cold floor in front of the assembly runners. Empty machines were brought in on sack trucks and set on plywood bases to be pushed down the floor level roller line. Graham, Tommy, Howard, Gareth B, Gareth G, Gary (common name in Wales yew see, init,) used pneumatic drills, screw drivers and nut runners to install the components necessary for the build and they all raced with their guns screaming to see who could finish their machine first. From the end of the line machines were again sack trucked into the test compound which was delineated by a low stud wall topped with a green plastic coated chicken wire, this to make sure that no one could get in unless they were trained as the earthing was protected, the machine having to be earth tested separately. My first job was to build (reel units) flashers which I found both daunting and interesting if a little repetitive but soon, chasing my own build count made me want to better the build environment. Given a colleague to work with we finished our efforts quite early in the week so rather than pass them on to the Flasher Test area, I offered to learn and was introduced to the Schematics and so we combined the build and test which just made common sense to me. Finding work to do was easy as we were getting more and more successful by the week and demarcation lines were thin. One of the tasks we could help with was producing the Schematics from the master copies. To make the large scale AO circuit diagrams or schematics that made up the only diagnostic guide sent with the machine we had a master that was made by Howard Parker drawn full scale on a transparent plastic like material. This was then placed on a special sheet of ‘blue print’ or photo sensitive paper and both were put into the rollers of a diazotype printing machine. This machine used neat ammonia as part of the 'developing' medium and the paper being photo sensitive bleached with the blinding light produced, but only where the master was blank. When blueprint paper is exposed to uv light through the machine a positive image is "burned" onto the blueprint paper from the original. After this occurs, the paper is then exposed to ammonia gas which fixes the lines or the print which turn blue. The problem was that the Ammonia had to be fresh and transferring it form a bottle to the machine ended in the room filling with ammonia fumes, the process itself producing even more fumes. Again HSE? I seemed to understand the schematics quite readily so I was keen to learn how to test the rest of the machine and started hanging around the test area where the relay covered control units with their various rotary control timers were being tested or perhaps exercised is a more fitting description. This was done on huge test rigs covered in lamps and switches which were in reality simply a machine without the cabinet. Helping with this, and testing the reel units introduced me of course to the concept of fault finding using the schematics which stood me in good stead as time went by. Regards, Frank Bird .......... To be continued ..........
  8. Frank Bird

    Welcome to the electro machine forum.

    It's a fair chance that we met you know. Regards Frank Bird
  9. Frank Bird

    Welcome to the electro machine forum.

    I am trying to deal with the amount and depth of information here! It is extraordinary, bear in mind that to a lot of people building gaming machines was 'just a job', so to see how much detail there is in these posts is illuminating. I was exposed to a great deal, but NOT ALL of so I am sure I will learn as well. As I was interested in the work, and moving from role to role I manged to see many different aspects - hopefully they will be entertaining but I doubt any more informative than that which is here already. Regards, Frank Bird
  10. Frank Bird

    JPM, my view from the inside. Frank Bird.

    A question that is asked quite often actually. The J was Jack Jones MD, the P actually two P's were Alan and Howard Parker both development directors, the M was John Monks, purchasing director. Laterly there was another director Ernie Beaver, Sales director however they decided not to change the name of the company as it was already recognized. Regards, Frank Bird
  11. Frank Bird

    JPM, my view from the inside. Frank Bird.

    A question that is asked quite often actually. The J was Jack Jones MD, the P actually two P's were Alan and Howard Parker both development directors, the M was John Monks, purchasing director. Laterly there was another director Ernie Beaver, Sales director however they decided not to change the name of the company as it was already recognized. Regards, Frank Bird
  12. Frank Bird

    JPM, my view from the inside. Frank Bird.

    A question that is asked quite often actually. The J was Jack Jones MD, the P actually two P's were Alan and Howard Parker both development directors, the M was John Monks, purchasing director. Laterly there was another director Ernie Beaver, Sales director however they decided not to change the name of the company as it was already recognized. Regards, Frank Bird
  13. Frank Bird

    A guide into the 70s electro machine

    In JPM production Assembly we always soaked reel unit, leather clutch washers in neatsfoot overnight. Regards, Frank Bird.
  14. Frank Bird

    Welcome to the electro machine forum.

    Ron hi, could you move my posts here please, apologies if it's a hassle. I think this is where I belong...😉 Regards, Frank Bird.
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