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Cutter loader

Series

Series Name
Mining Review 1st Year

Issue

Issue No.
1
Date Released
Sep 1947
Length of issue (in feet)
796
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1Cutter loader
  2. 2Five day week?
  3. 3The miners’ song

Story

Story No. within this Issue
1 / 3
Summary
BFI Summary - the Meco Moore cutter-loader is demonstrated and explained.
COI Commentary - You may know the Meco-Moore. I dare say there’s one in your pit. Or perhaps there will be soon if you’ve got the right conditions. You may think it a wonderful machine or just the opposite, but anyway this is where it’s made.
It was designed to speed up long wall working. M. S. Moore invented it about sixteen years ago, and he spent a long time experimenting and improving it before he was satisfied. A colliery company testing the method increased output by 5,500 tons a week.
Here’s the latest model. The two machines that make it up - cutter and loader - are joined together.
The Meco-Moore’s a big machine, made of hundreds of small parts. Here are some of the gear wheels being cut.
Even hair-breadth accuracy’s not enough. Ripping out coal’s a tough job, and the machinery’s got to be pretty strong. So essential parts are heat-treated for hours in gas furnaces and then quenched to give them that extra hardness.
Here’s a complete Meco-Moore, ready to go to a pit. They’re giving it a trial run. You can see how it shears, undercuts, loads and pulls itself along as it works.
This man’s particularly interested. He’s going to have to work it. He and his team have been helping to assemble it in the factory. BY the time they come to use it in the pit they’ll have got it well trained and eating out of their hands!
Well, that’s how they make them. Here’s the finished product on the job.
Keywords
Science and technology; Mining
Footage sources
Movietone
Written sources
The National Archives INF 6   /386 Used for synopsis
British Film Institute Databases
Viewing Copy - bfi screenonline
Hogenkamp, A. P., unpublished DPhil thesis   pxi.
BFI Screenonline synopsis   ID No.1223157
Credits:
Production Co.
Crown Film Unit
Camera
Fred Gamage
Director
Graham Wallace
Cutter
Jocelyn Jackson
Cutter
John Legard
Producer
John Taylor
Sound
K. Scrivener
Camera
Kenneth Reeves
Commentator
Maurice Denham
Sponsor
Ministry of Fuel and Power
Camera
William Chaston

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