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SubmitterBigKevMore Photos from BigKev    Last Update2018/7/23 8:04    Tell a friendTell a friend
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Here is another example of Packard's increase in manufacturing efficiency. This
machine, designed and built in the Packard factory and operated by compressed air,
saves the time and physical effort of several men and DOES THE JOB INFINITELY ,
BETTER. Besides lifting the cylinder block and dropping it on the upper half of
the crankcase, using the connecting rod and piston as a guide, this machine serves
as a check on many previous factory operations on these units.
If connecting rods, pistons, valve lifters or other crankcase parts are assembled
in any way but EXACTLY as prescribed in the Packard blueprints, this machine
searches out those inaccuracies because the cylinder block which it holds in its
almost human clutch cannot be released if there are any obstacles present.
This machine is one of the biggest protections in the assembly line of the Packard
factory because it protects mechanically so many parts.
Contrast, if you please, the schemes of only a few years ago when men labored all
day with tiring motion to fit pistons and connecting rods to each cylinder bore.
In those days an engine was no better than the various assemblers who worked on
the different units. Today this hazard is eliminated. This device is - again -
another reason why Packard cars of today are better, and the labor formerly
required to perform this accurate operation is released for more productive gain.

Picture courtesy of Roscoe Stelford

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