Title: Instruments at the Design Centre
Pages: 64 - 65
Text: Instruments at The Design Centre
A preview of three typical examples from the exhibition of modern scientific instruments, which opens on the mezzanine floor of the centre on October 5, and continues until November 19. The display will show how scientific measuring equipment for industry, research and education is designed and made. Over 40 exhibits have been chosen to stress the qualities of accuracy, reliability, ease of operation and good appearance.
The Zoomax microscope provides a stereoscopic view of objects. The magnification is variable over the range x 5 to x 45, an important feature when viewing components with many surfaces. Additional optics are available.
The base and column are produced by Vickers Instruments Ltd for use on that company's range of Stereomicroscopes. The stereoscopic zoom optical system within the head was designed and manufactured by R. and J. Beck Ltd. Noel London, of London and Upjohn, was responsible for designing the form of the microscope head to blend with the existing column and base. The form achieved creates a visual balance between the various components, and gives the microscope a 'precision' appearance.
Manufacturing costs were kept down by the use of standard components, and savings were also made by simplifying and reducing the number of parts which make up the zoom lens system. The basic instrument costs £180.
This instrument is used to separate and measure the constituents of complex chemical mixtures and compounds.
It is the Series 104 gas chromatograph which is made by W. G. Pye and Co Ltd. The individual units forming the system have been designed on a modular basis, allowing various components to be added or removed to achieve the required analysis. The modular construction has also resulted in an improved appearance, a reduction of costs and easier maintenance.
The industrial design consultant to Pye was A. B. Kirkbride. The instrument is available in nine versions costing from £475.
This instrument is used in analytical chemistry to determine the chemical composition of complex mixtures and compounds. Light is passed through the substance being tested, and the spectrum of the chemical constituents thus obtained over a predetermined wavelength enables the analytical chemist to identify the composition.
The SP 800, was designed as an adaptable instrument for routine work. Accessories are available which increase the scope of operation and, when added, maintain an integrated design. Colour is carefully used to indicate complex control areas, and the flat bed recorder is angled for easier visibility. Good detailing, control knobs and graphics reflectthe precision of the instrument. The SP 800 is made by Unicam Instruments Ltd. It was designed by C. S. C. Tarbet, with A. B. Kirkbride as design consultant. The SP 800 costs from £1,585.