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Television film led to contact with jenolite on de-rusting

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It often happens that a firm well known for on of its products often has other widespread and important activities about which the general public knows little or nothing. Such a case is that of the makers of “Peerage” brassware, who, since 1883, have successfully establish their furnishing, gift and souvenir products in brass in practically every corner of the world.

But the “Peerage” people – in other words, Pearson, Page, Jewsbury Co. LTD., have other extensive interests at their factory in Birmingham, where they have established a General Division.

This was formed in 1937 for the purpose of making ammunition boxes and later the metal frames of anti-gas helmets for babies. So satisfactory has their service been to government departments that even today they are continuing manufacture on various contracts.

Much Rusting

The latest that has been awarded to them is to recondition the metal frames for babies’ anti-gas helmets that were made before the war to bring them back to new condition.

On most of the helmets the paintwork had begun to deteriorate seriously, and there was considerable rusting around the screws inside. After contacting various manufacturers about the numerous aspects of reconditioning, they got in touch with Jenolite Ltd., having seen a film on television dealing with the jenolizing of N.A.T.O equipment, and having read current copies of the Jenolie News.

The enquiry was speedily followed up by a call from Mr. J. H. Hughes, one of Jenolite’s technical sales representatives in the Midlands, who arrived full of confidence, and, after surveying the problem, positively stated that he could guarantee excellent results. The result is a compact reconditioning and pre-treatment plant that is a model of its kind, carefully planned and operating under the most advantageous and time and labour saving conditions.

Label Removed

First the printed metal identification label is removed, and the deft hands of women workers undo the nuts and screws. The helmets are of two pieces which are named the “head” and “tail” and 48 heads or 80 tails are placed on to the prepared racks at the same time, and the whole process of reconditioning is set in motion with depainting in the heated PS5 tank. Thence they progress by overhead handling tackle to an agitated cold swill, which takes off any paint residue, and from there they pass into a trough for hosing with a pressure gun giving a pressure of 375 lbs. per square inch. The helmets drain on racks before immersion in a Jenolite RRN tank. Here all traces of existing rust are removed, the surface is protected against future corrosion, and the deposition of a phosphate coating will guarantee perfect paint adhesion at the other end of the production cycle. There follows a dilute RRN rinse in another tank, and a final immersion in the last tank, which contains a de-watering oil.

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