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Analogue Days at Solartron

By alfowler ·
I was pleased to see my Solartron Minispace Analogue Computer in thumnails. This analogue computer was designed in response to sales requests for a portable machine that could be transported by car/estate in the UK and Continental Europe.
It had the high spec Analogue Amplifiers and the same Capacitors, resistors and multi turn potentiometer components as used in the high spec production systems. A specially designed +100 - 100 volt Machine Unit power supply for initial conditions settings was provided.
Setting up 2nd Order Differential Analogue Simulations rapidly was another feature of the Machine. On the first visit to Germany which I had to step in at short notice went well noteably with Volkswagon simulating a vehicle suspension system.
The next product I designed was a 12 segment Analogue Function Generator, each segment length and + - slope were set up by means of potentiometers with a Solartron Digital voltmeter. This was my best designed product and am still proud of this to this day.

My next efforts were the Design of the Space 30, a product that had a larger design team. Leighton Davis our Team Leader, Eric Daniels for the huge hardware design , not forgetting the Prototype Assembly department for the prototype Golden Sample that enabled final modifications and the documentation.
The Space 30 had my + 100volt -100volt 0.01% Machine Unit Power Supply, a Solartron DVM, my 12 segment Function Generator and the best Passive Components that had been proved with the custom product line.
The Prototype Minispace was spotted by a BBC Film Crew that were on a visit to the company. A day or so later a request the loan of the prototype came and a week or so later it had 3 weeks of center stage in the set of Quatermass or some other BBC production. My ??5 9 inch black and white TV was much in demand by my work mates, and yes I did have a TV licence.
Happy Days
Albert L. Fowler MBE

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