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The Schenectady Works of the General Electric Company

Sockets, Receptacles and Small Supplies: Buildings Nos. 26 and 94

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[This information is from p. 50 of the Schenectady Electrical Handbook by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. (Schenectady, NY: General Electric Press, 1904). It is in the Schenectady Collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at Schdy R 621.3 A51s.]

On the third floor of Building No. 26, about 280 employees are at work making up sockets, receptacles, snap switches, cut-outs, fuse plugs and fuses. Automatic machinery and systematic methods are of vital importance to the enormous output of this department.

The Porcelain Works

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The Porcelain Works, Building No. 94, where insulators and porcelain parts for many other devices are manufactured, is believed to be the most modern and best equipped plant of its kind in this country. It employs 160 men, has 7 kilns, 52,000 square feet of drying racks, and 16,700 square feet of floor space. Last year it manufactured more than 1000 tons of porcelain products. The processes of mixing the clay, molding it into shapes, firing and glazing it in the kilns are all of interest. While nearly all porcelain pieces are molded in presses, high potential insulators, to secure perfect homogeneity, are formed on a potter's wheel similar to those used by the Egyptians 4000 years ago.

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