When I am asked what types of machine we cater for on MachineBuilding.net, my response is that we cover everything from one-offs to mass-produced machines, special-purpose machinery and factory automation, as well as upgrades and refurbishments. But we also feature more unusual machines such as the Corpus Clock.
This extraordinary mechanical clock, with its monster-like 'chronophage' (time-eater) escapement, has no hands; rather it uses lights to indicate the time in an analogue fashion. And instead of relying on electronics to control the lights, a series of vernier slits expose concealed LEDs. There is far more to the clock than that, as you will see if you read the story. This web page also has links to photographs and a short film with a commentary by the inventor.
Many of the stories on MachineBuilding.net are illustrated, and now we are able to publish larger photographs - such as those of the Corpus Clock and one of an aerosol filling and closing machine . If you have any good images of machinery, please send them to me at , together with a description of what they show, and I will consider them for publication (please keep file sizes below 1MB).
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