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Rank Precision Industries

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of Mortimer Street, London.

1947 British Optical and Precision Engineers was formed as a private company. Part of the J Arthur Rank Organisation

1948 Company made public.

1956 The name of British Optical and Precision Engineers was changed to Rank Precision Industries[1] which included G. B. Equipments Ltd, G. B.-Kalee Ltd, Taylor, Taylor and Hobson Ltd, A. Kershaw and Sons Ltd[2]. Agent for ACEC-Dictorel dictation equipment. Manufactured microfilm-based recording system for Burroughs Adding Machine[3] to Bell and Howell design. Introduced Replicta copying machines[4]

1957 Developed portable recording equipment that could be used by cameramen for recording sound on 16mm film[5]

1958 High speed Xeronic computer printer[6]

1961 Manufacturers of engineers' measuring instruments, machine tools, lenses and optical instruments; manufacturers of G. B. Bell and Howell 8mm and 16mm cine equipment, film strip and slide projectors and specialised camera equipment; cinema, theatre and studio equipment manufacturers and seating furnishers, also cinema screens, 8mm and 16mm screens, screen frames and stage equipment; Xeronic output computer printer. 4,500 employees. [7]

1964 Stanley Cox, a subsidiary of R. B. Pullin and Co, became part of Rank Medical Equipment[8]

1966 Included Rank-Xerox[9]

1967 Rank Pullin Controls made the Aldis signalling lamp[10]

1968 New division of Rank established; this was to be called Rank Precision Industries; it would focus on development of the scientific instruments business; initially involved Hilger and Watts, Rank Taylor Hobson, Rank Bush Murphy Electronics, Rank Electronic Tubes[11].

1969 Split into 4 divisions: analytical, metrology, broadcast and industrial[12].

1988 Sold the Rank Pullin Controls thermal imaging business and the related military thermography business of Rank Taylor Hobson to GEC. Rank Pullin Controls would concentrate on industrial metrology[13].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times 2 April 1956
  2. The Times 3 April 1956
  3. The Times 5 October 1956
  4. The Times 22 November 1956
  5. The Times 8 October 1957
  6. The Times 17 November 1958
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  8. The Times 12 October 1964
  9. The Times 7 January 1966
  10. The Times 27 May 1967
  11. The Times 24 September 1968
  12. The Times 15 January 1969
  13. The Times 20 April 1988