Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 17:43:30 -0500 (EST)

Author: Steve Wonnell

Subject: Re: gimbaled gyroscope

Post:



Hi Jerry,

Ah, so that's the history. We were wondering what happened.
Our lab manager, about two years ago, tried to obtain more.
Cenco had, I think, exactly six MITAC gyros remaining in their stock,
and we bought them all for our lab class. Turns out that three were
highly defective and CENCO couldn't repair them. But our champion
machinists were able to fabricate the necessary part to get the running.

These gyros are probably the apparatus that most frequently break down
in the labs.

Steve


On Fri, 22 Nov 2002, Gerald Zani wrote:

> Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 11:38:37 -0500
> From: Gerald Zani
> Reply-To: tap-l@listproc.appstate.edu
> To: tap-l@listproc.appstate.edu
> Subject: Re: gimbaled gyroscope
>
> Steve,
>
> Years ago I contacted the manufacturer. After WWII and continuing until
> 1995 the manufacturers primary market was the military training
> schools. Unfortunately the military budget cuts that began in 1994 took
> their toll and the military stopped buying them.
> The Cenco sales alone were not enough to keep it in production and the
> Mitac Gyro has not been manufactured since 1995. Jerry
>
> At 10:45 AM 11/22/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>
>
> >Folks,
> >
> >Brian Alfano, from the Virginia Museum of Science, and who
> >does not belong to this list, is looking for a motorized gimbaled
> >gyroscope. We have some, such as the one shown on this page:
> >http://www.pha.jhu.edu/facilities/pir/lecdemo/M-q5d.htm.
> >However we have none to spare. He is looking to purchase one
> >for a exhibit that they are constructing on Space. The one shown on our
> >webpage was made be CENCO and is no longer made by them.
> >
> >They do have some money to purchase one, so my questions are,
> >does anyone have one to spare? and does anyone know where one
> >could be purchased?
> >
> >You can reply directly to Brian Alfano at balfano@smv.org
> >
> >Thanks -
> >Steve Wonnell
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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> >Steven K. Wonnell
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>
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>
>


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Steven K. Wonnell
Physics and Astronomy Department E-Mail: wonnell@pha.jhu.edu
Johns Hopkins University Phone: (410) 516-4696, 516-5468
3400 N. Charles Street Fax: (410) 516-7239
Baltimore, MD 21218-2686 Office: 478 Bloomberg
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