This section is from the book "Complete Self-Instructing Library Of Practical Photography", by J. B. Schriever. Also available from Amazon: Complete Self-Instructing Library Of Practical Photography.
Uses Of The Camera In The Factory. In the factory the camera can be adapted to an endless variety of uses, limited only by the ingenuity of the manager in applying it and the skill of the photographer in working out practical applications. Here the photographer, in a large number of cases, is a regular employee, having rooms assigned to him in the plant, and occupying a permanent place on the pay-roll.
The Increasing Demand For The Camera In The Factory. One company photographs drawings which are sent in to figure from, and which must be returned with quotations. By this method the manufacturer insures himself against the customer substituting another drawing of more expensive construction, and can refer to the photograph at any time a question arises as to the methods of figuring, and other matters, before the contract is closed.
362. Similarly for protection, photographs are taken of the surroundings of a machine when an accident has taken place. This is always done before the parts are disturbed, so that it may be used as evidence in court. These photographs have very often indicated that the person hurt was at fault.
363. General Drawings and Special Details of machinery on price-book pages may very well be photographed, in order to facilitate explaining the construction of the firm's manufactured goods to the customer. This saves the annoyance and trouble of carrying around large blueprints which must be folded or rolled up, and which, after being used several times, become torn.
364. Photography can very advantageously be used for preserving and duplicating confidential records. The Power and Mining Machinery Company, of Milwaukee, reproduced their price-book in this way. And in view of the fact that this price-book must be revised very often, it is also found to be economical and more convenient, besides more rapid, to typewrite the pages on ordinary commercial paper and then photograph them down to the proper size sheet for the price-book. In this manner a large amount of information can be crowded on a small sheet (necessary because the book is made pocket size) and the characters are very clear. By doing this work themselves, instead of handing it to a printer, they are absolutely sure that the price-sheets do not get into the hands of competitors, as the number of copies is kept track of in the photograph room.
365. The Allis-Chalmers Company attempts to secure a complete set of views for each installation of equipment made. These are used by the sales department as aids in planning tentative lay-outs for prospective customers. (See Illustration No. 78.)
366. Every salesman knows that if he can show a customer just how a thing is going to look when completed, he has gone a long way toward awakening the interest which leads to a sale. Especially is this true in an elaborate layout of electrical apparatus, about which the purchaser sometimes knows little and feels a large degree of uncertainty.