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University of Maine

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Orono, Maine

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A thesis presented to the Trustees of the University of Maine for the attainment of the Degree of Electrical Engineer in 1912. Includes several photographs.

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To the industrial world the use of electricity as motive power is now almost indispensable and the mechanically operated factory will in a few years be as antiquated as the factory which today operates without modern power driven machinery. In no class of industries is this economical and tractible form of power more easily adapted than in the shoe and leather industries comprising shoe factories and tanneries.

As an indication of the extent to which electricity has been adapted to the operation of shoe machinery it is Interesting to note that according to an unofficial canvass approximately 200 establishments out of a total of about 500 factories located in New England have made use of electricity as a motive power.

It is intended in this thesis to enumerate the reasons for advocating electric drive for shoe factories and tanneries, to indicate by description and photographs the most economical and approved methods, and to include by way of illustration detailed, description of a number of typical up-to-date installations which have been investigated with this end in view.


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