Re: [midatlanticretro] Reforming Capacitors: EAI Analog Computer TR-48
- Josh,If they are the multi section cans, if there is room underneath what u can do is just solder new ones below the circuits on a terminal strip, get as close as you can with the capacitance, higher is ok but not too much over. As for voltage go at least 50% higher. If you go that route and use radial caps get 105 degree C ones.This can be treated more like an old radio or tv instead of a computer.Matt
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On Oct 11, 2012, at 11:28 AM, joshbensadon <email@example.com> wrote:
I'm still working on the EAI Model TR-48 Analog Computer. I've found stacks of information on Analog Computers, there is much to learn about them. I am guessing this project will take 6 months or more.
In a few weeks, I'll be testing the power supplies, but I'm concerned about the old capacitor cans. I've done an hour of reading the internet about "Capacitor Reforming".
Does anyone have any experience or remarks to make about these CAN capacitors from the late 50's or early 60's?
PS. We still haven't found an exact date for this computer.
>Yes, In my opinion you are correct.
> Here's a transistor with 430 on it. Would that make it 1964, week 30?
> Transistor part number is 2N1218. Or does the 430 refer to the factory the
> transistor was made? or other?
> Photo of transistor posted in the photos/Josh Bensadon folder of this group.
> I've seen some IC's with only a 3 digit code on them (not part of this analog
> computer). Case in point is the following:
> RCA H 650
> Is that to mean 1976 week 50?
> H being the factory where it was made?
In the early years of semiconductors most parts have three digit date codes.
You have to know the approximate decade the part was first produced to get the
Sometimes you have trouble telling the part number apart from the date code.
In the 1970s a lot of the 7400 series ic's had date codes like 7414 and a part
number like 7404.
I was always having trouble with those.
A good history of early transitor marking can be found here.