8.06.2004

Hilarious video

UPDATE: This really is a spoof that dates back to the fourties. It's been an engineering/manufacturing joke ever since. I shoulda known, but the 1997 copyright for Rockwell had me fooled.

A video (wmv format), circa 1997, promoting Rockwell Automation's "Retro Encabulator".

At first I thought this was a spoof but it's the real deal. It's so full of industry buzzwords that it may as well be in a foreign language. I've quickly jotted down the most amusing lines from the video. Accuracy is near impossible to anyone without a PhD in "retro encabulators", but I think this is fairly close.

"Work has been proceeding on the crudely conceived idea of an instrument that would not only provide inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but would aslo be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters."

...

"The original machine had a baseplate of preframulated amulite surmounted by a malleable logarythmic casing in such a way that the two Spurving bearings were in a direct line with the panometric fam. The lineup consisted simply of six hydrocoptic Marsell veins so fitted to the ambithacient lunar wane shaft that side fumbling was effectively prevented.

The main winding was of the normal Lotus O'dell-toid type placed in pandendermic semi-bolloid slots of the stator, every seventh conductor being connected by a non reversible trimmy pipe to the differential girdle spring on the upend of the grammeters.

Moreover whenever florescent score motion is required it may also be employed in conjunction with a drawn reciprocation ding alarm to reduce sino-soil deploration.

The retro encabulator has now reached a high level of development and it's being successfully used in the operation of Milford trinions."
I didn't think "preframulated" was a word but google had two hits for the word. One of the two is a reference to the video and the second sheds no new light on the word:


"A reciprocating dingle arm with sinusoidal repleneration, mounted on a base of preframulated amulite"



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