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Degree in 1913. After graduation he joined his father, Alonzo E. Locke, in the bond investment business in Boston, which was dissolved early in 1918 following his father's accidental death. During his senior year at Harvard his roommate was a junior, Homer E. Rawson. The latter was GR's vice president in 1918 and that year persuaded Locke to join the Company. 25 Errol H. Locke Locke's first job was in sales, where he wrote many of the Company's early advertisements and catalog pages. However, he soon became interested in the manufacturing side of the business and, for most of his thirty-seven years with the Company, devoted much of his time to its management.
In this way, the speed possible with repetitive operations can be achieved, which is many times faster than one-instrument-at-a-time assembly would be. Because one man is responsible for the complete assembly, responsibility for mistakes can be readily traced, but much more important is the quality of work created by the craftsman who is fully responsible for the whole assembly job. 43 There are no assembly lines at General Radio; the final assembly of an instrument is instead the responsibility of an individual highly skilled in the art.
17 This popular instrument was so well designed that it was not changed for fifteen years, until it was superseded by the Type 716-A Capacitance Bridge. " Audio oscillators are so commonplace today that it seems as if they could have had no beginning. Actually, the first commercial low frequency oscillator (the Type 377 ) was announced by GR in 1927. It was, of course, battery-operated; the operation of vacuum tubes from alternating-current circuits in those days was not satisfactory because of hum problems.
A history of the General Radio Company by Arthur E Thiessen