Small Military Truck Specifications.
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Society of Automobile Engineers Holds Conference.
A conference was held recently at the rooms of the Society of Automobile Engineers, New York, with representatives of the Army, on revised annual specifications for military trucks of 1-n tons capacity. Lieut.-Col. Chauncey B. Baker, of the Quartermaster Corps, U.S.A., addressed the meeting. Wm. M. Britton, electrical and mechanical engineer of the War Department, was also present, together with other S.A.E. members convened for the purpose of conferring in an informal way on standard specifications as to quality of materials, interchangeability of parts, load capacity, road speed, location of control, ground clearance, engine capacity, suspension, electrical equipment, and many other elements.
Henry Souther, past president of the Society and now consulting engineer of the U.S. Signal Corps, presided at the meeting, the following being in attendance : H. W. Alden, Chief Engineer, Timken Detroit Axle Co., Detroit.
Joseph A. Anglada, Consulting -Engineer, New York.
B. B. Bachman, Engineer, Autocar Co.., Ardmore, Pa. Chauncey B. Baker, Quartermaster Corps, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C. P. J. F. Batenburg, Chief Engineer, Four Wheel Drive Co., Clintonville, Wis. Win. M. Britton, Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, Quartermaster Corps, War Department, Washington, D.C. A. Ludlow Clayden, Chairman, Standards Committee, S.A.E. Chester E. Clemens, Mechanical Engineer, Perfection Spring Co., Cleveland, 0.
H. D. Church, Chief Engineer' Truck Division, Packard Motor Car Co., Detroit.
Coker F. Clarkson, General Manager, S.A.E. Howard E. Coffin, Chairman, Naval Consulting Board Industrial Preparedness Committee, Herbert Chase, Clef Engineer, Automobile
Club of America, New York. D. L. Gallup,Professor Gas Engineering and Consulting Engineer, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass.
It. H. Johnston, New York Manager, The White Co.
Lewis P. Kalb, Chief Engineer, Kelly-Springfield Motor Truck Co.
A. Kraus, Chief Engineer, Garford Motor Truck Co., Liina, 0. Robt. MA. Lloyd, Consulting Engineer, New York.
A. F. Masury, Chief Engineer, International Motor Co., New York.
• W. T. Norton, Jr., Chief Engineer and General Superintendent, Selden Motor Vehicle Co., Rochester, N.Y. • H.. W. Perry, Secretary Truck Committee, National Automobile. Chamber of Commerce.
Alfred Reeves, General Manager, National Automobile Chamber of Commerce.
A. L. Riker, Vice-president and Chief Engineer, Locomobile Co. of America, Bridgeport, Conn. C. B. Rose, Chief Engineer, Velie Motor Vehicle•Co., Moline, Ill. Arthur J. Slade, Consulting Engineer, New York.
G. W. Smith, Chief Engineer, Thos. B. Jeffery Co. Kenosha, Wis. Tienry Souther, Consulting Engineer, U.S. Signal Corps, W. R. Strickland, Chief Engineer, Peerless Motor. Car ,Co., Cleveland, 0. F. A. Whitten. Chief Engineer, General Motors Truck Co., Pontiac, Mich.. John Younger, Chief Engineer, Motor Truck Dept., Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co., Buffalo, N.Y.
The meeting marks the beginning of the establishment of comprehensive S.A.E. military standards._ Once the fundamental requirements for the service in mind become clear, any additional detail recommendations necessary can be formulated with due promptness. The work is of a very broad nature, and must obviou.sly be conducted carefully. The extremely hard conditions under which trucks operate at the front in time of war constitute a large study in themselves. The -different Divisions of the Standards Committee of the Society of Automobile Engineers will be assigned by the Society Council subjects within their Jurisdiction, and the Scope of work extended as shall permit most thorough and effective deliberation.
President Huff expressed the view that in addition to the work of formulating ultimate, standards the Society should, through What might be called exigent committee work, give all possible advice on specifications submitted to it. Accordingly a committee was appointed this week to take up with the Government officials detail data considered pertinent to standard specifications for gasoline motor trucks of one and one-half ton capacity. Thiscommittee,, which has already held one long session, is constituted as follows : —Coker F. Clarkson (Chairman), B. B. Bachman, H. D. Church, L. P. Kalb, Wm. T. Norton, Jr., A. L. Riker, C. B. Rose, John Younger, G. W. Smith; W. R. Strickland, and A. Ludlow Clayden (ex-officio).
It is hoped that these _endeavours of the S.A.E. will be of increasing importance, and effect in the harmonizing of Governmental and commercial specifications, in the improvement of design and reliability, and in the facilitating of the production and operation of motor trucks for very severe service.