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Catalog Number 2016.001.008
Description Raychem Heater Seminar Souvenir, 1980. A Plexiglas rectangular souvenir from the March 1980 Raychem Heater Seminar in Palo Alto, CA. Event, place and date are engraved into front at the bottom. Engraved words are filled with white paint. Image of a starship is painted onto the back of the Plexiglas and can be seen through the plastic. The starship is yellow on a black background. The starship has varying mechanical and electrical components. Towards the center of the ship is a chicken sitting on some eggs. In the bottom right corner of the ship is a smiling face on a screen and towards the bottom middle is a human figure in a diving suit. Black background has transparent planet with ring in upper left corner and transparent stars on the upper right side. The lower left has a clear section of road with a manhole cover ajar. Bottom middle of background has a transparent jet. Above the starship image is a blue rectangle of paint with yellow writing reading "Starship / Sretaeh". Sretaeh is heaters spelled backwards.
Object Name Souvenir
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Raychem Heater Seminar Souvenir, 1980
Date March 1980
Creator Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "Raychem Heater Seminar, Palo Alto, Ca. March 1980" (engraved, front bottom filled with white paint); "Starship / Sretaeh" (painted on back in yellow); "USE / NO / FLAME" (painted in black on sign above manhole cover).
Provenance From the March 1980 Raychem Heater Seminar in Palo Alto, CA.
Notes "Raychem was founded on January 1, 1957. It grew rapidly by creating proprietary new products based on Radiation processing of polymers to meet critical and difficult industry needs for electrical circuit integrity in harsh environments. Included in these initial products were irradiated wire insulation and heat shrinkable tubing. Markets included Aerospace, Military, Automotive, Telecommunications and Electrical Power Generation markets.
"In 1968, Raychem acquired Chemelex leading Raychem to extend its radiation polymer processing technology to polymers filled with conductive carbon creating a family of "Self Limiting Heaters". This technology was further extended to produce resettable switches forming the enabling technology for the "Polyswitch" Division.
"As Raychem grew into a world class Material Science Company, additional technologies explored, developed and taken to market were Heat Recoverable Metals, Piezoelectric Materials (Elographics), Silicone Gels (Geltek) and Liquid Crystals (Taliq).
"Each year, Raychem devoted between 8 and 10 percent of sales into Research and Development resulting in thousands of new products based on the technologies listed above. Research and Product Development labaratories, in addition to Menlo Park and Redwood City were established in Swindon, UK, Kessel-Lo, Belgium, Ottobrunn, Germany, Pontois, France and Japan.
"Manning these laboratories were an extremely creative and talented group of scientists and engineers who found innovative ways to use technologies to create new products."
[ 12/31/2015]
Dimensions H-1 W-6.5 D-7 inches
Search Terms Conferences
Menlo Park
Palo Alto
Subjects Design
Space vehicles