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Catalog Number 2016.001.032
Description Raychem Highlighter and Pen, c. 1957-1999. Combination highlighter and pen. Outer plastic casing is round and white except for yellow highlighter end. Pen end has a white plastic cap with a smaller circle on top. Coming from the side of the pen cap is straight piece of flat plastic which forms a clip. A black ring can be seen around where cap comes off. With cap off, a piece of black plastic narrows towards a small metal tube. The small metal tube holds the black, felt tip ink pen point. On the opposite end is a highlighter. The highlighter cap is neon yellow. It is round and indents at the top. When the cap is removed, yellow plastic is narrowing towards highlighter tip. Highlighter has neon colored ink and a felt tip. The tip is slanted diagonaly. In the very center of the highlighter pen, on the white plastic, is "Raychem" printed in red ink.
Object Name Pen, Marker
Collection 3D - Written Communication Tools & Equipment
Title Raychem Highlighter and Pen, c. 1957-1999
Date c. 1957-1999
Inscription Text "Raychem" (printed in red ink on center of pen); "JAPAN" (embossed on white plastic pen cap towards base).
Provenance Made by unknown manufacturer for Raychem.
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."
[http://blog.heatshrinksleeves.com/2015/09/raychem-history.html 12/31/2015]
Dimensions H-0.5 W-0.5 D-5.5 inches
Search Terms Raychem
Writing Accessories
Writing Technology
Subjects Pens
Writing
Writing materials