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Old 18th July 2003, 12:01 AM   #1
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Default Identifying Allen Bradley resistors

I was wondering how one goes about identifying an Allen Bradley resistor. I bought some older resistors from a local place and they were the old type(round,even, and 10% tolerance).....I don't have a digital camera to post a picture. Maybe someone has some insight or even pictures so that I may be able to identify Allen Bradley resistors.


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I will raise this thread from the dead because I am wondering the same thing and there is no reason to have 2 threads.

Vintage Allen Bradley are usually carbon comp hot molded from what I know, although they now have multiple modern resistor manufacturing methods for their current product lines.

We are both talking about vintage ones though. If they are hot molded, should there be a small line visible at both ends of the resistor that goes along one side also? Or should it be a perfectly smooth cylinder? How about how they attached the leads to the ends of the resistor? Anything stand out on that part of the construction vs. other vintage resistors? I have about 300 vintage carbon comp & super old wire wound ceramic resistors from a 1950's organ. They used some top dollar parts (at the time) such as Mallory and Temple capacitors, so I would expect the resistors used would also be high-end.

I will post some pictures soon. I just hope the reason people didn't answer your question isn't because it is nearly impossible to tell between random vintage resistors and Allen Bradley resistors. (Fingers crossed!)

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All the A-Bs I've ever seen have smooth bodies, fully saturated color bands of very even width and thickness, and solder/tin plated leads. The product is just very uniform.
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Me I always remember AB for its smooth body & coffee color
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