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Automat / Compact Technik Construction Sets

Automat was a a constructional system aimed at Technical Education. It produced specialist technical manuals for education to go with the sets. It was made in Switzerland by Automat Precision Engineering Ltd in the late 1950s. In 1965 the ompany changed to Automat Service international of Germany. In the mid to late 1970s the company was called Compact Technik GmbH. The system is still being made. These days it appears to be called Compact Technik rather than Automat. See the company's website https://www.knotech.de/en/products/compact-technik/

There are two main phases of this system:-
a) Up to the mid 1960s, angle girders were used for the framework.
b) From the mid 1960s, square alloy tubes and other sections were used for the framework.

Phase a) (late 1950s to mid 1960s)


Manufacturer / Distributor

Initially: Automat Precision Engineering Ltd., Limmatqual 120, Zurich 1, Switzerland
From 1965: Automat Service international, D 6095 Schriesheim, Germany
By 1978: Compact Technik GmbH, Branichstrasse 8, D 6095 Schriesheim, Germany


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for AUTOMAT [a]

Maker
 
System Type
Professional type and Mainly Rods/Tubes()
Country
Switzerland (see comment *1)
Dates
1958 to mid 1960s
Material
Steel / Plastic
Thread
M3.5 (see comment *2)
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
M3.5 (see comment *3)
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
34 (see comment *4)
No. of Parts in System
358
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7 (multiples of value shown, including half.)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.1
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0 (see comment *5)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Brass with a Nickel plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
7.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Data for 1961. *1Germany up to '65. *2 also M5,M8. *3 also M2.6 M5. *4 Mod .75. *5 also 2.5.

The MCS document for this system is shown below. It can also be downloaded to your computer if desired here

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Phase b) (mid 1960s to present)


Manufacturer / Distributor

An unknown company from


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for AUTOMAT [b]

Maker
 
System Type
Professional type and Mainly Rods/Tubes()
Country
Germany (see comment *1)
Dates
mid 1960s to in production in 2009 and continuing
Material
Aluminium (Alloy) / Plastic
Thread
M3.5 (see comment *2)
Boss Type
collet fixing (see comment *3)
Boss Thread
M3.5
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
34 (see comment *4)
No. of Parts in System
440
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7 (multiples of value shown, including half.)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0 (see comment *5)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: hexagonal (slotted)
(see comment *6)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
7.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
7.0

Comments
Data for 1993. Frameworks from square alloy Tubes & other sections instead of Angle Girders. Also COMPACT gear demo units. *1 SW< '65. *2 & M6,M8,M10. *3 some double tapped.. *4 Mod .75. *5 & 6mm *6 slotted head Bolt.

NOTE - This system is covered in the MCS document above, so it is not repeated.

Below there are manuals/leafets which can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate image.


The Automat Group 1 manual - Kurbeltriebe (Crank Drives)
(Added 23 May 2019)

The Automat Group 2 manual - Radtriebe (Wheel Drives)
(Added 23 May 2019)

The Automat Group 3 manual - Kurbeltriebe (Cam Gear)
(Added 23 May 2019)

The Automat Group 4 manual - Sperrtriebe und Schaltwerke (Lock Drives and Switch Gears)
(Added 23 May 2019)

The Automat Group 7 manual - Maschinen-Elemente (Machine Elements)
(Added 23 May 2019)

The Automat Group 8 manual - Physikalische Grundlagen (Physical Basics)
(Added 23 May 2019)

The Automat Group 9 manual - Bewegungslehre (Kinetics)
(Added 23 May 2019)

The Automat Parts List (in English)
(Added 23 May 2019)

A late 1950s/early 1960s Swiss brochure for Automat
(Added 25 May 2022)

A 1970 Automat brochure for the Netherlands
(Added 25 May 2022)

A 1975 Automat brochure for the USA
(Added 25 May 2022)

A leaflet for the Automat set 401
(Added 25 May 2022)

A brochure for the Automat set 3000
(Added 25 May 2022)

A 2010 Automat price list for the various component parts
(Added 25 May 2022)

Photos of some Compact Technik sets
(Added 12 May 2022)

Photos of Compact Technik components/parts
(Added 12 May 2022)