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The missing INPUT-CAPS are replaced with pieces of colored insulation pipes.

Have a Look at the WORKSHOP (B):   MELITTA_IV/16 + VI/16

T E C H N I C A L   D A T A  of the  Mechanical Calculator   MELITTA VII/16

Serial Number:       98528

Dimensions:   (ca.)  Width   =  12 " /  30 cm
                     Depth   =   6 " /  15 cm
                     Height  =   6 " /  15 cm

Weight:       (ca.)  10_1/2 lbs  /  4.8 kg

Mechanics:           Pin-Wheel / Sprossenrad
                     10s Carry Mechanism

Functions:           Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide
                     Back-Transfer / Rueckuebertragung

Registers:           Input       =  10 Decimals
                     Counter     =   8 Decimals
                     Arithmetic  =  16 Decimals
                     VEB ERNST-THAELMANN-WERK WERK
                     Suhl / Thueringen
                     ( GDR ) Germany

H O W   T O   U S E   the  MELITTA  VII/16


(a) Crank:
For addition (+) the crank is turned clockwise; for subtraction (-) the
crank is turned counter-clockwise. In the idle position the crank is DOWN
& LOCKED. To make one or more turns with the crank, pull out the handle to
unlock. When finished the turn(s), let the handle snap into lock again. The
locked down position only makes other functions (ex. clearing) accessible.

REMARK:      Every started turn has to be finished completely!
             Accidentally started turns are correctible somehow.

(b) Shifting the Carriage:
With the ARROW KEYS the carriage will move one step to the LEFT or RIGHT.
Pushing the BLACK KNOB on front allow the carriage to be moved by hand
continuously right or left.

The left position "1" is the "Start Position" of the carriage. 

(c) Clear Input:
Moving the BLACK HORIZONTAL LEVER up will reset the input to 0000000000.

(d) Clear Counter and Arithmetic Units:
Unusual: CLEARING needs TWO(2)TURNS of the carriage's crank. Moving the
build-in lever in the crank's shaft (= CLEAR-SELECT-LEVER ) allow 3 axial
positions: In the far left position only the counter unit will be cleared.
In the middle position counter & arithmetic units will be cleared. In the
far right position only the arithmetic unit will be cleared.

(e) Counting Direction:
The counting direction (+/-) will be set by shifting the lever behind 
the crank's base: The actual state of shifting left (-) or right (+)
is displayed on top behind a round window in RED or BLACK. In case of (+)
(= BLACK) the counter & arithmetic unit are working in the same direction;
in case of (-) (= RED) both are working opposite. In both cases the counter
is working with 10s-carry - and allows "Shortened Method of Multiplication".

(f) Back Transfer:
For continuous multiplication the contents of the arithmetic unit
can be back transfered into the input register with this procedure:
Clear input unit. Set CLEAR-SELECT-LEVER to the right. Shift and hold (*)
the BLACK LEVER, RIGHT under the arithmetic unit and turn the crank on
the carriage until the transfer is completed and the crank snaps in its
rest. Release the BLACK LEVER.

Example:     123 + 45 - 6  =  162

Clear input, counter and arithmetic units; set carriage to position 1.

ADD: Enter the first number (123) in the far right of the input unit.
Make a positive (clockwise) turn with the crank to transfer the number
into arithmetic unit. The counting unit displays the figure 1. Enter the
second number (45). Make a positive (clockwise) turn with the crank to
add the number. The arithmetic unit displays the intermediate sum (168)
and the counting unit displays the figure 2.

SUBTRACT: Enter the third number (6). Make a negative (counter-clockwise)
turn with the crank. The arithmetic unit displays the result (162) and
the counting unit is decreased by 1.

REMARK:      NEGATIVE RESULTS are displayed in the arithmetic unit
             as the COMPLEMENT of the next higher 10, 100, 1000, ...

             Example:   -12  =  99...9988

Example:     123 x 45  =  5535

Clear input, counter & arithmetic units.

Enter the multiplicand (123) in the far right of the input unit. The
multiplicator (45) has two digits, so the carriage is shifted to
position 2. Make positive (clockwise) turns with the crank, until the
first figure of the multiplicator (4) will appear in the 2nd position of
the counter unit. Shift the carriage to position 1. Repeat making positive
turns with the crank, until the second figure of the multiplicator (5)
appears in the 1st position of the counter unit. The multiplication is
done: The multiplicand (123) stays in the input unit, the multiplicator
(45) in the counter and the result (5535) is in the arithmetic unit.

Example:     22 : 7  =  3.1428571  Remainder 3

Clear input, counter & arithmetic units.

Division requires 3 steps:

(A) To Set the Divisor into Input Unit:
    Enter the DIVISOR (7) in the far right of the input unit.

(B) To Set the Dividend into Arithmetic Unit:
    For the maximum number of decimals, pull out the carriage to the far
    right. Set the DIVIDENT (22) into the arithmetic unit with the
    affiliated toothed wheels appropriately under the divisor.

(C) To Divide:
    Set the counting direction to (-). Make negative (counter-clockwise)
    turns with the crank until the arithmetic unit shows an "underflow".
    Make one positive (clockwise) turn with the crank. Move the carriage
    to the next left position. Repeat this procedure until the required
    number of decimals ...

    The result (3.1428571) is in the counter unit, and the remainder (3)
    is in the arithmetic unit. The divisor (7) stays in the input unit,
    therefore an additional decimal can be estimated...
    ( 4, cause 4 x 7 = 28).

R E M A R K S   T O   R E S T O R A T I O N :
The calculator came blocked. Some INPUT-LEVERS where bent inside, because
its sheet-metals are much too soft! The CLEARING-CRANK was wrong mounted:
It interfered with the MAIN-CRANK's movement! Solution: Disassembling the
right side of the carriage and correct the axles position.  ( ATTENTION:
Do not lost MINI-SPHERE & MINI-SPRING of the CLEARING-CRANK !)  Another
spring (see picture right) was bent and not in contact with the latch -
with effect of randomly BLOCKING CLEARING- and BACK-TRANSFER-Procedures.
Because I saw no purpose at all,  M Y   S O L U T I O N :  REMOVING LATCH
& SPRING and no consequences where discovered  - BUT! -  A BROKEN EDGE is
to see [>>>], indication, that something was there what made sense of ...
(*)  G u e s s:  Locking the Back-Transfer-Lever in its active position.


R E M A R K   T O   » MELITTA «  - D E S I G N :
Was the "Main-Idea" of the newer MELITTA-Design to have a "Linear" Input ?
The »Original Odhner« set figures direct on the PinWeel with its (smaller)
radius. This  »MELITTA«  use a primary INPUT SEGMENT with a bigger radius:
It gears the PinWheel secondary over the INPUT-DISPLAY-WHEEL.  Because the
SHEET-SEGMENTS are easy bentable,  this design seems  ERROR-PRONE:  I have
restored  Models VI & VII - Both came miss-adjusted or blocked due to this
© C.HAMANN       02/08/18