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Name: Philips; Eindhoven (tubes international!); Netherlands    (NL)    
Abbreviation: philips  
Products: tubes model-types  
Summary: Philips with radios and "brown goods" developed into the biggest company in Europe. Only Philips could compete with the Japanese companies.

(Translated from the Original Manufacturer page with the help of Google Translate)

N.V. Philips' Gloeilampenfabrieken

On 5/15/1891 Frederik Philips and his son, Dr. Gerard LF with 75,000 guilders started a light bulb factory in Eindhoven. By 1894 Philips already employed 35 staff and the younger son, Dr. Anton F. Phillips, joins the company as commercial director. Philips in 1903 is the fourth largest bulb factory in Europe. In 1912 the name is slightly changed.

At the request of Dr. Idzerda Philips began in 1917 to produce tubes (valves). In May 1918, it provides its own IDZ (IDEEZET) before. Further developments are listed in Chapter tube over tubes. Gerard Philips in 1922 retires from active business life. The company employs 6,000 staff.

Anton takes over the company alone and will expand the production area and articles on X-1927 on radio. This production can plan that in 1924, with the staff of the newly established laboratory, after considering all aspects of the radio industry are the result of producing all the components for the receiver itself [282]. As the IBM Personal Computer, Philips is concerned only with new markets if they appear ripe for a lasting breakthrough and directs it using the corresponding new technology. In radio, this corresponds to the network device with one-button operation. At Philips, Gilles Holst and BDH Tellegen develop the important pentode NL Pat 14:12:26, U.S. Patent Application 25/11/27 1.94504 million as of 30/01/34.

1930 Philips developed a popular receiver and sells it in 1931 on the Prague market test as a kit and as a finished appliance. The kit comes with a guide book of 96 pages! The apparatus, a battery-powered 3-tube two-circuit system with honeycomb-plug coils, to build with the attached pliers and a screwdriver. The test is negative, the company maintains high-quality devices [638 434]. Until August 1932, the company has one million radio receivers produced [282].

With good technical developments, good marketing and decentralized manufacturing developed the Philips home to the largest radio manufacturer in the world. The company sells to 1934 100 million radio valves [156-122], and employs approximately 30,000 employees worldwide in 1935 [513 506]. 1942 founded the North American Philips Philips Inc. (Norelco) on the American market and is shortly after the end of the war there, the Canadian Radio Corp.. Ltd.., The manufacturer take the Rogers-Majestic-tubes. In about 1955, Philips also bought the Amperex Electronic Products Inc. in New York, which produces mainly commercial tubes.

1987, the company manufactures 32% of televisions sold in Europe, followed by the French Thomson group (22%) and Finland's Nokia AG (14% market share, including Salora and Luxor, Sweden). If Nokia are following the sale of consumer goods division of Standard Electric Lorenz AG (SEL) landed by the Alcatel brand ITT, Graetz, etc.. Philips is probably the only group that the Japanese in new developments in the field of consumer electronics have to be taken seriously. However, Philips is in the U.S. are only available at the CES 1988 consumer electronics devices under its own brand, using previously acquired the trademarks of Magnavox, Sylvania and Philco [608 815].

Philips Model Numbering

Until 1931, Philips called its radio products - except the receiver tubes - with four-digit numbers:
1000 - 1700 rectifier
1701 - 1800 Gas-filled rectifier tubes
1801 - 1900 High-Vacuum Rectifier Tubes
1901 - 2000 iron hydrogen resistance (Barretter)
2001 - 2400 Speakers
2401 - 2700 Recipient
2701 - 2800 amps
2901 - 3000 Turntable
3001 - 3100 net anodes
3101 - 3200 tropical version of turntables
3201 - 3300 tropical version of amplifiers
3301 - 3400 amps
3401 - 3500 tropical version of amplifiers (3301 ..), etc.

From 1931/32 - 1945, starting with the number of super-Inductance (first device 730A, 720A, 770A as a 3-Kreiser), called Philips radios

three-digit numbers, which are followed by (usually) a letter:

A = AC
B = battery
C = DC power
U = Universal supply
The letter is not always present.

Comes from the manufacture of the apparatus of another country is to advance the work of its abbreviation.

The first digit indicates the number of circles, as the difference of the number 10, the first super (super-522A Oktoden, 1934/35) received the "circle number» 5 The super-Inductance device and the first super Philips found in radio history [63] No. 50 detailed description.

In 1946 they started a new identification system;
Country of manufacture and development are now clearly visible:

First letter: Device
B = Table mains powered model,
C = table-top model, battery-operated
D = reserve
F = radio-phonograph combination (floor model)
H = Hi-fi sets (table model phonograph)
L = portable device
N = Car Radio
P = portable car radio
R = a portable radio with recorder
S = special items, such as clock radio
T = TV receiver

Second letter: Development Location - not always identical to the manufacturing country!
A = Austria / Austria
B = Belgium / Belgium - or X (Philips Leuven)
CH = Switzerland / Switzerland
D = Germany / Germany
DK = Denmark / Denmark
E = Spain / Spain
F = France / France
G = Great Britain (UK)
I = Italy / Italy
IF = Ireland / Ireland
IN = Indonesia / Indonesia
N = Norway / Norway
R = Brazil / Brazil
S = Sweden / Sweden
SF = Finland / Finland
W = USA (Norelco)
ZA = South Africa / South Africa
X = Holland / Netherlands (E-number, number PL-Philips Leuven, Belgium)

First number: Price range = 0-9 with rising prices
Second digit: Last digit of manufacturing year

Between 1956-65, the first digit moves between
the first two letters!

Third digit: unique number (so not the same old number)

Additional letters:
A = AC
B = battery
U = Universal supply
T = transistor Equipped
V = accumulator with vibrator (vibrator)
X = AC or DC with vibrator
Z = battery / mains
AB = AC / battery
AU = "Prepared for inverters", or "inverter".

1966 the system experiences an enlargement and corresponds to the 12 digits code for all group products.

The model number consists of:

2 digits, 2 letters, 3 digits / 2 digits, 1 letter; (ZZBBZZZ / ZZB).
The first Letter is the decade of manufacture:

R = 1966 - 1975
A = 1976 - 1985
D = 1986 - 1995 (... followed by I and O = RADIO)

The second Letter indicates the type of device as described above.
The 3rd Figure shows again the price range.
The 4th Figure denotes the last digit of the manufacturing year..


This article was edited 18.Jul.12 09:13 by Michael Watterson .