Early Microprocessors in Industrial Microcomputers
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Wed Mar 9 15:45:45 CST 2016
On 03/09/2016 11:49 AM, Jon Elson wrote:
> On 03/09/2016 09:28 AM, william degnan wrote:
>> Not a lot is said about early use of microprocessors in industrial
>> microcomputers. Everything you read about is so home computing
>> but I believe actual sales would have been greater in the industrial
>> I compiled a quick thread on my site about the earliest use of
>> microprocessors in industrial microcomputers on my web site with
>> links to a
>> related article from EDN Microprocessor Design Series Volume II and
>> of Process Computer Systems product brochures. PCS was a pioneer in
>> industrial micro-computing.
>> If anyone has info to share / correct please let me know and I will
>> add to
>> the thread.
> Allen-Bradley had a 16-bit mini they called the 7300 Industrial
> Processor. They sold a lot of them in their 7320 (and 7340, 7360) CNC
> machine tool controls. (I have one here.) See :
> The row of red LEDs at the bottom of the pic is the front panel of the
> 7300 CPU. They had an industrial control bus that allowed you to
> connect a wide variety of interface boards, like encoder counters,
> DACs, digital inputs and outputs, etc. It used battery-backed DRAM,
> and was made around 1978.
I used to work at a glass plant back in the late 90's like 98-99 and
they used an Apple II to cut out as many peaces and or shapes out of 4X8
piece of glass it was a cool program they would just tell the Apple II,
how many peaces they needed what shapes oval, Square, Rectangle ETC. .
. it would calculate it out and cut as much of the order it could with
each slab of glass and add as many that could mathematically fit in the
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