AB 7320 was: Re: What's the rarest or most unusual computer-related item do you own?
elson at pico-systems.com
Wed Jan 11 23:37:01 CST 2017
On 01/11/2017 11:11 PM, Bob Rosenbloom wrote:
> On 1/11/2017 8:45 PM, Jon Elson wrote:
>> I also have an Allen-Bradley 7320, a CNC machine tool
>> control. The heart of it is a 7300 "industrial
>> processor" 16-bit minicomputer. I used it for a year or
>> so to run a retrofitted Bridgeport milling machine, but
>> got tired of it breaking down, which it did fairly
>> often. Once I got EMC from NIST running, the A-B was
>> turned off for good.
> I have one of the AB processor units from a 7320 system.
> The 3264 Industrial Processor. I have spare boards and
> front panels also.
> Was there ever any general purpose software available for
> it? BASIC, FORTRAN, assembler/editor/linker stuff? It
> would be fun to
> get it running if there was something fun it could be used
I quite doubt it. I suspect it was also used in places
where today you'd use a PLC, controlling various industrial
processes. It has a board that interfaces to I/O racks that
can take 8 I/O modules, and you can have several of these
racks per interface. I have digital inputs and outputs,
encoder counters and D/A converters, but I think there were
a bunch of different types of modules available.
I would GUESS they did software development on some general
purpose computer, but really have no idea. Their mini
certainly COULD have had assemblers, linkers and such for
in-house use. Maybe the industrial control guys used
software like that to set up the processes.
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