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A micro computer for the smaller business

A micro computer for the smaller business Technology A micro computer deskto p unit measuring 14⅜" (H) × 21⅜" (W) × for the smaller 23⅛ " (D) and weighing 45 business lbs. It features a full typew­ The new Superbrain com­ riter keyboard with numeric puter from Russell & Son pa d and user- Ltd., of London is a micro programmabl e function computer providing all the keys, a non-glare dynami­ resources of much more cally focused 12" CR T and a elaborate systems for a frac­ Universal RS-232 com­ tion of the cost. It combines munications port. the dual function of stand­ The Superbrain is ideal alone system and intelligent for all general accounting terminal and is ideal for the procedures including sales, smaller business requiring nomina l and purchase fairly standard program­ and operational for a total ledger, stock control, order offering a range of standard ming at a realistic price. entry and invoicing, name small business packages outlay in the region of and address systems etc. which should allow the £4000. Th e Superbrain is a Russell and Son will be Superbrain to be installed Enquiry 67. smart , self-contained analysis of each finished job groups of remote devices mation systems produced Use mains wiring continuously or at preset and marketed by SPIS * provide workshop loading for communications times. Interfaces to the cen­ Limited of Sheerness, Kent reports for each work centre Interphaser from Modular tral station may be audio, are designed for engineer­ or operation Technology enables stan­ serial data, keypad etc, and ing companies employing * compute material and dard electrical mains wiring may be local or remote via between 25 and 200 per­ parts requirements, relative to be used as a communica­ telephone lines plus mod­ sonnel and manufacturing to delivery time, showing tions network. Examples of ems. standard or non-standard potential shortages applications are tempera­ equipmen t mainly from As well as transmitting * compute shop loading, ture control, security access, stock parts and assemblies, data , Interphaser also relative to delivery time, alarm setting and transmis­ both bought-in and of own allows the control station to showing potential overload­ sion, periodic activation of manufacture. receive data from the line, ing lights and other electrical such as polling of tempera­ This new company has The equipment centres equipment, public address tures at remote locations, already installed its first sys­ around a Digital Equipment announcements, and the information from security tem in the works of Trepel Company PDP 11 (LSI 11) transmission of messages to sensors, and so on. (UK ) Limited, Britain's microcomputer , and in computer terminals. leading manufacturer of An important feature of standard form incorporates The system is designed hydraulic lift tables and the Interphaser system is 56 kilobyte user memory, 5 for use within a single build­ automated panel handling that certain remote devices megabyte disc storage, two ing such as an office block, equipment. The main func­ can seize 'priority' during visual display units and two hotel, hospital, airline ter­ tions of the system are to: the central station's idel printers. Cost of the system minal etc., although trans­ time, for example, to raise * provide stock control, starts at £25,000. This mission from building to alarms. stock levels being automati­ includes the supply, installa­ building via mains wiring All stations must be on cally adjusted as assemblies tion and commissioning of should be possible in most are produced the same phase of the all the equipment and full cases. mains, without transfor­ * monitor minimum stock training of the customer's personnel under practical U p to 255 devices can be mers or filters which would level s and provide working conditions, and use d with Interphaser, block signals. 'Phase jum­ 'requirements listings' for pers' will repeat the signal purchasing and manufactur­ support with their new sys­ linked to a central station which is controlled by a mic­ from phase to phase or cir­ ing. tem in their own works. rocomputer for all but the cuit to circuit. * issue worksheets, with Enquiry 69. simplest functions. The cen­ details of operations to be All Interphaser units will tral station transmits con­ carried out and hours allo­ meet IEC mains standards. trol codes over the mains cated to them Enquiry 68. circuit to turn one or any * provide 'picking lists' of combinatio n of remote materials and parts to be Computerisation of devices ON or OFF, each used device having its own field- production control * give detailed product cost­ settable code. Any number ings, including the actual for smaller of devices can be ON at the labou r and materials companies same time, and the central involved microcomputer can control Standard production infor­ * provide an efficiency 10 INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Management Emerald Publishing

A micro computer for the smaller business

Industrial Management , Volume 80 (3): 1 – Mar 1, 1980

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0007-6929
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Technology A micro computer deskto p unit measuring 14⅜" (H) × 21⅜" (W) × for the smaller 23⅛ " (D) and weighing 45 business lbs. It features a full typew­ The new Superbrain com­ riter keyboard with numeric puter from Russell & Son pa d and user- Ltd., of London is a micro programmabl e function computer providing all the keys, a non-glare dynami­ resources of much more cally focused 12" CR T and a elaborate systems for a frac­ Universal RS-232 com­ tion of the cost. It combines munications port. the dual function of stand­ The Superbrain is ideal alone system and intelligent for all general accounting terminal and is ideal for the procedures including sales, smaller business requiring nomina l and purchase fairly standard program­ and operational for a total ledger, stock control, order offering a range of standard ming at a realistic price. entry and invoicing, name small business packages outlay in the region of and address systems etc. which should allow the £4000. Th e Superbrain is a Russell and Son will be Superbrain to be installed Enquiry 67. smart , self-contained analysis of each finished job groups of remote devices mation systems produced Use mains wiring continuously or at preset and marketed by SPIS * provide workshop loading for communications times. Interfaces to the cen­ Limited of Sheerness, Kent reports for each work centre Interphaser from Modular tral station may be audio, are designed for engineer­ or operation Technology enables stan­ serial data, keypad etc, and ing companies employing * compute material and dard electrical mains wiring may be local or remote via between 25 and 200 per­ parts requirements, relative to be used as a communica­ telephone lines plus mod­ sonnel and manufacturing to delivery time, showing tions network. Examples of ems. standard or non-standard potential shortages applications are tempera­ equipmen t mainly from As well as transmitting * compute shop loading, ture control, security access, stock parts and assemblies, data , Interphaser also relative to delivery time, alarm setting and transmis­ both bought-in and of own allows the control station to showing potential overload­ sion, periodic activation of manufacture. receive data from the line, ing lights and other electrical such as polling of tempera­ This new company has The equipment centres equipment, public address tures at remote locations, already installed its first sys­ around a Digital Equipment announcements, and the information from security tem in the works of Trepel Company PDP 11 (LSI 11) transmission of messages to sensors, and so on. (UK ) Limited, Britain's microcomputer , and in computer terminals. leading manufacturer of An important feature of standard form incorporates The system is designed hydraulic lift tables and the Interphaser system is 56 kilobyte user memory, 5 for use within a single build­ automated panel handling that certain remote devices megabyte disc storage, two ing such as an office block, equipment. The main func­ can seize 'priority' during visual display units and two hotel, hospital, airline ter­ tions of the system are to: the central station's idel printers. Cost of the system minal etc., although trans­ time, for example, to raise * provide stock control, starts at £25,000. This mission from building to alarms. stock levels being automati­ includes the supply, installa­ building via mains wiring All stations must be on cally adjusted as assemblies tion and commissioning of should be possible in most are produced the same phase of the all the equipment and full cases. mains, without transfor­ * monitor minimum stock training of the customer's personnel under practical U p to 255 devices can be mers or filters which would level s and provide working conditions, and use d with Interphaser, block signals. 'Phase jum­ 'requirements listings' for pers' will repeat the signal purchasing and manufactur­ support with their new sys­ linked to a central station which is controlled by a mic­ from phase to phase or cir­ ing. tem in their own works. rocomputer for all but the cuit to circuit. * issue worksheets, with Enquiry 69. simplest functions. The cen­ details of operations to be All Interphaser units will tral station transmits con­ carried out and hours allo­ meet IEC mains standards. trol codes over the mains cated to them Enquiry 68. circuit to turn one or any * provide 'picking lists' of combinatio n of remote materials and parts to be Computerisation of devices ON or OFF, each used device having its own field- production control * give detailed product cost­ settable code. Any number ings, including the actual for smaller of devices can be ON at the labou r and materials companies same time, and the central involved microcomputer can control Standard production infor­ * provide an efficiency 10 INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT

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Industrial ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 1980

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