Artifact Details

Title

The First Commercial Computer Application at General Electric

Catalog Number

500001029

Type

Text

Date

06-2016

Contributor

Grad, Burt, author

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Extent

6 p.

Format

PDF

Description

Burt Grad describes his experience designing and programming a manufacturing control system in 1954 for the Dishwasher and Disposer Department of General Electric’s Appliance Park Plant in Louisville, Kentucky. He talks about why GE bought a Univac I computer and the difficulties of programming and debugging this earliest commercial computer. The manufacturing control application was probably the first commercial program to run on an American corporate computer.

Subject

GE Appliance Park; General Electric (GE); IBM 702 (Computer); Manufacturing Control; UNIVAC I

Credit

Courtesy of Burt Grad

Lot Number

R0364.2017