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From Textiles to Computers

Mulby M computer

The modular Mulby M was marketed both to system integrators and end users. Krantz bundled engineering and consulting services with the hardware. Mulbys were used for word processing, factory and building automation, machine tool control and information display systems.

From Textiles to Computers

Krantz began more than a century ago in Germany as a manufacturer of textile equipment. It founded the Krantz Elektronik subsidiary in 1968 to make computer systems for automating manufacturing plants and monitoring buildings. U.S. minicomputer maker Varian acquired the company in 1976.

Frankfurt Airport information sign

In cooperation with the Autophon company, Krantz developed information display systems for airports, train stations and stock markets. The Frankfurt airport, one of the world’s busiest, used Krantz Mulby computers in 1979.

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Krantz Elektronik manufacturing

Krantz outsourced most of its manufacturing. By focusing on test and assembly, a small staff could produce a high volume of machines. Electrical, environmental and software tests were run before each computer was shipped.

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