Type 80 Card Sorter

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Date Introduced
1925
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
48 x 52 x 17 in.
Manufacturer
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Location
United States
Keywords
Unit record equipment
Object ID
102631026

Sorting data into either numerical or alphabetic order is one of the most basic office automation tasks. The Type 80 sorted by reading the punches in one column of a card, then routing that card to the corresponding output bin. Sorting by multi-digit numbers or names required multiple passes. This sorter was one of IBM's most widely used punched card equipment in the pre-computing era. In 1943, there were over 10,000 units on lease.