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IBM Applications - Crystal Gazing

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Still Image


Black and white. In this photograph, a technician is holding what appears to be a small sheet of glass, his reflection is present on the surface of the substance. The IBM logo can be seen in the upper left hand corner of the picture, while a collection of knobs and lights are in the upper right corner of the picture. The man is wearing a white lab coat, and has glasses and dark hair. He is also wearing gloves. On the verso reads: "COMPUTER SYSTEM TO AID LOF GLASS PRODUCTION. Toledo, Ohio. ... A computer control system is being used here by Libbey-Owens-Ford Company to further streamline the company's glass production processes. A small IBM computer, called the System/7, is supervising glass cutting operations on one of LOF's float glass lines in a Toledo plant. The small computer may ultimately be tied into a larger host computer, enabling the company to more efficiently schedule production around incoming orders. The new production control system under development will be fully implemented at LOF's soon-to-be completed plant in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Here, an LOF technicians inspects the quality of a iece of glass cut automatically under guidance of the IBM System/7 computer in the background. Contact: Melvin Berger, LOF Toledo (419) 242-5781 or T.L. Jenkins, IBM- Cleveland (216) 696-7740."


International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)

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Other number 1413


8 x 10 in.


Photographic print


Identification photograph; Publicity photograph


Computer industry--History; Electronic data processing--History; Computers--History


Courtesy of Gwen Bell

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