The First Commercial Computer Application at General Electric
Grad, Burt, author
Computer History Museum
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.
GE Appliance Park; General Electric (GE); IBM 702 (Computer); Manufacturing Control; UNIVAC I