HP1000 F Series - System A
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HP1000 F-series Complete Minicomputer System
This computer was installed on site at the Shell's Thornton Research Centre, from where it was disposed in early 2003 and is the twin of our first HP 1000.
This computer was installed in 1981. These computers were used to control the Engine Test Cells located in building 55 (ELMA) via a highway linked to a Honeywell TDC 2000 System. This system acted as the interface between the engine control systems and the computer. It ran on customised software based on one of the old languages and ran as a pair known as a Master and Slave arrangement with the Slave being a back up should the Master fail - which evidently it frequently did. Autosense were taken over by Schenck who now are Horiba.
The system is a HP3350 Laboratory Automation Systems and consists of:
HP 93550A I.O 48 pin switch modules
This unit has been very kindly loaned (on a permanent basis) by Jim Austin of York - see http://www.computermuseum.org.uk/
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