Dextralog selector box

Made:
1975 in Blackburn

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Selector box which was attached to textile looms enabling the Dextralog software programme to run. Photographed on a
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Selector box which was attached to textile looms enabling the Dextralog software programme to run. Photographed on a
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Selector box which was attached to textile looms enabling the Dextralog software programme to run. Photographed on a
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Programme selector box made by Dextralog, around 1975, attached to textile looms by sensor leads.

In the early 1970s, the Dextralog system solved a problem facing the Lancashire textiles industry. It sparked a revolution in how we use computers to make decisions. Dextralog used early computer technology to gather real-time data about how a weaving mill’s looms were performing. If a loom stopped, Dextralog pinpointed where, when and why. Now workers and managers had instant access to information that could drive better decisions and higher production and profits.

Setting standards in machine monitoring, Dextralog showed computers could transform data gathering and decision making.

This selector box attached to a loom with sensors. If the loom stopped, the weaver could log the reason why by pressing a button.

Details

Category:
Textile Industry
Object Number:
2016-2003.2
type:
selector box
credit:
Gift of Mr David Wood
status:
Permanent collection

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