Computer Exercising Machine - IBM, 1960s Object Reg. No: ST 043750

IBM "computer exercising machine" for diagnosis of malfunctions, with templates for various machines, 1960s.

This computer exercising machine enabled a technician, if there was a problem, to "single-step" through a long program, observing the correct steps and pouncing on the incorrect computer response to identify the problem. Alternatively, it could single-step through test programs.
Grey rectangular metal box on four rubber feet. The front is whitish with a series of swoiches and a battery of monitoring lights. At the back is a pocket containing number of templates, which can be fitted over the battery of lights. The top of the box has a carrying handle and an aerial type rod, which can be pushed down and returns to position when released. At the rear is a heavy cable with a large connector.

The machine is accompanied by a Parts Catalogue, two Unpacking Instruction Sheets, and documentation on the I/O Tester.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from IBM Australia Pty Ltd, 1996
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 345 mm (Height), 343 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: computers
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: computer systems
Inscriptions: Switchboard: START STOP RESET LAMP TEST OFF DATA ENTRY P O 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Manufacturer: International Business Machines (IBM), United States of America, 1950-1959

Manufacturer & Designer.

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