Not every minicomputer company was created by engineers jumping ship. A marketing executive and a salesman from Honeywell founded General Automation.
GA’s first machine, the 8-bit SPC-12 “Automation Computer,” debuted in 1968 for real-time data collection and control. Like other minicomputer manufacturers, GA soon moved to more powerful 16-bit designs.
The GA 18/30 could handle analog and digital inputs and outputs, control relays, read temperature sensors, etc.View Artifact Detail
Handling Physics Data
Data from high energy physics experiments can come from many places at once. The Central Bureau for Nuclear Measurements in Belgium used not one but four General Automation 18/30 minicomputers to capture information from sensors, and a fifth to send it all to an IBM mainframe for processing.
This physics lab used minicomputers to measure neutrons emitted from a target bombarded by high energy particles.View Artifact Detail