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International Systems Control

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of East Lane, Wembley

Part of GEC

1961 GEC formed a JV with Thompson Ramo Wooldridge to market Thompson's industrial process control systems in the UK; Thompson would contribute experience of applying industrial process control in industry; the new company would be called International Systems Control[1]

1964 received an order from Kellogg International for a TRW-330 computer control system for the Wilton plant being built for ICI [2]

1965 Shell ordered a process control system from the company for its new Teesport refinery[3]

The ISC computer controllers were manufactured in Coventry but in 1965 Bunker Ramo formed a link with General Electric of USA, so GEC organised an alternative source of process computers reportedly from Scientific Data Systems (S.D.S.) of California[4]

1965 GEC acquired its partner's interest in International Systems Control. I.S.C. entered into an agreement with Scientific Data Systems of USA and Compagnie Europeene d'Automatisme Electronique of France for the joint development, manufacture and marketing of computers worldwide[5]

1965 Introduced the Model 2 digital computer providing on-line information as well as process control facilities; this was the smallest of 7 computers in the company's range[6]

1967 GEC made S.D.S. computers for about a year before selling its process computer operations to Elliott Automation[7]

Series 90 computers

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 27, 1961
  2. The Times Aug. 31, 1964
  3. The Times May 10, 1965
  4. The Times May 18, 1965
  5. The Times June 2, 1965
  6. The Times Dec. 1, 1965
  7. The Times Feb. 22, 1967