Place of manufacture for DEC equipment?

Rod Smallwood rodsmallwood52 at
Tue May 5 00:26:39 CDT 2015

I can remember visiting two plants when they were in full production

Westfield MA: made LA-36's (30cps printing terminal) .
They were tested in large rooms.
A flag on short tube was attached to the carriage and all of the 
terminals driven from the same source.
If a carriage stopped moving you could see it clearly. It ment a failure 
or out of paper.
A golf cart carrying paper, replacement boards and printing units drove 
around  fixing failures and supplying paper.

Galway:  was a systems FA and T plant All of the parts came in on 
chartered cargo planes
   then they were assembed to suit the customers order.
The vast majority of the staff were hired and trained locally. They were 
pretty good too.
However once they managed to get a quad board into a system with two 
sets of fingers in one backplane row
and two in the next row down.

Rod Smallwood

On 04/05/2015 18:29, Jason T wrote:
> On Fri, May 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM, Don North <north at> wrote:
>> Many of the PDP-11s in the 70s/80s were built in the DEC plants in Puerto Rico (Aguadilla
>> and San German). DEC ran their own charter aircraft between Worcester and Puerto Rico
> As a fun aside, one of the PR plants, as well a PDP-8e and some board
> assembly, has a brief cameo in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 short
> "Progress Island USA."  I've cued up the scene at the time marker
> here:
> Although I've seen that short a dozen times, it was only just now that
> I noticed the Perkin-Elmer building, too.
> Don - what was the deal with the UFO parked out front?
> -j

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