Six Ss – Systems

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 Xerox660 1972 – While at Sweda and Xerox we were taught that we sold ‘systems’ not ‘machines’, and when I joined Hugin it became my role to develop new systems for all sorts of applications – local authorities, garages, dry-cleaners…
 HuginEcrs  1972-75 – This pretty unedifying document was to change my life radically – note it was prepared using ‘Letraset’ for that cover data. This had to be painstakingly rubbed on to create what at the time looked cool, but looking at it now it was a pretty naff end-product.  But inside was a detailed look at where cash registers would and should go next.
 HuginRaven Its publication regularly led me off to Sweden where I helped to define the next generation of electronic cash registers, the Hugin 100 and 300.  I was part of the advisory team that defined the bar codes we have on all our products today and it had me working with the very first microprocessors (Intel’s 4004, 8008 and 8080), burning ROMs and working in machine code/hexadecimal.With Hugin I worked out of Bristol, then Birmingham and finally London.  I spent the best part of a year living in a hotel on the Cromwell Road in West London until we managed to move to Byfleet in Surrey.
senelco 1975-78 – For a few years I wandered away from micros per se.  With Senelco I marketed a range of anti-shoplifting systems.  Senelco was intriguing. Generally it was used for tagging garments but on one occasion we slipped a tag into a charity collection box on Oxford Street and caught three people in one day!
 KeymedKit Then with KeyMed I set up an industrial division to inspect airframe, gas turbines, castings etc. KeyMed was magic as I obtained a government research grant to travel all over Europe, the States and the Middle East looking into things – aero engines and airframe, gun barrels and shell casings, from cylinder blocks to covert surveillance, oil rigs to nuclear power stations… even a turtle skull millions of years old!This latter role saw us move across London into South Benfleet, Essex.

 

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