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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131624D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-11
Document File: 3 page(s) / 20K

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Software Patent Institute

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Demetrios Michalopoulos: AUTHOR [+3]


NEW APPLICATIONS & RECENT RESEARCH * Dairy Co Op finds computers almost as important as cows * Newspapers get help in automating their libraries * Computers go to Hollywood * Liberal arts college to put a terminal in every dorm

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New Applications Editor: Demetrios Michalopoulos

Calitornia State University, Fullerton

Dairy Co Op finds computers almost as important as cows

Capitol Milk Producers Cooperative, Inc., of Laurel, Maryland, reports that its growing production, wholesale/distribution, and retail interests have made its Honeywell computers practically essential. Even if raising dairy herds were its only business, the company says it would still want a computer network to help manage the operation effectively.

The cooperative's numerous on-line applications are running on a recently installed DPS 7/45 system that is backed up by a fiveyear-old Level 64 computer. Two Level 6 Model 47 small systems complete a distributed processing network.

Capitol Milk represents 166 member dairy farms located in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The cooperative owns some 330 High's Dairy retail convenience stores in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and the

District of Columbia. Members are paid for the milk they sell to Capitol, and profits are distributed on the basis of their patronage with the cooperative.

Last year, Capitol Milk bought more than 233 million pounds of milk from its members for processing into various dairy products. "In addition to the High's chain, we also sell ice cream under prBate labels to supermarkets," said Clarence Day, Capitol Milk's controller. "Without computers it would be impossible to manage our diversified $170million business effectively.''

Capitol Milk's organization is composed of three operating divisions and a control division. The data processing department supports most aspects of the business, including production accounting, corporate bookkeeping, and payroll for the cooperative's 2600 employees.

(Image Omitted: Warehouse supervisor Kenny Blickenslaff (left) and driver Larry Canby double- check a computer printout of the next High's Dairy delivery on Canby's route. A Honeywell distributed processing network enables the dairy co-op to keep accurate business records for its

166 member dairy farms and 330 retail outlets.)

Newspapers get help in automating their libraries

An on-line computer service that will allow newspapers and magazines to automate their libraries is being offered by Battelle's Software Products Center in cooperation with Digital Equipment Corporation. The service is designed to enable the publishing industry to electronically store archives of stories that have previously appeared in print.

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