Film: 8769

Industry + Work | 1960 | Sound | Colour + B/W


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Electronic Computers improve management control

Cartoon film: a board room meeting. The president is highlighted in orange, he has a card with the figure $75,000 written on him. A sales manager is highlighted in blue. The production manager is highlighted in red and he has the figure $75,000 in front of him. Cartoon drawing of an order form and of the February calendar . The order is mailed to the plant on February 4. A letter envelope. The letter is opened on February 8 and goes through a credit check. The order is typed in the Sales Department on February 13. The order is checked for accuracy, a mistake was found and it went back to the sales department. The time is showing passing on a clock. The order is received on February 15 at the production control. The inventory status is checked, there is not enough stock to fill the order. The order is passed on to the production schedule group on February 19. The production is rushed for March 1 and production plans were revised in order to meet the March 15 delivery date. The supply of raw materials is checked on February 21 and there are not enough materials in stock to fulfil the order. More raw materials are ordered, typed and verified on February 22. Waiting for the raw materials, a train transports them. Raw materials arrive March 5 and production begins. Production is completed March 19. March 22 furniture from furniture production factory is ready for shipment (6 days too late). The customer cancels the order. The furniture goes to the warehouse. Paper work. Production workers. The chief accountant's office shows $150,000 in stock, had to cut price to get rid of it, a loss of $50,000. More furniture in production. Questions in the board room meeting. Office clerks. A computer. The cartoon audience watches a film about electronic data processing. The film shows: A computer room of the 50's or early 60's with a single computer operator. Close up of the computer operator sitting at his desk and computer console. Close up of the computer console. A woman sits at a computer. Another woman uses an electronic computing machine. Close up of the computing equipment. Another view of the computer equipment working without human intervention. Close up of a female hand changing the settings on the computer. View of the computers memory room. Close up of the memory tapes that store the files of the business. Close up of the high speed memory "boxes" . Another close up of the large memory tapes. A computer technician monitors the memory files. Close up of the memory files on tape. Views of several computers. Close up of the magnetic core. Another view of the computer. Computer printouts, coming out of the printer. View of the printer, a woman examines the printouts. Electronic typist (word processing in the early days). Data processing room, with only two people working there. A data processing developing laboratory with a technician. A man examines papers on his desk. Another man writes on a piece of paper. A computer operator is operating the computer. Close up of the control panel. A tape librarian changes computer tapes. Data recording personnel type in data. Memory tape. Overall view of the computer. Computer instructs machines in the production line. View of the room containing the memory tapes. End of film restart of cartoon film. A computer has a large funnel where large amounts of data go through . The typists type and information is recorded on punched paper. The punched paper is transferred to magnetic tape. A written order is stored on about one inch of tape. The magnetic tape becomes a file. Information that normally is contained in several filling cabinets is now stored on one reel of tape which permits faster reference. The computer performs posting, checking, analysing, scheduling, summarising, receiving, inventories, purchasing, etc. The computer works more efficiently than numerous clerks. A high speed reader translates this machine language into human written language such a invoices, delivery orders etc. Computers can present to management essential data for more efficient control such as warnings that there is not enough materials to fulfil an order. Revised sales forecasts can be done by the computer which allows management to adjust production. A computer is faster than any number of clerks. A Factory or a company. A map of the U.S.A. showing sales of the company. The computer is fed data. The customers records are found in the memory files and processing machine clerks do the credit rating followed by the inventory files and if there is enough furniture it will automatically order shipment from the warehouse. The computer can also notify management to increase production. Raw materials are also checked automatically and if there are not enough the computer will produce a purchase order. Computer saved 20 days in delivering an order, $75,000 saved. The company. Map of North and South America. The consumer pays less prices. Customer is assured of early delivery. Salesmen will have better customer relationships. Employee will be engaged in more supervisory work. The controller will always have up to the minute financial reports. Managers have fewer crisis.

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