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Brother Group History

1970s Developing a High-speed Dot-matrix Printer and Promoting Electronization

While popularization of personal computers accelerated computerization, Brother co-developed a high-speed dot-matrix printer for small-size computers with Centronics Data Computer Corp. in the United States in 1971. Later, Brother worked on developing its own in-house electronic control technology and print heads. These technologies were subsequently applied to fax machines and printers. In the 1970s, electronization of various industrial products progressed, and Brother also pursued the incorporation of electronic technologies in its existing products, including sewing machines and typewriters.

Chronology

1971

Began shipping "M-101" high-speed dot-matrix printer to CENTRONICS, USA.

High-speed dot-matrix printer M-101High-speed dot-matrix printer M-101

1972 Release of "M-101" high-speed dot-matrix printer in Japan (electronic control units supplied by CENTRONICS).
1974 Completed the 1st model of NC* sewing machine (The industry's first NC control straight-stitch sewing machine).
1979

Began manufacture of ZZ3-B820 "Opus 8" domestic zigzag sewing machine (the industry's first computerized sewing machine).

Domestic zigzag sewing machine ZZ3-B820 "Opus 8"Domestic zigzag sewing machine
ZZ3-B820 "Opus 8"

1980

Began manufacture of JP15 "EM-1" electronic office typewriter.

Electronic office typewriter EM-1Electronic office typewriter
EM-1

1983 Began manufacture of ZZ2-B850 "COMPAL α" domestic sewing machine with sound.
  • Stands for Numerical Control, a program control system using numerical signals

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