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.
Began shipping "M-101" high-speed dot-matrix printer to CENTRONICS, USA.
|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).|
Began manufacture of ZZ3-B820 "Opus 8" domestic zigzag sewing machine (the industry's first computerized sewing machine).
Began manufacture of JP15 "EM-1" electronic office typewriter.
|1983||Began manufacture of ZZ2-B850 "COMPAL α" domestic sewing machine with sound.|
- Stands for Numerical Control, a program control system using numerical signals