The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 3, 1955 · Page 23
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(A»K.) OOW-IER NEWS PAGE TWENTY-THREH While Congress Probes Automation Uncle Sam Finds Plenty of Use for It Reader'» "AM"? Because he found so many systems oi puntusuion in use, Timothy Dexter wrote a book, "A Fikel for the Knowing Ones," and omitted all points In the text, but . printed five pases of nothing but 1 punctuation marks at the end, for wish. to a** M b» might Speedy frets One of the fast presses in the U. 8. Government Printing Office prints both sides of a card 3x5, cuts and delivers them within easy mob at KM operator »t i rat* of 500,000 a day. Chlcag-'s Tallest The Board of Trade Building, in Chicago, is the tallest building In the United States outside New York City, which latter city has buildings taller Uun to* OU- go structure. Wear a ^andtg* or plew of »d- hesive tape on It to protect your thumb when grating vegetables. By DOUGLAS LARSEN ~ NBA SUK Correspondent WASHINGTON — (NBA) — While Congress probes automation U. S. agencies promote it. In the armed services and almost every U. S. office a revolution in procedures, operations and planning is going on through widespread use of electronic "brains" and automatic equipment to save labor and increase efficiency. Us« of giant computers for industrial planning, control of production and clerical work, and the use of new automatic machinery in planta and factories is called automation. Startling advances which the federal government has made in automation also come to light as the Joint Congressional Committee on the Economic Report opens a major investigation of the subject. Rep. Wright 1'atman ID-Tex.) who is heading the probe hopes to discover such things as how much unemployment in industry automation will cause, how it wiU affect mass purchasing power and if labor will share its benefits. The American Federation of Labor's government employes unions has appealed to the Department of Defense to set up a special committee to study automation's effects on federal workers. In the government automttion has had its greatest impact on all types of activities in the services and in the Pentagon., The use of workers on the Army's | artillery shell manufacturing lines-i has been cut a reported 20 per cent by new automatic transfer machinery. Electronic machines used by the Adjutant General's office now tell in a few moments exactly how many men are on leave, on sick call or in the guard hiuse. A few years ago this information would have taken months to compile and required the work of hundreds of clerks. New machines at the Army's Rock Island (HI.) Arsenal now provide a complete electronic catalog of every production machine tool the Army owns. 14 can tell in a few moments, for instance, what tools would be needed and where they are available to start up a tank production line. This is a great mobilization aid. All three services have giant electronic brains figuring out the vast and complex problems of supply and logistics. These devices tell the supply experts Just how much food, clothing and equipment a base in Germany—or all forces in Europe— will need for any period in the future. They will tell the Navy, for example, just how many spare parts' for a new model plane must be : stocked aboard a carrier or at a land ! base. | The Navy has an electronic de- ! vice at one of its big warehouses! which automatically reads every record of removed items and keeps running accounts of totals of parts and equipment which must be replaced. The latest automation gadget be-. ing perfected by the Navy is a ra- i dio-controlled fork-lift truck, with I one controller doing the loading and 1 unloading of several men. I The Air Force has an electronic | brain which will theoretically fly a ; squadron through a whole combat > mission, coming up with such fig- j ures as how many planes are shot j down, how many are damaged and i the amount of damage to the ene- I my target. The first use of electronic computers by the services was at the end of World War II for the solving of difficult research equations. Since then there has been a steady application of them for more and more practical problems. j • + * , In the civilian agencies there is almost the same varied, extensive j use of new automation equipment. | By next summer the U.S. Weather i FEDERAL CIVIL DEFENSE is utilizing automation to set up a damage assessment system. Working on it here are (left to right) Robert W. Siokley, FCDA; William S. Hoyce, Stanford Re- Bureau should be giving out more accurate forecasts than were ever possible before using its big new International Business Machine electronic computer. Bureau of Census has helped pioneer the handling and analysis of statistics with electronic machinery. Some of the business statistics reports, for example, which used to be months and .even years behind the search Institute, and H. Burke Horton, Office of Defense Mobilization. Magnetic tapes (back. .ground) would feed post-attack data to Univac, which would give answers on teletypewriter. date the information was collected now come out only weks or days later. Generally, government has lagged behind industry in applying automation to office work. But it is catching up fast. The Treasury recently revealed a group of machines which eliminates 400 clerks in the writing of its 350 million checks per year at a saving of $1,750.000 per The Bureau of Standards is working on an automated filing system which will produce letters from file drawers with the poke of a button. Federal Civil Defense is working on a new electronic brain which wlU be used as a quick wa yto summarize the extent of damage suffered after a nuclear attack. A high-speed damage assessment system using electronic computors is being designed and developed for FCDA by Stanford University. The Congressional committee investigating effects of automation will also look into Uncle Sam's devices, machines and "brains." Read Courier News Classified Ads. Peron Leaves Paraguay For Nicaragua ASUNCION, Paraguay (/P)—Juan D. Peron, deposeri president of Argentina, slipped abroad a plane at Asuncion's airport at dawn yesterday for .a sudden and unexpected flight to Nicaragua, tlie government press office announced. He was seen off by several Paraguayan officials, none of them of Cabinet rank. Informed officials said the trip was arranged at Peron's own urgent request. Last week he told newsmen ata Villarica that he might go to Nicaragua or Cuba if he were invited, but that he would return to Paraguay which he now calls his home. He is considered a good friend of President Anastaisio Somoza of Nicaragua, who was ceived when he made a to Argentina two years ago. warmly restate visit PEACEFUL BOUNDARY The international boundary between the United States and Canada is marked with monuments of various kinds and has the distinction of being the longest nonmili- tarized boundary in the world between two nations. Try a Texaco Service Station First Call Us For Your Cotton Picker and Spindle Oils We can supply You with the Finest TEXACO HEATING OIL We deliver anywhere in Mississippi County BOB LOGAN YOUR TEXACO MAN BlytheTille Phone 3-3391 Joiner Phone 2421 ... Mr. George Burchfield NEW MECHANIC AT DON EDWARDS CO. Due to serious illness, Mr. Fletcher Wilson m no longer affiliated with the Don Edward* Co. We have now secured th« services of Mr. G«orge Burchfield who id highly skilled and trained to take car* of all your office machine repaiw and **rvieing. 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