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DEC PDP-8/m ECRM Autoreader OCR Scanner, S/N 0429

This OCR capable Model 5902 document scanner was made by ECRM in Bedford, MA in 1977. The scanner is capable of interpreting proofreader's markup and doing OCR at a rate of 500 WPM. It it has a DEC PDP-8/m at it's core that was made in Westminster, Massachusetts. ECRM advertisements from the mid 70s show this scanner selling for $37,500, which is $186,196.25 in today's money.

The paper tape reader that is above the PDP-8/m was manufactured by Comtec in Cumberland, RI. Comtec was bought by Zebra Technologies.

We received the manuals and documentation for the scanner, and the software on paper tape. We have permission from ECRM to scan and post the documentation here.

This scanner included a Data Systems Design 210 dual 8" floppy diskette subsystem. We don't know if that was originally part of this scanner, but we did find adds from ECRM that show the DSD floppies installed above the PDP-8/m.

It looks like the scanner might have originally shipped with a PDP-8/e processor. The PDP-8/m is the same as the 8/e, but can only hold half as many Omnibus boards.

Boards in the PDP-8/m
 Slot P/N Description
 1  Front Panel
 2
 6421 
 3  EMPTY
 4  EMPTY
 5 M8330-YB Timing Board
 6 5018-B Interrupt Mask Board
 7 5017-D Video Reference
 8 5365 P1 Video Store
 9 5948 Multiple I/O Board, Paper Tape Reader/Punch, Serial Console
 10 5005 P20 
 11 ? DSD-210 Floppy Controller
 12 M8320 Omnibus Loads
 13 M8310 Major Register Control
 14 M8300 Major Registers
 15
 16
 ? Keronix 16k Core Memory
 17
 18
 19
 ? DataRam 16k Core Memory
 20 M849 RFI Shield

Paper Tape Software
 Source P/N Date Description
 ECRM LS9220(E) 1-SEPT-76 5200 All American Beehive/Autoterm Autosystem
 ECRM LS9325(A) 11-APR-75 Autoprep: 5052-G1-FC for Graphic Systems I, French
 ECRM LS9406(E) 23-JULY-75 Autoprep: 5052-A2-EE for 20k Basic Prep, English Courier 12 2x
 ECRM LS9700(G) 6-OCT-76 Beehive/Autoterm DPG (5000) Dictionary Generator Program
 ECRM Copy 6-OCT-76 Beehive/Autoterm DPG (5000) Dictionary Generator Program
 ECRM LS9701(A) 27-MAR-75 Extended Basic Edit
 ECRM LS9705(C) 8-OCT-76 Beehive/Autoterm 5000 Patcher
 ECRM LS9706(C) 8-OCT-76 Beehive/Autoterm 5000 BTCON
 ECRM LS9711(B) 7-OCT-76 Typu-5000 Beehive/Autoterm Typeset Utility
 ECRM LS9754(A) 2-MAR-78 RX01 Floppy Disk Bootstrap for OS/8 on the 5000 2x
 ECRM TS9800(B) 9-OCT-75     5365 Board (Video Store) Diag 2x
 ECRM TS9801(B) 9-OCT-75 5018 Board (Interrupt mask) Diag
 ECRM TS9803(B) 9-OCT-75 ECRM Display Diagnostic
 ECRM TS9802(C) 9-OCT-75 ECRM Keyboard Diagnostic
 ECRM TS9804(A) 9-OCT-75 5570/5549 Paper Tape Reader Diag 2x
 ECRM TS9805(C) 9-OCT-75 5570 Board Parallel Punch Diag 2x
 ECRM TS9806(A) 9-OCT-75 5017 Board (Video Reference) Diag 2x
 ECRM TS9807(A) 9-OCT-75 5342 Board (Stok Search) Diag 2x
 ECRM TS9808(A) 9-OCT-75 5307, 5308 Boards (Box & Erase) Diagnostic 2x
 ECRM TS9809(L) 9-OCT-75 5005 (Serial Interface) Universal Diagnostic 2x
 ECRM TS9810(A) 9-OCT-75 5005 Serial Punch Diag 2x
 ECRM TS9811(A) 9-OCT-75 Beehive Terminal Diagnostic 2x
 ECRM TS9813(A) 20-JAN-76 5000 Series Panel Switches Diag 2x
 ECRM TS9814(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation 8E Adder Tests
 ECRM TS9815(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation Random "AND" Test
 ECRM TS9816(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation PDP-8 Ext. Memory Data and Checkerboard 1
 ECRM TS9817(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation PDP-8 Ext. Memory Data and Checkerboard 2
 ECRM TS9818(A) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation PDP-8 Memory Extension and Time Share
 ECRM TS9819(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation PDP-8E Instruction Test 1
 ECRM TS9820(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation PDP-8E Instruction Test 2
 ECRM TS9821(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation Random "TAD" Test
 ECRM TS9822(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation Random "ISZ" Test
 ECRM TS9823(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation Random "DCA" Test
 ECRM TS9824(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation Random "JMP" Test
 ECRM TS9825(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation Basic "JMP-JMS" Test
 ECRM TS9826(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation Random "JMP-JMS" Test
 ECRM TS9827(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation MM8E 4K Memory Checkerboard
 ECRM TS9828(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation Memory Address Test
 ECRM TS9829(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation PDP-8E Extended Memory Address
 ECRM TS9830(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation RX8/RX01 Diagnostic Program
 ECRM TS9831(B) 22-FEB-77 Autoterm Simulation RX8/RX01 Data Reliability Exerciser
 ECRM   Got Symb PA
 ECRM   Extended Symbols PA
 ECRM   Extended Symbol Table
    
 DEC DEC-08-AFA2  FORTRAN Symbol Print Binary
 Use with 08-AFC1-PB Compiler
 DEC DEC-08-AFC1-BP  Fortran Compiler
 DEC DEC-08-AFC3-BP  Fortran Operating System, 2x
 DEC DEC-08-ESAC-PB 8/14/67 Symbolic Editor
 SA=2--
 DEC DEC-08-ASB1-PB 2/4/67 PAL III Binary
 DEC DEC-08-ASB2-PA  PAL III Extended Symbols, ASCII 2x
 DEC DEC-08-C0C1-PB 11/10/67 ODT (Low)
 DEC DEC-08-C0C2-PB 11/10/67 ODT (High)
 DEC DEC-08-LBAA-PM 4/21/77 Binary Loader 2x
 DEC DEC-08-LPALA-PA3 3/77 PAL III, Source
 Replaces: DEC-08-ASC1-PA
 DEC DEC-08-YQ1A-PB 4/18/65  Floating Point Package 1
 Basic System 7;40-61;5600-7577 A
 DEC DEC-08-YQ2A-PB 4/18/65 Floating Point Package 2
 Interpreter; I/O Controller 7;40-62;5400-7577 B
 DEC DEC-08-YQ2A-PB 4/18/65 Floating Point Package 3
 Interpreter; I/O; Functions 7;40-61;4757-7577 C
 DEC DEC-08-YQ4A-PB 4/18/65 
 Floating Point Package 4
 Interpreter; I/O; I/O Controller 7;40-62-4557-7577 D
    
 DEC DIGITAL-8-5-U-BIN 2/1/65 BINARY PUNCH ROUTINE
 SA:7465; SR: OF BLOCKS STARTING ADDRESS;
 FINAL ADDRESS (LOW)
 DEC DIGITAL-8-6-U-ASCII 3/17/65 Octal memory Dump
    
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHKAA-B-PB 12/7/76 8E Adder Tests
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHKAA-B-PB 6/7/77 8E Adder Tests
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHKAC-A-PB 12/7/76 MM8E 4K Memory Checkerboard
 Replaces: MAINDEC-08-D1AB-PB
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHKAC-A-PB 6/10/77 MM8E 4K Memory Checkerboard
 Replaces: MAINDEC-08-D1AB-PB
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHKAD-A-PB 12/7/76 Memory Address Test
 Replaces: MAINDEC-08-D1EC-PB
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHKAD-A-PB 6/10/77 Memory Address Test
 Replaces: MAINDEC-08-D1EC-PB
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHKAF-PB 4/4/77 PDP-8/E Instruction Test 1
 Replaces: MAINDEC-8E-D0AB
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHKAF-A-PB 12/1/76 PDP-8/E Instruction Test 1
 Replaces: MAINDEC-8E-D0AB
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHKAG-A-PB 12/7/76 PDP-8/E Instruction Test 2
 Replaces: MAINDEC-8E-D0BB-PB
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHKAG-A-PB 6/24/77 PDP-8/E Instruction Test 2
 Replaces: MAINDEC-8E-D0BB-PB
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHKLD-A-PB 1/7/77 PDP-8/E Teletype and LK8 Asynchronous Data Control Tests
 Replaces: MAINDEC-8E-D2AC-PB
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHKLD-A-PB 6/8/77 PDP-8/E Teletype and LK8 Asynchronous Data Control Tests
 Replaces: MAINDEC-8E-D2AC-PB
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHKMA-C-PB 10/29/76 PDP-8E Extended Memory Data & Checkerboard Test 2x
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHKMC-B-PB 10/14/76 PDP-8/E Extended Memory Address Test (EA8E) 2x
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DHMCA-A-PB 10/4/76 PDP-8E Memory Extension and Time Share Control Test 2x
 Replaces: MAINDEC-8E-D1HB-PB
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DJEXB-A-PB 12/14/76 2K to 32k PDP-8A Processor Exerciser
 DEC MAINDEC-08-DJEXB-A-PB 7/26/77 2K to 32k PDP-8A Processor Exerciser
 DEC MAINDEC-8E-D1GB-PB 12/07/76 PDP-8/E Memory Power On/Off Test
 DEC MAINDEC-8E-D1GB-PB 6/10/77 PDP-8/E Memory Power On/Off Test
    
 DECUS 5/8-18 Blue Binary Tape Disassembly Program, SA=0200, 168-13778, 2x
 DECUS 5/8-18c Red Disassembler With Symbols, SA-0200, Symbolic #1, 3x
 DECUS 5/8-18c Red Disassembler With Symbols, SA-0200, Symbolic #2, 2x
 DECUS 5/8-18c Red Disassembler With Symbols, SA-0200, Symbolic #3, 2x
 DECUS 5/8-18c Red Disassembler With Symbols, SA-0200, Symbolic #4, 2x
 DECUS 5/8-18c Red Disassembler With Symbols, Patch, Symbolic #5, 2x
 DECUS 8-47 Red ALBIN, Symbolic, #1, 2x
 DECUS 8-47 Red ALBIN, Symbol Table, Symbolic, #2
 DECUS 8-47 Red ALBIN, Offline Octal Loc. Values, #3
 DECUS 8-47 Blue ALBIN
 DECUS 8-81 Red RIM/BIN Data/Program Tape Generator, 2x
 DECUS 8-81 Blue RIM/BIN Data/Program Tape Generator, SA-6000, 2x
 DECUS 8-84 Red One Pass PAL III, 2x
 DECUS 8-84 Blue One Pass PAL III Binary
 DECUS 8-106 Red Table for Readable Punch #1, 3x
 DECUS 8-106 Red Table for Readable Punch #2
 DECUS 8-106 Blue Table for Readable Punch, Binary
 DECUS 8-130A Red REBIL 8, Symbolic
 DECUS 8-130A Blue REBIL 8, RIM
 DECUS 8-130B Red RELCON, Symbolic
 DECUS 8-130B Blue RELCON, Relocatable Binary
 DECUS   
 DECUS 8-132 Blue SLOW paper Tape Reader patch to Strip Load After STRIP
 Data Input Terminated by CTRL P
 DECUS 8-132  STRIP (use loader 4 times)
 SAVE STRIP 0-777, 1600-2177. 3600, 4200-7577; 3600
 DECUS 8-142 Red Binary Punch Extended Memory
 DECUS 8-142 Blue Binary Punch Extended Memory, SA-7600
 DECUS 8-196 Blue DET, Spell
 DECUS 8-286 Red Two Patches for Disassembler with Symbols, ASCII
 DECUS 8-286 Blue Two Patches for Disassembler with Symbols, Binary
 DECUS 8-297 Blue TRACE, Complete Binary, SA=110200 or 110000, 20/Dec/69
 DECUS 8-390 Blue PALEDCO, Binary
 DECUS 8-503 Blue MACRO 8X, SA 200
    
 CDC       Mastermind (BASIC - CDC)
    
    SCANNER.PA
    Editor - Binary, 2x
    FOCAL + Init
    PAL-III Binary
    PAL-III With Ext Sym. Table 2x
    Tape Copier Binary, 3x
 SA=200
    Binary Punch
 SA=7464
    Floppy Disk Boot
    FORTRAN Compiler Binary
  
 DSDXRX01N.BN  28-JUL-76 DSD-210-8
 OS/8 NON-System Handler
Build Format
 DSD   Quick Floppy Boot
 DSD VEP-210 V4E  DSD-210-8 Diag
SA=200, A=201

Documentation
 Source P/N Date Description
 ECRM M-101 JAN-74 5000 Series Autoreader, Introduction to OCR and the ECRM Autoreader
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    


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There are a lot of special Omnibus boards in there.
The inventory of the boards is at the left.

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