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2008/58/1 Computer hardware cabinets (6), from TOSBAC (Toshiba Scientific and Business Computer) computer system, metal / plastic / electronic components, made by Toshiba Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, 1983, used by Transgrid NSW, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1985-2003. Click to enlarge.

Computer hardware cabinets, part of computer system used by Transgrid NSW

Made by Toshiba Corporation in Japan, Asia, 1983.

The computer hardware cabinets contain the minimum operable configuration of a computer system that controlled the distribution of high voltage electricity through NSW, Australia between 1985 and 2003. Transgrid, the organisation that donated these cabinets, oversees and coordinates high-voltage electricity transmission in New South Wales. They are one of the companies that were formed to take over the duties of the former State Electricity Commission. The TOSBAC Series 7/70E System, of which t...

Summary

Object No.

2008/58/1

Object Statement

Computer hardware cabinets (6), from TOSBAC (Toshiba Scientific and Business Computer) computer system, metal / plastic / electronic components, made by Toshiba Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, 1983, used by Transgrid NSW, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1985-2003

Physical Description

Computer hardware cabinets (6), from TOSBAC (Toshiba Scientific and Business Computer) computer system, metal / plastic / electronic components, made by Toshiba Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, 1983, used by Transgrid NSW, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1985-2003

The six computer hardware cabinets are of an aluminium outer construction with a cream coloured enameled finish. Although the cabinets appear similar, the components that the cabinets house perform different tasks.

The Training cabinet contains a simulation panel, twenty six removable circuit boards and a power supply with voltage meter. There are two manuals in the inside of the door of this cabinet.

The Monitor Panel cabinet contains a monitor with an analogue display and thirty two removable circuit boards. Attached to the inside of the door of the cabinet are four laminated A4 sheets with instructions on monitoring, and an unlaminated foolscap sheet with further handwritten instructions.

The Power Supply Unit cabinet contains the power supply distribution apparatus for the TOSBAC system.

The CPU 1 cabinet features a control panel rebated into the door. Inside it contains two power supply units, and sixty six removable circuit boards. There are three pages of handwritten log in the door.

The data tape cabinet features two reel to reel data capture systems - one above the other. The top system is for half hour snap shot data capture, the bottom system is for demand capture. The data tape is twenty four foot, 800 bits per inch tape.

The ARC 3 (Auxilury Relay Cabinet) contains a power supply, and a relay system .

Marks

Training Cabinet: Type MAP10M20S; Production No 3601200, FK2764, Manufactured September 1983; The Electricity Commission of NSW Transmission Division No CA/D725

Monitor Panel: Type MAP10M20S; Production No 3601200, FK0752, FK0753; Manufactured September 1983; The Electricity Commission of NSW Transmission Division No CA/D707

Power Supply Unit: Model PSU8001A001; Serial Number PD7012; The Electricity Commission of NSW Transmission Division No CA/D736

1CPU1 Cabinet: Model PSU8001A001 and PSO317A001; Serial Number PD7052 and 7002

ARC 3 Cabinet: Product Number 3601200FK2664; Serial Number 8351153; Manufactured January 1983; The Electricity Commission of NSW Transmission Division No CA/D722

Dimensions

Height

1800 mm

Width

610 mm

Depth

810 mm

Production

Notes

The computer hardware cabinets were manufactured by the Toshiba Corporation in Japan, 1983.

Toshiba was formed in 1939 with the merger of two companies: Shibaura Engineering Works and Tokyo Electric. The merged company - Tokyo Shibaura Denki - was nicknamed Toshiba, and in 1984 the company was officially renamed the Toshiba Corporation.

Tosbac and Trex (operating system) were designed by Toshiba as a general SCADA computer system.

History

Notes

These cabinets were assembled as a minimum operable configuration from the system that was running at the Transgrid control rooms at Carlingford in Sydney, Australia.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Transgrid New South Wales, 2008

Acquisition Date

18 March 2008

Cite this Object

Harvard

Computer hardware cabinets, part of computer system used by Transgrid NSW 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 January 2020, <https://ma.as/373633>

Wikipedia

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