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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.
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).
1980
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

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

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

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