Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Automated Bowling Arrives In UK
‘Five-pin bowling has been introduced in Scotland at East Kilbride using Canadian-made pin-sweeping and pin-setting automatic equipment manufactured by the Double Diamond Bowling Supply Company of Toronto.’
So, 50 years ago, starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of January 25th 1961.
The story continues:
‘Built at a cost of £250,000 by Thomson Recreational Enterprises, a new company formed by Roy Thomson, TV and newspaper magnate, the rink is the first of its type in Britain.’
‘A system of relays and micro-switches activates compressed air to carry out the sweeping, elevating and resetting motions.’
‘A photoelectric ray marks the ‘foul’ line over which players are not allowed to step.’
‘There are 16 lanes each equipped with individual machines, controlled either by the manager’s box or by the players.’
‘Equipment used includes Arrow heart automatic pin-setting controller and a Double Diamond Fleet-ray manufactured by Philips Electronics of Learside, Ontario which controls the ‘foul’ line.’Tags: heart, micro switches, philips electronics, relays, roy thomson