Dextralog electronic circuit board

1974 in Greater Manchester and Blackburn
Dextralog electronic circuit board

Dextralog electronic circuit board
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Musuem

Electronic circuit board from a selector box, made by Dextralog, c.1974. One of the earliest circuit boards produced by Dextralog.

In the early 1970s, the Dextralog system solved a problem facing the textiles industry. It sparked a revolution in how we use computers to make decisions. Dextralog used early computer technology to gather real-time data about how a weaving mill’s looms were performing. If a loom stopped, Dextralog pinpointed where, when and why. Now workers and managers had instant access to information that could drive better decisions and higher production and profits.

Setting standards in machine monitoring, Dextralog showed computers could transform data gathering and decision making.

This electronic circuit board controlled the Dextralog selector box, which attached to a loom with sensors. If the loom stopped, the weaver could log the reason why by pressing a button.


Textile Industry
Object Number:
metal (unknown), electronic components and composites
overall: 260 mm x 115 mm x 50 mm,
circuit board
Gift of Mr David Wood