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Mystery PDP-11

Posted <2017-10-29 Sun 14:44> by Aaron S. Jackson.

I was sent a mystery PDP-11 from Finland (thank you JT). It was taken from an old Nokia Automation plant many years ago, built by Unimation. Hence, many of the cards are used for such applications. Here are all the cards, and some information (if I can find any) in order (top left to bottom right).

Now things get weird because the next cards are plugged into a second backplane which I am assuming is not Q-bus, but something controlled by the previously mentioned card.

So, who knows what I will do with this machine. It will be a lot of fun though, so if I can get it to poke the servo boards I'll try and get it to do something interesting. I'm going to keep an eye out for a logic analyzer because trying to figure out what this stuff does without documentation might be quite hard.

This PDP-11 does not have a built in power supply. I think I will try and build one from an ATX power supply which uses the same connector going into the back, just to keep things are original as possible.

Exciting stuff!

I managed to find a PDF of the manual for the Unimation Puma 700 series robots on scribd, which I have uploaded to Archive here. There are some nice diagrams, so I've included them below. It's quite interesting to see how the machine would have been used.

Back of the PDP-11, or is it the front?

Back of the PDP-11, or is it the front?

The robot and system hooked up

The robot and system hooked up

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