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May 13, 1987

KIENZLE TAKES ITS 9000 INTO THE FACTORY AS IT WAITS FOR COMPETITIVE UNIX BOX

By CBR Staff Writer

The Mannesmann Kienzle subsidiary of the West German steel giant – Mannesmann is much more at home with hefty steel pipes than it is with the kind favoured by the tecchies at Bell Labs – is nevertheless hanging its lederhosen on Unix. It recently bought into Unix by acquiring a controlling stake in Unix microsystems manufacturer PCS Cadmus GmbH of Munich, and says that by the mid-1990s all its systems will be Unix-based. But at the moment it reckons that current Unix machines do not reach the standard of its 9000 series – based on the rather unfancied Texas Instruments TMS99000 microprocessor – and its proprietary MTOS operating system. The company believes that Unix needs more horsepower than the average operating system and adds that as soon as a Unix machine rated at around 10 MIPS that is price – performance – competitive with the products it inherited with its Black Forest acquisition Keinzle AG comes out, it will go for it. In the mean time Kienzle has glued a number of its software products together, put them onto its MTOS-based 9000 series machines and is presenting them as Kiman – its Computer-Integrated Manufacturing offering. Kiman consists of the Kifis shop floor data collection system; the Manumark production planning and scheduling system; the Impact II financial management system; and the Kioffice office automation package.

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