Among the designs for which MANUFACTURING LICENCE AGREEMENTS have been
Transposer to Continental Microwave Ltd.; EQl/520A-C Oscilloscope
Equaliser to Dynamic Technology Ltd.; FL2/559 and FL2/560 Band IV and V
Bandpass Filters to EMI Ltd. j C08/50l Analogue to Digital Converter and
C09/50l Digital to Analogue Converter to Rank Cintelj CD3M/5l8 VTR Time
Code Decoder and GElM/577 VTR Time Code Generator to Video Electronics
Ltd; and the AM5/526 Low Noise Video Amplifier to Wessex Electronics
Ltd. This has raised £3,650 in licence fees for the BBC together with
approximately £20,000 of annual royalties for all the manufacturing
licence agreements now in force. A certain amount of technical "after
sales service" was provided to companies who already have manufacturing
licence agreements and demonstrations of new equipment were given to
organisations investigating the possibility of licences.
The Administration Unit has been badly affected by staff shortages. In
Manufacturing Information Assistant, General Office Clerk and Copy
Typist all left with the result that only essential services could be
maintained and even then with some difficulties. Appointments to fill
these vacancies were made and all the posts should be filled early in
Inflation has again caused costs to
accordingly. The financial workload
increased by the returns necessary in
overtime being worked in certain areas
rise and rates have been adjusted
which is always high has been
relation to the high level of
where staff shortages persist.
It was just possible with deployment of the work elsewhere to maintain
the Management Information System although the issue of the Information
was unavoidably late on two occasions and the quality of presentation
suffered. Maintenance of leave recording was undertaken by H.D.D.'s
secretary whilst the post was vacant.
It was not possible to adapt the Management Information system for
preparation by the Wang word-processing machine during 1977 but it is
hoped that effort will be available to do this early in 1978.
80 computerised parts lists were produced in the year making a total of
305 since the system was introduced in 1973.
The new library referred to in the last Annual Report was well utilised
throughout the year and the better display of books, periodicals and
technical 'information was greatly appreciated by the users.
The Wang word processing machine was fully utilised throughout the whole
year. It was heavily involved with the creation of the master files for
the RD&CE Manual. This work will be completed early in 1978.
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