IBM 087

IBM 087

IBM 087
On November 27, 1957, IBM announced the 087 collator. It was the one of the first two products developed by the company's laboratory in Rochester, Minn., as a redesign of existing collators already built in Rochester.

The 87 collator compared alphabetic, numerical, and special character data punched into cards while performing many card filing and selection operations. It simultaneously could feed two sets of cards, merging the matched cards and selecting unmatched cards. In addition, the machine could check the sequence of the primary file of cards. The 87 operated at speeds of 240 to 480 cards a minute.

IBM withdrew the 87 collator from marketing on September 7, 1978.