The IBM 3800 printer is installed, the first printer to combine laser technology and electrophotography. The technology speeded the printing of bank statements, premium notices, and other high-volume documents, and remains a workhorse for billing and accounts receivable departments.
The Enterprise, the first vehicle in the U.S. Space Shuttle program, makes its debut at Palmdale, California, carrying flight computers and special hardware built by the Federal Systems Division.
IBM also announces the 3838 array processor, designed to help pinpoint oil deposits; the Series/1; the Series III Copier/Duplicator; the 6640 Document Printer; the Word Processor/32; and the 2991 Model 2 Blood Cell Processor.
IBM Research scientists fabricate the world's narrowest experimental circuit lines, measuring less than one-fiftieth of the wavelength of visible light.
The Santa Teresa, California, programming development laboratory is completed. IBM Brazil dedicates Gavea Residential Educational Center, the first on-site customer education facility in South America. IBM Columbia dedicates a new plant in Bogota.
IBM helps celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial by sponsoring "America on Stage: 200 Years of Performing Arts" at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., and by announcing grants to the traveling exhibition "The World of Franklin and Jefferson," and "Operation Sail," an international regatta involving some 150 historic and contemporary sailing vessels from 30 countries.
Energy usage at IBM U.S. locations is reduced 36 percent from 1973 preconservation levels, for a savings of more than $58 million.