|DTS 500 at a Wal-Mart|
In 1984 I was transferred to Vermont where CCR had established a branch service office in Montpelier. Hammond-Epco had lost the DTS franchise in the state and we took it over. Vermont is a beautiful state and it was great to travel all over it on service calls and see it up close.
The downside to taking over the accounts of another dealer is that you have no programming documentation of the machines. That meant taking program 'dumps' from the registers and translating them into a hard copy. The one that was the trickiest was the DTS 440 because a program dump was from a Seiko EP-101 printer. The printout was whatever the character was on the printdrum for that particular column and position. The program was written in hexadecimal so there were 16 characters in each set. It was a matter of identifying the character for each column of each line and convert it to the hex equivalent and inserting it into the appropriate places on the program sheet.
There were a lot of DTS 440's in many P&C and Grand Union markets. Later, Price Chopper bought up a lot of these stores. There were also many smaller businesses with every model of DTS. In addition, we were heavily engaged in TEC's and serviced just about any other brand; Casio, Sharp, Teknika, etc.
DTS's new line of ECR's was the DTS 2100, not built by them but by Kyrocera, a Japanese firm. It was a popular machine that worked fairly well. It had an interesting bit of engineering in it; if the printer circuit overloaded, it would blow out a transistor to protect the fuse, hmmmmm. Not long after, Data Terminal Systems got bounced around, first it was sold to National Semiconductor, then they were sold to ICL who was in turn sold to Fujitsu, I hope I have that all correct!