Design Software Ltd (later DSL Systems Ltd) founded by Paul Girdham and Vic Middleton. The first jobs were developing software for the Chronos Richardson SOW 400 batching controller based on a DEC LSI-11 running RT-11.
Chronos Richardson commissioned DSL to develop the first fully configurable system for Rubber Mills. Called SOW900, it was based on a DEC LSI-11 mini-computer running a form of BASIC called SWEPSPEED.
DSL moves into new offices on Highfields Science Park, next to The University of Nottingham.
DSL appointed by W & T Avery to be its external software house developing systems in the ‘C’ language.
DSL acted as process control consultants for the John Thompsons and Sons Animal Feed Mill in Belfast.
DSL awarded a government SMART (Small firms Merit Award for Research and Technology) grant for OBT (Optimised Batching Technology).
DSL launches its LBC25 animal feed batch control system. This was based on DEC VAX hardware and the VMS operating system. The first system is commissioned at BOCM Silcock Blandford Forum then a month later at BOCM Silcock Exeter and the following year at BOCM Silcock Bury St Edmunds.
DSL launches SBC4 animal feed batch control system for smaller plants. This was based on Windows for Workgroups and Pentium PCs.
Company name changed to DSL Systems Ltd.
SBC4 installed at the new Castlemahon animal feed mill in Ireland.
DSL launch Press Master NT system. This was a comprehensive animal feed pellet press controller. The first installation was at BOCM PAULS Burstwick.
LBC25 and Press Master NT installed at the new W & J Pye Animal Feed mill in Lancaster.
DSL launch Batch Master NT. This was a redesign of the best of LBC25 and SBC4 batch controllers running on PCs with Windows NT.
Batch Master NT and Press Master NT installed at the new Dove Valley mill in Ashbourne.
DSL open an office in Kansas, USA
Press Master NT and Batch Master NT were combined in to a single complete control system for animal feed mills called AutoPilot4Feed. This also included driver operated modules for intake and outloading.
AutoPilot4Feed is installed at John Thompson and Sons in Belfast – the most complex feed mill in the world. Control covered the entire mill from the delivery of the raw material to the collection of the finished product.
AutoPilot4Feed is installed at Caste Aliments in France with French translations.
DSL introduced AutoPilot4Flour for comprehensive flour mill control.
DSL established in Kansas to provide availability of AutoPilot4Feed throughout North America.
AutoPilot4Feed implemented to control new Sietsema feed mill in USA.
DSL win Victam Innovation Award for handheld wireless control PDA.
Management buyout led by Matthew Swallow took over control of DSL Systems and protected its long-term future.
DSL moves to new and larger offices in West Bridgford, Nottingham.
Upgrade of 11 BOCM PAULS compound mills to AutoPilot4Feed completed.
AutoPilot4Feed was ported to the .net platform for true compatibility with the latest Microsoft operating system to ensure maintainability and continuity of the product.
PT Kaliber, Indonesia appointed as agent for DSL.
AutoPilot4Feed is installed at the new £18 million Fane Valley animal feed mill in Omagh.
DSL launched their wireless Warehouse Stock Tracking system which fully integrates with AutoPilot4Feed.
DSL appointed a new agent, Hennessy Electrical, in New Zealand.
DSL launched their material requirement planning system for AutoPilot4Feed called MRP4Feed.
DSL launched their OEE4Feed web-based plant performance monitoring system.