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  • In 1946 AMF Bowling launched the first commercial fully automatic pinspotter to replace the earlier Brunswick semi automatic and fully manual bowling establishments. Brunswick itself introduced its own automatic pinspotter design to bowling centers in 1955.
  • The 1946 AMF Pinspotter didn't work well. It NEVER came out commercially. It was totally redesigned and came out commercially in 1952. Brunswick came out with their own automatic in 1956 commercially. Brunswick actually had a working automatic designed in 1929 but it was not always reliable. After AMF came out with their pinspotter in 1952, Brunswick started a crash program using some of the (expired) patents of Brunswick inventor Ernest Hedenskoog. They used the Huck Company and also the Otis Elevator Company to help with the design. The Brunswick Automatic was mainly mechanical while the AMF was more electrical.

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