Year of production: 2013
The Weiss Code
A film by Werner Aellen and Reinhard Manz
"My creed essentially is such: to explore, to execute and to improve".
His enthusiasm and knowledge of mechanics made Heinrich Weiss into a creative inventor. In his print shop in Basel, Switzerland, he developed a bar code system in 1955 with which he was able to rapidly and accurately sort the different medication boxes for the blooming pharmaceutical industry of his town. Thus he was the first world-wide to make a workable bar code system. The bar code as we now know it was not introduced until 1972.
Even as a boy, Heinrich Weiss already collected clocks and mechanical music boxes and admired the vast variety of technical innovations and solutions. With the opening of his private museum in 1979, he adandoned the race of technical innovation by selling his printing company and fully concentrating on his collection. Today, the expanded Museum for Music Automats in Seewen, SO, Switzerland is open six days per week.
Format: DVD, Pal
Lenght: 54 minutes
Language: German, Dialect
Subtitles: DE, EN, FR, DE for audio impared
We wish to thank: Dr. h.c. Heinrich Weiss; Dr. Christoph Hänggi, Director of the Museum for Musicautomats, Seewen; Jürg Abt, Zellweger AG, Uster; Georg Hofmeier, President of the Society for the Museum of Musicautomats; Prof. Daniel Debrunner, Berner Fachschule Biel; David Rumsey, Organist and organ specialist; Bernard Vionnet, Bobst Group SA, Lausanne
The film was made possible through financial contributions from: Society for the Museum of Musicautomats GMS; Swisslosfonds of the Canton Solothurn; Federal Deprtment of Culture, Division for the Museums and Collections; Heinrich and Susanne Weiss-Stauffacher Foundation; Cantonal Bank of Basel-Land; EBM Elektra Birseck
Production: point de vue DOC / Ageless Productions Inc. Basel
© point de vue DOC 2013