1947: General Motors establishes an “automation” department to oversee the development of mechanized controls for assembly lines.
1960s: Integrated circuits, and advances in computer storage capacity and controls, expand industrial applications for robotics.
1961: The first true robot is introduced, to unload parts in a U.S. die-casting operation.
1981: A revolutionary design that increases the speed and agility of robots, SCARA (Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm) is introduced in Japan and soon put into operation by Mitsubishi.
1990s: Automation connects with business process management (BPM) to create advanced, integrated robotics systems.
1996: A computer, Deep Blue, loses to reigning world chess champion Garry Kasparov — but defeats him in a 1997 rematch. This event ushers in rapid development of AI in robotics.
2000: Honda unveils ASIMO (Advanced Step In Innovation Mobility), a revolutionary humanoid robot.
2011: Apple introduces SIRI, voice-recognition software that stimulates rapid VR development.
- Arc Welding
- Cutting, Grinding, Deburring, Polishing
- Gluing, Sealing
- Quality Control
- Order Picking
- Packing & Palletizing
- Material Handling
- Keeps humans out of hazardous and harsh environments
- Reduces injuries due to human error or fatigue
- Replaces human labor on dull, repetitive tasks
- Handles the heavy lifting Co-bots: Collaborative robots working together to accomplish more complex tasks.
Autonomous robots: Mobile machines moving products through warehouses and factory floors. Drones: For transportation, agriculture, warehouse scanning and more.
Microbots: Helping emergency responders explore small or dangerous spaces. Health and elder care will see dynamic growth, with rehab robots, active prostheses, exoskeletons leading the way