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First Industrial Robot


First Industrial Robot
Name: Unimate Year: 1961 Creator: George Devol
The first industrial robot joined the assembly line at General Motors in 1961. The ‘Unimate’ used its powerful robot arm to create die castings from machines and welded components onto car chassis. It was the first robotic arm that helped speed up production lines at manufacturing plants around the world.

First Industrial Robot  Name: Unimate Year: 1961 Creator: George Devol  The first industrial robot joined the assembly line at General Motors in 1961. The ‘Unimate’ used its powerful robot arm to create die castings from machines and welded components onto car chassis. It was the first robotic arm that helped speed up production lines at manufacturing plants around the world.
Originally costing $25,000 (approx £16,200), the robot featured six programmable axes of motion and was designed to handle heavy materials and components at high speed. Using it’s 1,800-kilogram (3,970-pound) arm, the Unimate was extremely versatile and soon became one of the most popular industrial robots in the world.
Unimate became popular outside of the manufacturing industry too, appearing on Jonny Carson’s The Tonight Show where it poured a beer and even conducted an orchestra.
George Devol, who first designed the Unimate in the 1950s, went on to create the world’s first robot manufacturing company, Unimation. Robots have become commonplace on the modern assembly line as their ability to perform repetitive tasks at high-speed makes them ideal for manufacturing.