To put Automate 2011 in a historical perspective, the first robot went into industrial use fifty years ago. It was a Unimate sold to General Motors for die casting operations. See an old Unimate in person at the Kawasaki booth 348 during Automate 2011.
“To help mark 50 years of robotics history since the issue of the first robot patent to industry pioneer George Duvol, attendees will have the opportunity to view an original Unimate 2005G,” says Yanik Van Coppenolle, Marketing Specialist at Kawasaki. The 2005G was a five-axis machine with 1,980 mm of reach and boasted a payload of 60 kg. “Those attending Automate 2011 can compare the Unimate’s capabilities with that of current industrial robots.”
A display and timeline marking the 50th anniversary of the industrial robot will highlight the Past, Present and Future of Robotics on the Automate Show floor.