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Manufacturing & Robotics OVERVIEW


     The manufacturing and robotics sectors have become tightly intertwined in recent years, thanks to the rapidly growing importance of factory automation.
     On factory floors ranging from relatively small machine shops to giant automobile plants and electronics factories, computer-driven equipment plays a vital role in manufacturing worldwide.
     The sophistication of the equipment ranges from simple computer-aided machinery that cuts fabric prior to it being sewn into final garments, to robots that make highly accurate and sophisticated welds in car factories, to robots that can rapidly assemble tiny electronics components and solder them in place with blazing speed and great accuracy.
     The First Industrial RobotThe first industrial robot to be installed in a major manufacturing plant was probably a machine named Unimate #0001, utilized at a General Motors diecasting plant in Trenton, NJ beginning in 1959.
     The primary force behind the Unimate was an American named Joseph Engelberger (sometimes referred to as the “father of robotics”) of the Consolidated Controls Corp.
    of Bethel, CT.
     These efforts led to the establishment of a related firm, Unimation, Inc.
     By the late 1960s, automobile manufacturers were racing to install robotic units such as automated welders in their plants worldwide.
     As the decades went by, Japanese and German firms grew to be world leaders in factory automation equipment and robotics.
     This trend was directly tied to the growing dominance of Japanese and German

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