Robot, First Unimate Robot Ever Installed on an Assembly Line, 1961

Summary

Unimate robots were the world's first successful industrial robots. The units, designed by Unimation Inc., could perform tasks in manufacturing facilities that were difficult, dangerous, or monotonous for human workers. This is the first Unimate ever used on an assembly line. It was installed at the General Motors plant in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1961 to unload a die-casting press.

Unimate robots were the world's first successful industrial robots. The units, designed by Unimation Inc., could perform tasks in manufacturing facilities that were difficult, dangerous, or monotonous for human workers. This is the first Unimate ever used on an assembly line. It was installed at the General Motors plant in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1961 to unload a die-casting press.

Artifact

Industrial robot

Date Made

1961

Creators

Devol, George C., 1912-2011 

Engelberger, Joseph F., 1925-2015 

Unimation, Inc. 

Place of Creation

United States, Connecticut, Danbury 

Creator Notes

Designed by George C. Devol and Joseph F. Engelberger and made by Unimation, Inc., Danbury, Connecticut.

 On Exhibit

On Loan - Victoria & Albert Museum

Object ID

76.115.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Unimation.

Material

Iron (Metal)
Metal
Plastic
Steel

Color

Gray (Color)
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 63.25 in

Width: 48 in

Depth: 59.938 in

Weight: 3000 lbs

Inscriptions

On side of plastic cover on arm: Unimation, Inc

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