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The Rise and Fall of Unimation Inc. – Gallery

EXCLUSIVE GALLERY!!

The Rise and Fall of Unimation Inc.
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A story of robotics innovation and triumph that changed the world

–Supplementing the feature article by George Munson appearing in the September/October issue of Robot Magazine now on-sale (issue No. 24)

Our thanks to Leslie Ballard, who condensed and edited the manuscript for publication, and who prepared this gallery in collaboration with George Munson
–Tom Atwood, editor-in-chief

A YouTube video is also available. This was filmed in 1966 on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson See it here: Unimate Robot on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson

Publicity Photographs:
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Isaac Asimov; Bernard Sallott, Director of Society of Manufacturing Engineers; and George Munson, Unimation V.P. of Systems at the SME annual awards. December 1982.

 

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Unimation President, Joe Engelberger in his trademark bowtie, development engineer George Munson, and Unimation chief engineer Maurice Dunne prep Unimate serial #001 for shipment to the first installation; GM’s die casting plant in Trenton, NJ. Unimate #001 is now on display at the Ford Museum at Greenfield Village in Michigan. Circa 1961.

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At the sales and service facility in Detroit, a sales representative gives a client a demonstration of the 2100 Series Unimate with the machine’s top cover removed to reveal its 6-axis configuration.

 

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At the original Shelter Rock Road engineering and production facility in Bethel, CT, a lab-coated technician and an engineer put a 4000 Series Unimate through its paces prior to shipping and delivery.

 

Unimation Product Photos:
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Installations and Robots at work:
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Schematics and Mechanical Drawings:
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Presentation Slides:
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