The Rise and Fall of Unimation Inc.
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
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
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.
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; GMâ€™s die casting plant in Trenton, NJ. Unimate #001 is now on display at the Ford Museum at Greenfield Village in Michigan. Circa 1961.
At the sales and service facility in Detroit, a sales representative gives a client a demonstration of the 2100 Series Unimate with the machineâ€™s top cover removed to reveal its 6-axis configuration.