Five early robots that transformed the auto industry

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1974 -- IRB 6: Forefather of a generation

The creation of the IRB 6 by ASEA shifted the landscape of robotic technology. While previous robots had been hydraulically powered, the IRB 6 was the first fully electric microprocessor-controlled manufacturing robot. According to ABB, it utilized Intel’s first computer chip set to deliver fast and uniform quality in a variety of industries and its anthropomorphic design became the standard of industrial robotic design for the next three decades. The IRB 6 led to a generation of sequels, such as the IRB 60 and IRB 2000, which would perform spot welding for auto manufacturers such as Saab up until the present day.

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