- ASEA IRB
The ASEA IRB is an industrial robot series for material handling, packing, transportation, polishing, welding, and grading. Built in 1975, the robot allowed movement in 5 axes with a lift capacity of 6 kg. It was the world's first fully electrically driven and microprocessor-controlled robot, using
Intel's first chipset.
The ASEA IRB was constructed by
Björn Weichbrodt, Ove Kullborg, Bengt Nilssonand Herbert Kaufmannand was manufactured by ASEAin Sweden/ Västerås. The first model, IRB 6, was developed in 1972- 1973on assignment by the ASEA CEO Curt Nicolinand was shown for the first time at the end of August 1973. The example shown in the technical museumis the first robot that was sold. It was bought by Magnussons in Genarpto wax and polish rust-free tubes bent at 90° angles. This robot was donated to the museum during ASEA's 100-year anniversary in 1983.
The IRB 6 sold 1900 copies during the next 17 years (
1975- 1992). It became the Swedish symbol for a new Labour market, shared between man and robot. [cite web|title=IRB 6 The world's first completely fully electrically driven and microprocessor controlled robot.|url=http://www.tekniskamuseet.se/robotics/utst/fabriken/IRB6.htm 070516 tekniskamuseet.se (in Swedish language)]
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