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App. B—Commissioned Background Papers

small, accurate, computer controlled robot designed for as- sembly.

General Electric is becoming very active in robot

research.

G. E. robot

has a vision,

substantial research effort in robot controllers and new VLSI

robot assembly,

micro

circuit

technology. robot which

They have embodies a

designed a very impressive laboratory number of innovative concepts. G. E.

also has of almost

a robot demonstration facility where they have one

every

robot

manufactured

today.

As

a

part

of

this

facility

they offer

cations

engineering.

courses in G. E. has

robot programming and appli- also announced intentions of

marketing the Italian PRAGMA robot in this country under name of ALLEGRO, as well as the Hitachi Process Robot.

the

Westinghouse burgh with

has established a productivity center a robotics research lab containing 15

in Pitts- robots of

all

different

kinds.

This

center

supports

Carnegie-Mellon

University research. NSF called

with $1 million per year grant for manufacturing Westinghouse also has a cost sharing project with APAS for Adaptable Programmable Assembly System.

This research project will be complete in

funded

by

NSF

at

about

$500K

per

year.

1982.

It has

Westinghouse

been also

has a R&D center which Florida to assess what nuclear power plants.

is working

teleoperator

with

the

technology

University

is

needed

of for

IBM has years.

been involved in robotics research for a number of IBM has developed robot programming languages called

AUTOPASS

and

EMILY

and

has

studied

the

problem

of

robot

as-

sembly.

IBM has also developed its

own robot which it uses

in its own manufacturing operations.

ics

effort is internally funded and

All of details

the IBM

robot-

of

the

projects

are not available.

Texas Instruments also has developed a robot which they

use

for assembly and testing of this effort are available.

hand

calculators.

No

details

of

Martin-Marietta has a robotics

ward

NASA

and

DOD

interests.

effort directed primarily to– They are working on automated

diagnosis and checkout and various autonomous speed requirements for

of avionics,

cockpit

simplification,

devices.

Martin

is

also

studying

the

space

shuttle

manipulators,

coordi-

nate about

transformations, and $3 million per year.

two

arm

coordination.

Funding is

Automatix is a small new company with a

heavy

robotics

research.

Robot

vision,

microcomputer

emphasis on control sys–

tems, and are their

applications engineering main target areas.

in

arc

welding

systems

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