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GM goes high-tech for Christmas [video]

Company shows off some of their 25,000 robots

The holiday videos keep on rolling in as General Motors has released a new clip which stars the company's manufacturing robots.

Filmed at the company's plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the video shows how an industrialized Santa could optimize his efficiency by using high-tech machines instead of elves.

While we probably wouldn't recommend spot welding gift-wrapped presents, GM points out that they have more than 25,000 robots and originally teamed up with Joseph Engelberger - the "Father of Robotics” - in 1961 to help create one of the first industrial robots to be used in an automotive factory.

Source: GM

GM Manufacturing Robots Send Holiday Greetings
Some of 25,000 robots used globally pause for present packing

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A few of General Motors’ 25,000 manufacturing robots are taking a break from their daily welding, fastening and painting chores to spread some holiday cheer.

Of course, it’s a strictly programmed activity, not a rogue rise of the machines. While unusual, the ho, ho, ho-larious task is just an offshoot of GM’s drive to develop flexible manufacturing systems. GM has influenced the development of a variety of robots – including those used in stamping, welding, painting, and assembly.

Fifty years ago, GM manufacturing engineers helped define the robotics industry. The company's 1961 collaboration with “Father of Robotics” Joseph Engelberger resulted in the first industrial robot used in a GM production facility, and is generally regarded as a technological/industrial milestone.

GM also played a key role in development of the robotics industry with the 1982 establishment of the GMFanuc joint venture. FANUC, as it is known today, is one of the world's largest makers of industrial robots.

GM still leads the industry in the development and use of commercial robotics in its manufacturing processes, purchasing and implementing approximately 3,000 robots globally each year.

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