History of Robot Division
Kawasaki started the production of the first industrial robot in Japan in 1969. The following is the milestone of our history in robotics.
Signed license agreement with Unimation (USA)
Started production of the first industrial robot (Unimate) in Japan.
Launched electric robot (P-series)
Launched large general-purpose robot (E-series)
Terminated license agreement, and began to develop our own robots.
Launched small-medium general-purpose robot (J-series)
Founded subsidiary in USA, Kawasaki Robotics (USA), Inc.
Launched large general-purpose robot (U-series)
Launched all-digital controller (AD-series)
Founded subsidiary in Germany, Kawasaki Robotics GmbH
Robot Division acquired ISO9001
Founded subsidiary in the UK, Kawasaki Robotics (UK), Ltd.
Launched all digital controller (C-series)
Expanded the clean robot business
Launched small-medium general-purpose robot (F-series)
Robot Division acquired ISO14001
Founded subsidiary in Korea, Kawasaki Machine Systems Korea, Ltd.
Launched large, general-purpose robot (Z-series)
Acquired painting robot business from Kobe Steel
Launched horizontal articulated type clean robot (NS-series)
Launched painting robot (K-series)
Launched extra-heavy duty robot (M-series)
Launched controller (D-series)
Launched horizontal articulated type clean robot (NX-series)
Developed and launched new technology FSJ (Friction Spot Joining)
Founded subsidiary in China, Kawasaki Robotics (Tianjin), Co., Ltd.
Launched horizontal articulated type clean robot (NT-series)
Launched small-medium, general purpose robot (R-series)
Launched most advanced controller to date (E-series)
Launched parallel type picking robot (Y-series)
Launched spot welding robot (BX-series)
Established Medicaroid Corporation to develop medical robots
Launched Medical and pharmaceutical robot (MC004N,MS005N)
Launched extra-large payload robot, MG10HL
Launched dual-arm SCARA robot “duAro” which can be safely collaborate with humans in work operations
Launched high-speed small payload robot, RS007N and RS007L
Launched a new robot system "Successor" that reproduces movements of skilled workers through remote cooperation
First debut of the humanoid robot "Kaleido" at iREX2017
Marked 50th anniversary of the robotics business
Launched "duAro2“ enabling use for a wider range of applications with an extended vertical stroke and increased payload
Evolved the humanoid robot "Kaleido" with expanded applications and exhibited the model at several trade shows
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