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2019/102/1 Industrial Robot, Cincinnati Milacron T3, with controller, hydraulic powerpack and instruction manuals, mixed materials, made by Cincinnati Milacron in USA, c. 1980, thought to have been used at Ford manufacturing facility, Homebush, New South Wales, Australia, 1980-1994. Click to enlarge.

Cincinnati Milacron T3 industrial robot

Made
The Cincinnati Milacron T3 was the first commercially available computer-controlled industrial robot. This robot is thought to have been used in a training facility at the Ford assembly plant in Homebush, Sydney, from around 1980 until the plant's closure in 1994.

When first developed by Cincinnati Milacron Corporation in the USA in 1973, this robot was called 'The Tomorrow Tool' or T3. This name evokes the expectation and anticipation that robotics in industry presented as the technology …

Summary

Object No.

2019/102/1

Object Statement

Industrial Robot, Cincinnati Milacron T3, with controller, hydraulic powerpack and instruction manuals, mixed materials, made by Cincinnati Milacron in USA, c. 1980, thought to have been used at Ford manufacturing facility, Homebush, New South Wales, Australia, 1980-1994

Physical Description

Jointed arm robot, Cincinnati Milacron T3, mounted on a rotary joint whose major axis is perpendicular to the robot mounting plate. This axis is known as the base or waist. Three axes are required to emulate the movement of the wrist and they are called pitch, yaw and roll.

ACRAMATIC computer-control system with solid state integrated circuit electronics.
Hydraulic/electrical power unit.

Electronic data cassette recorder 'STR Link IIA' with two programmable tapes

The computer control system is programmed using the portable control terminal to lead the robot through the movements and enter position information into the computer memory. Additional information is entered by the keyboard on the control console which includes a CRT for display of status and diagnostic information. Programs for repeated use can be stored on tapes using the accompanying electronic data cassette recorder.

Information sourced from 'Discover the tomorrow tool. Today' Cincinnati Milacron, advertisement, 1980.

Production

Notes

Made by Cincinnati Milacron Inc in USA, late 1970s to early 1980s.

History

Notes

According to the donor this robot was used at the Ford production facility in Homebush, NSW for training workers from around 1980-mid 1990s. It is believed that two identical robots were used in the facility for welding automobile bodies.

Purchased by the donor in late 1990s with the intention of setting up an engineering business but was never used.

The machine has little more than 500 hours use and is in excellent condition.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Jewell, 2019

Acquisition Date

11 December 2019

Cite this Object

Harvard

Cincinnati Milacron T3 industrial robot 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 September 2022, <https://ma.as/574553>

Wikipedia

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