The Industrial Robot-a programmable device capable of executing
autonomously a number of manipulations in a production line--opens
new perspectives in terms of progress in the mechan- ization of
industrial production. It ought to be able to liberate man from
dangerous, unpleasant and monotonous work. Industrial Robots made
their first appearance in the USA in 1962 where they were mainly
used in the automobile industry. Since then the number of
manufacturers has increased substantially and Industrial Robots are
currently finding ever widening fields of application. Anyone
wishing to learn something about Industrial Robots is somewhat
confined to conferences and their proceedings as these are at the
moment the best way to keep abreast of developments in this new and
complex field. The "Journees de Microtechnique" take place every
two years at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne and
treat a different subject of current interest on each occasion. The
subject chosen for October 1974 was the Industrial Robot in
general. together with its precision engineering aspects. The
present proceedings although somewhat heterogenious, provide abrief
introduction to this field and record the state of this technique,
of a marked interdisciplinary nature, which is in constant and
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